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Eugene Levy Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 December 1946Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Nickname Butch
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eugene Levy has appeared in over fifty motion pictures, seven of which having topped the one hundred million dollar mark. His box office success in films, like Bringing Down the House (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), Father of the Bride Part II (1995) and Over the Hedge (2006), has helped establish him as one of Hollywood's most popular comedic character actors. But it was his role of "Jim's Dad" in Universal's billion dollar "American Pie" franchise that cemented his reputation as being America's favorite dad.

Teaming up with Christopher Guest, Levy earned critical acclaim for co-writing and co-starring in Best in Show (2000), Waiting for Guffman (1996), For Your Consideration (2006) and A Mighty Wind (2003). His work in A Mighty Wind (2003) garnered him a Grammy Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award, along with a Golden Globe nomination for Best in Show.

Levy started his career on the popular late night comedy series, SCTV (1976), where he won two Emmy Awards for writing. His early films include Splash (1984), Club Paradise (1986), Armed and Dangerous (1986) and Multiplicity (1996).

Recent projects include the hockey comedy, Goon (2011), opposite Jay Baruchel, Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber, Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock (2009), his work as the voice of Albert Einstein in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and, alongside Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson, in the animated feature, Astro Boy (2009). Next up is American Reunion (2012), the 10th anniversary sequel in the "American Pie" franchise.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ben Feigin

Spouse (1)

Deborah Divine (1977 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

His thick eyebrows
Distinctive voice
Glasses

Trivia (10)

He was part of the group Northern Lights, which sang the song "Tears Are Not Enough," which was on the "We are the World" benefit album.
Attended Westdale High School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Part of the original, groundbreaking cast of SCTV (1976)--otherwise known as SCTV. The Canadian TV Series was an comedic smash hit in the early 1980s and started the careers of Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, and the late John Candy just to name a few. He played many roles but was probably best known as earnest but dimwitted Melonville news broadcaster Earl Camembert and schlock Las Vegas lounge comic Bobby Bittman.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performance in the film New York Minute (2004). However, he failed to receive a nomination. The very next year, though, he got a Worst Supporting Actor Razzie Nomination for his roles in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) and The Man (2005).
Read for the part of Toby Ziegler on The West Wing (1999), but Richard Schiff eventually got the roll. According to producers, Levy came very close to getting the role, but they decided to cast Schiff for the part instead.
Has worked with actor Steve Martin on four different films--Father of the Bride (1991), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Bringing Down the House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).
Was supposed to host Saturday Night Live (1975) with John Candy back in 1985 (he, Candy and Billy Crystal did a promo for it on SNL the week before it was supposed to have been aired), but that episode never happened, due to a writer's strike shortly after the promo was aired.
He is the only actor to be in all eight of the "American Pie" movies.
His son, Dan Levy, is a host on MTV Canada. His daughter, Sarah Levy, is an actress.

Personal Quotes (6)

I can't do comedy that is cutting and vicious. If I knew I'd said something that was going to make someone feel bad, well, that supersedes everything.
[on his role in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)] I like playing villains - villains that aren't that bright, you know?..Okay, this is the guy. I'm thinking I can finally bring some mustaches out of the drawer..This is set in the mid-80s. Glasses down to here. And the mustache is somewhere between Hitler and Groucho.
One of the biggest misconceptions about me is that I'm a comedian, which I'm not. A comedian is someone who can stand up in front of an audience and make you laugh. I've never done stand-up and I never will. I'm a comic actor. My comedy comes through my characters.
I would love to work with Sir Anthony Hopkins. How and why that would happen in a comedy I'm not sure - why he would be dragged over to my side, or I'd be be dragged over to his side.
At the end of the day, even if my part is a bit goofy, the key thing is that I'm doing what I love to do, and that's to make people laugh.
[on Jonathan Winters] He is every character in the scene, and he has a mind so entrenched in characters you actually believe each one is different. This is not only a comic genius at work - this is the epitome of character writing.

Salary (2)

American Pie 2 (2001) $1,000,000
American Reunion (2012) $3,000,000

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