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Overview (3)

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Nicknames Butch
Gene
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eugene Levy is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer. He has appeared in more than 60 motion pictures to date, eight of which having topped the $100M mark. The box office success of films such as Bringing Down The House, Cheaper By the Dozen 2, and Father Of The Bride Part II have established him as one of Hollywood's most popular comedic actors. But it was the role of Noah Levenstein in the American Pie franchise that cemented his reputation as America's favorite Dad. Levy's most recent big-screen role was that of Dory's Dad in the Disney/Pixar smash Finding Dory, in which he stars alongside Ellen DeGeneres and Diane Keaton. The film has surpassed the $1B mark worldwide, and is on track to become one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time.

Partnering with Christopher Guest, Levy earned critical acclaim for co-writing and co-starring in Best In Show, Waiting For Guffman, For Your Consideration, and A Mighty Wind. Levy has been nominated for and won countless awards for his films including a New York Film Critics Circle Award and a Grammy Award® for A Mighty Wind and a Golden Globe® nomination for Best In Show. Other films include Splash, Armed and Dangerous, Multiplicity, Club Paradise, and Serendipity.

In 2013, Levy formed Not A Real Company Productions (with his son Daniel Levy and principals Andrew Barnsley and Fred Levy) to produce Schitt's Creek, a television series for CBC/ITV he co-created, co-executive produces, and co-stars in with Daniel Levy. The single-cam, character-driven comedy also stars Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy, and Chris Elliott.

In 2016, Levy won Lead Actor in a Comedy at the Canadian Screen Awards and, as Executive Producer, the CSA for Best Comedy, an award he shared with Daniel Levy, among others. Schitt's Creek swept the Canadian Screen Awards, winning nine of a possible 10 categories. Levy also received the prestigious Legacy Award (along with co-star and long-time collaborator, Catherine O'Hara) from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Levy won two Emmys® for his writing on SCTV in addition to many other awards and nominations for his television work.

Levy is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of The Governor General's Performing Arts Award - the foremost honour presented for excellence in the performing arts.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Schitt's Creek PR

Spouse (1)

Deborah Divine (1977 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

His thick eyebrows
Distinctive voice
Glasses

Trivia (12)

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.
Played an attorney in Armed and Dangerous (1986). There is a real-life attorney named Eugene Levy.
Friends with John Candy, and Steve Martin.

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 [Adolf Hitler] and ]Groucho Marx].
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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