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Sam Levene (I) (1905–1980)

Sam Levene was the actor who originated "craps-shooter extraordinaire" Nathan Detroit in the seminal American musical "Guys and Dolls" on the Great White Way in the original 1950 production. Levene was not a good singer and had trouble staying in key, so his solo number "Sue Me" had to be written in one octave to compensate for his lack of pipes. ... See full bio »


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 1979 Us Two
 1979 The Champ
Uncle Eddie (uncredited)
 1977 The Royal Family (TV Movie)
Oscar Wolfe
 1976 God Told Me To
Everett Lukas
 1976 The Money
Lou Maurice
 1971 Such Good Friends
Uncle Eddie
 1969 A Dream of Kings
 1966 A Small Rebellion (TV Movie)
Noel Greb
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Noel Greb
- A Small Rebellion (1966) ... Noel Greb
 1963 Act One
Richard Maxwell
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Larry Fay
- The Larry Fay Story (1960) ... Larry Fay
 1960 The Witness (TV Series)
Louis Buchalter
- Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter (1960) ... Louis Buchalter
 1960 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Lieutenant Maharis
- Night Dive (1960) ... Lieutenant Maharis
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- World of Sholom Aleichem (1959) ... Mendele
 1959 The World of Sholom Aleichem (TV Movie)
 1958 Kathy O'
Ben Melnick
 1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
- Mrs. McThing (1958) ... Eddie
 1957 A Farewell to Arms
Swiss Sergeant (uncredited)
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Old Ticket (1957)
 1957 Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Howard Rysdale
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success
Frank D' Angelo
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Ben Selig / Ben Weber
- The Mother Bit (1957) ... Ben Selig
- The Playwright and the Stars (1957) ... Ben Weber
 1957 Designing Woman
Ned Hammerstein
 1956 The Opposite Sex
Mike Pearl
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Reporter McArdle
- Fearful Decision (1954) ... Reporter McArdle
 1954 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
- Johnny Blue (1954) ... Sam
 1954 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- The Alibi Kid (1954)
 1953 Three Sailors and a Girl
Joe Woods
 1950 Dial 1119
Dr. John D. Faron
 1950 With These Hands
Alexander Brody
 1950 Guilty Bystander
Capt. Tonetti
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- Light Up the Sky (1949)
 1948 Leather Gloves
 1948 The Babe Ruth Story
Phil Conrad
 1947 Killer McCoy
 1947 Brute Force
Louie Miller #7033
 1947 A Likely Story
 1947 Boomerang!
Dave Woods - 'Morning Record' Reporter
 1943 Shoe Shine Boy (Short)
 1943 Whistling in Brooklyn
 1943 I Dood It
Ed Jackson
 1943 Action in the North Atlantic
Abel 'Chips' Abrams
 1942 Destination Unknown
Victor, Elena's Aide
 1942 The Big Street
 1942 Grand Central Murder
Inspector Gunther
 1942 Sunday Punch
 1942 Sing Your Worries Away
Smiley Clark
 1941 Married Bachelor
Cookie Farrar
 1939 Golden Boy
 1938 The Mad Miss Manton
Lieutenant Brent
 1938 The Shopworn Angel
 1938 Yellow Jack
 1936 Three Men on a Horse
 1929 The Talk of Hollywood
Film Buyer (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared in / directed Carroll Moore's play, "Make a Million," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, with Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore in the cast. See more »


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In 1925 he was working as a dress cutter for his brother Joe and wanted to become a salesman. Joe would only agree if Sam improved his "poise", so, Sam auditioned for the legendary Charles Jehlinger, at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, who gave him a scholarship and the rest is history. See more »

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