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Shawn Levy



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Starman
  • Producer
  • Director
2017
No Score Yet Sovereign
  • Producer
2017
40% Why Him?
  • Producer
2016
94% Arrival
  • Producer
2016
No Score Yet Rosaline
  • Producer
2016
No Score Yet 40 Thieves
  • Director
2016
48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Producer
  • Director
2014
61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Producer
2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You
  • Producer
  • Director
2014
93% The Spectacular Now
  • Producer
2013
35% The Internship
  • Director
2013
17% The Watch
  • Producer
2012
59% Real Steel
  • Director
  • Producer
2011
67% Date Night
  • Producer
  • Director
2010
44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Director
2009
12% Pink Panther 2
  • Executive Producer
2009
40% The Rocker
  • Producer
2008
27% What Happens in Vegas
  • Producer
2008
43% Night at the Museum
  • Director
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet Father Knows Less
  • Director
2006
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  • Producer
  • Hospital Intern
2005
No Score Yet The Deerings
  • Director
2004
24% Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Director
  • Press Room Reporter
2003
20% Just Married
  • Director
2003
42% Big Fat Liar
  • Director
  • Wolf Party Guest
2002
No Score Yet Jett Jackson: The Movie
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Address Unknown
  • Director
1997
29% Made in America
  • Dwayne
1993
No Score Yet Liberace: Behind the Music
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet The Kiss
  • Terry
1988
No Score Yet Wild Thing
  • Paul
1987
No Score Yet Zombie Nightmare
  • Jim
1986
No Score Yet Facttracker
  • Producer

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
52% Cristela
2014-2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet Last Man Standing
2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
95% Stranger Things
2016
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Birds of Prey
2002-2003
  • Director

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