Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy

Highest Rated: 94% Arrival (2016)

Lowest Rated: 6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

A filmmaker of youthful vigor and a penchant for lightweight, family-friendly comedies, Shawn Levy made a comfortable transition into features following success on television with efforts for The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Following his graduation with honors from Yale University at the age of 20, he moved to Los Angeles and landed roles on such small-screen staples as thirtysomething and Beverly Hills 90210, in addition to features like Zombie Nightmare (1986) and The Kiss (1988). He also became interested in the behind-the-scenes aspects of filmmaking, and soon turned his attention to directing with studies at the University of Southern California, where he completed a master's degree. Levy's short film Broken Record also earned the Gold Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival, as well as accolades from the Director's Guild of America. His previous television experience later come in handy as the up-and-coming director took the helm for the popular Nickelodeon series The Secret World of Alex Mack, for which he was nominated for a DGA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs award in 1998 for the episode "Lies and Secrets." In the years that followed, Levy built a strong working relationship with Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel thanks to such series as The Journey of Allen Strange and The Famous Jett Jackson (the highest-rated movie to that point for The Disney Channel). In 1997, the director made his feature debut with the little-seen comedy drama Just in Time, and in the years that followed, his career gained momentum thanks to such made-for-TV efforts as Jett Jackson: The Movie. He stepped into the big leagues in 2002 with the feature Big Fat Liar. Starring Malcolm in the Middle mischief-maker Frankie Muniz as a young schoolboy whose essay turns into a hit movie after falling into the hands of a sleazy Hollywood producer, Big Fat Liar earned healthy box-office returns. Soon thereafter, Levy returned to the small screen to direct episodes of Do Over and Birds of Prey for the WB network. The following year proved to be a busy one as well, and after directing the moderately successful Ashton Kutcher/Brittany Murphy comedy Just Married, Levy had another hit on his hands with the high-profile Hollywood remake Cheaper by the Dozen. In 2004, he stepped behind the camera alongside producer Ivan Reitman to direct The Pink Panther, a remake of the original Blake Edwards favorite with Cheaper by the Dozen patriarch Steve Martin in the role of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Free Guy Director 2020
32% Kin Producer 2018
16% The Darkest Minds Producer 2018
71% Kodachrome Producer 2018
26% Table 19 Producer $3.7M 2017
24% Fist Fight Producer $32.2M 2017
No Score Yet Starman Director Producer 2017
No Score Yet Sovereign Producer 2017
39% Why Him? Producer $60.4M 2016
94% Arrival Producer $100.6M 2016
No Score Yet Rosaline Producer 2016
No Score Yet 40 Thieves Director 2016
47% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Producer Director $81.6M 2014
61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Producer $56.8M 2014
43% This Is Where I Leave You Producer Screenwriter Director $26.8M 2014
91% The Spectacular Now Producer 2013
35% The Internship Director Producer $44.5M 2013
17% The Watch Producer $34.2M 2012
60% Real Steel Director Producer Screenwriter $85.5M 2011
66% Date Night Director $98.8M 2010
45% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Producer Infomercial Father Director $177.2M 2009
12% Pink Panther 2 Executive Producer $36M 2009
41% The Rocker Producer $6.4M 2008
26% What Happens in Vegas Producer $80.2M 2008
43% Night at the Museum Director Producer $249.4M 2006
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Producer $82.5M 2005
65% Fever Pitch Director $42M 2005
No Score Yet The Deerings Director 2004
24% Cheaper by the Dozen Director Press Room Reporter $138.6M 2003
20% Just Married Director $56M 2003
44% Big Fat Liar Director Wolf Party Guest $47.9M 2002
No Score Yet Jett Jackson: The Movie Director Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Producer 2001
No Score Yet Address Unknown Director 1997
31% Made in America Dwayne 1993
No Score Yet Liberace: Behind the Music Glenn 1988
No Score Yet The Kiss Terry 1988
40% Wild Thing Paul 1987
No Score Yet Zombie Nightmare Jim 1986


75% I Am Not Okay with This
Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet Last Man Standing
Executive Producer Producer 2020
93% Stranger Things
Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
Guest 2018
25% Imaginary Mary
Director Producer 2017
52% Cristela
Executive Producer Producer 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2014
19% Pepper Dennis
Director 2006
52% Birds of Prey
Director 2002
50% Do Over
Director 2002
No Score Yet In a Heartbeat
Director 2000
No Score Yet First Wave
Director 1999
No Score Yet So Weird
Director 1999
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
Howard 1993
No Score Yet Shadow and Bone
Executive Producer


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