Eugene Levy

Highest Rated: 94% Finding Dory (2016)
Birthday: Dec 17, 1946
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
A gifted comic actor who also won acclaim as a writer and director, Eugene Levy was born on December 17, 1946, in Hamilton, Ontario, the home of McMaster University, where he enrolled after graduating from Westdale High School in the same city. Levy studied film at McMaster, and, in 1967, became vice president of the McMaster Film Board, a student film group where he met fellow aspiring moviemaker Ivan Reitman. (Other McMaster students at the time included Martin Short and Dave Thomas.) In 1970, Reitman began work on a low-budget horror movie called Cannibal Girls and cast Levy as Clifford Sturges. One of his co-stars was a struggling actress named Andrea Martin, who would later work alongside Levy's old pals Short and Thomas -- as well as John Candy and Joe Flaherty -- on the short-lived Canadian sitcom The David Steinberg Show. Levy and Martin's paths crossed again when they were cast in the Toronto production of the musical Godspell; the cast also included Gilda Radner and Paul Shaffer, in addition to Short, Candy, and Thomas. After Godspell closed in 1973 (just in time for the long-delayed Cannibal Girls to finally hit the grind-house circuit), Levy joined the Toronto company of the famed improvisational Second City comedy troupe, in which Candy and Flaherty were already cast members. After two years as a part of Second City, Levy, Candy, and Flaherty decided to move to California to try their luck in the States; they didn't fare well at first, but their idea for a television series about a ramshackle, low-budget television station eventually blossomed into Second City TV, or (SCTV, for short). While the show, ironically, brought Levy and his friend's back to Toronto (where it was shot), it also became a solid hit in Canada and developed a loyal cult following in the U.S., and, moreover, launched the careers of Levy, Flaherty, Thomas, Candy, Short, Martin, and Catherine O'Hara in America. (After SCTV's initial run ended in 1981, NBC brought the show back in an extended version called SCTV Network 90, which featured a higher budget, more guest stars, and ran until 1983. Levy also won two Emmy awards as a member of the show's writing staff.) Levy and Candy also created an acclaimed spin-off from the show based around their characters of polka musicians Stan and Yosh Shmenge, a 1984 cable special entitled The Last Polka. By the mid-'80s, Levy had become a familiar face on both episodic television and in movies, albeit almost always in comic supporting roles. In 1989, he began working behind the camera again, directing a special for his old partner Martin Short, and, in 1992, made his feature directorial debut with the John Candy/Jim Belushi comedy Once Upon a Crime. In 1996, however, Levy scored a bigger breakthrough when he and Christopher Guest began writing a screenplay for a mockumentary about a small town theater troupe. Waiting for Guffman became a surprise hit and gave Levy a meaty comic role as stage-struck dentist Allan Pearl. In 1999, the actor won another high-profile success with the blockbuster hit American Pie, in which he played the understanding but terminally non-hip father of hormonally charged teenager Jim (Jason Biggs); Levy reprised the role in the 2001 sequel American Pie 2 and again in 2003's American Wedding. Levy and Guest teamed up again in 2000 for the comedy, Best in Show, for which the two received a Best Screenplay nomination from the Writers Guild of America. He and Guest also co-wrote and starred in another 2003 mockumentary, A Mighty Wind, a parody about '60s folk musicians who reunite for a tribute concert several years after their heyday.For a few years after, it began to look as if Levy's primary occupation was reprising his role as Jim's dad in a series of lackluster, straight-to-video American Pie sequels -- with appearances in high profile films like A Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock becoming few and far between. In 2011, however, the comedy

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The War with Grandpa Actor 2018
94% Finding Dory Charlie $486.3M 2016
73% Thunder and the House of Magic Actor $1.7M 2014
20% Madea's Witness Protection George Needleman $65.7M 2012
45% American Reunion Jim's Dad $55.4M 2012
82% Goon Dr. Glatt $0.9M 2012
No Score Yet American Pie Presents: Book of Love Noah Levenstein 2009
50% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) Orrin $19.6M 2009
48% Taking Woodstock Max Yasgur $7.4M 2009
44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Einstein $177.2M 2009
20% Gooby Mr. Nerdlinger 2009
No Score Yet Silver Man Actor 2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest Actor 2008
No Score Yet American Pie Presents: Beta House Mr. Levenstein 2007
0% American Pie 5: The Naked Mile Mr. Levenstein 2006
52% For Your Consideration Morley Orfkin Screenwriter $5.5M 2006
75% Over the Hedge Lou $155.1M 2006
69% Curious George Clovis $58.4M 2006
17% American Pie Presents: Band Camp Jim's Dad 2005
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Jimmy Murtaugh $82.5M 2005
12% The Man Andy Fiddler $8.4M 2005
11% New York Minute Max Lomax $14.1M 2004
54% American Wedding Jim's Dad $104.4M 2003
10% Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Principal Collins $26.1M 2003
87% A Mighty Wind Screenwriter Mitch Cohen $17.5M 2003
34% Bringing Down the House Howie Rottman 2003
57% Like Mike Frank Bernard $51.4M 2002
No Score Yet Repli-Kate Jonas 2002
59% Serendipity Bloomingdale's Salesman $50M 2001
52% American Pie 2 Jim's Dad $144.1M 2001
52% Josie and the Pussycats Himself $14.2M 2001
20% Down to Earth Keyes $63.1M 2001
No Score Yet The Sports Pages Actor 2001
11% The Ladies Man Bucky $13.4M 2000
94% Best in Show Gerry Screenwriter $16.6M 2000
No Score Yet Silver Man Frankie 2000
61% American Pie Jim's Dad 1999
No Score Yet Dogmatic Larry Palmer 1999
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Girls Ruby 1999
No Score Yet Richie Rich's Christmas Wish Prof. Keenbean 1998
8% Almost Heroes Guy 1998
91% Waiting for Guffman Dr. Allan Pearl Screenwriter 1996
43% Multiplicity Vic 1996
48% Father of the Bride: Part II Habib 1995
No Score Yet Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron President McKloskey 1995
22% I Love Trouble Justice of the Peace 1994
No Score Yet Sodbusters Executive Producer Director 1994
No Score Yet Partners 'n Love Director David Grodin 1992
43% Stay Tuned Crowley 1992
0% Once Upon a Crime Casino Cashier (uncredited) Director 1991
70% Father of the Bride Singer at Audition 1991
0% Speed Zone Leo Ross 1989
No Score Yet The Bride of Boogedy Actor 1987
11% Armed and Dangerous Norman Kane 1986
11% Club Paradise Barry Steinberg 1986
No Score Yet The Last Polka Actor 1985
90% Splash Dr. Walter Kornblush 1984
No Score Yet Going Berserk Sal DiPasquale 1983
93% National Lampoon's Vacation Car salesman 1983
61% Heavy Metal Sternn/Male Reporter/Edsel 1981
No Score Yet Nothing Personal Marty 1980
No Score Yet Cannibal Girls Clifford Sturges 1973

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2019
90% Schitt's Creek
2015
Creator Johnny Rose Executive Producer Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
39% Working the Engels
2014
Arthur Horowitz
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Off Centre
2001-2002
Dr. Wasserman
  • 2002
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Doctor
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Doctor
  • 1998
No Score Yet SCTV
1976-1981
Performer

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