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Eugene Levy

Highest Rated:   94% Finding Dory (2016)
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


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The War with Grandpa
  • Actor
94% Finding Dory
  • Charlie
$486.3M 2016
71% Thunder and the House of Magic
  • Actor
$1.7M 2014
20% Madea's Witness Protection
  • George Needleman
$65.7M 2012
44% 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
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
No Score Yet Silver Man
  • Actor
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
No Score Yet American Pie Presents: Beta House
  • Mr. Levenstein
0% American Pie 5: The Naked Mile
  • Mr. Levenstein
51% 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
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  • Jimmy Murtaugh
$82.5M 2005
12% The Man
  • Andy Fiddler
$8.3M 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
57% Like Mike
  • Frank Bernard
$51.4M 2002
No Score Yet Repli-Kate
  • Jonas
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
11% The Ladies Man
  • Bucky
$13.4M 2000
94% Best in Show
  • Gerry
  • Screenwriter
$16.6M 2000
No Score Yet Silver Man
  • Frankie
60% American Pie
  • Jim's Dad
No Score Yet Dogmatic
  • Larry Palmer
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Girls
  • Ruby
No Score Yet Richie Rich's Christmas Wish
  • Prof. Keenbean
8% Almost Heroes
  • Guy
91% Waiting for Guffman
  • Dr. Allan Pearl
  • Screenwriter
43% Multiplicity
  • Vic
48% Father of the Bride: Part II
  • Habib
No Score Yet Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron
  • President McKloskey
20% I Love Trouble
  • Justice of the Peace
No Score Yet Sodbusters
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
No Score Yet Partners 'n Love
  • Director
  • David Grodin
46% Stay Tuned
  • Crowley
0% Once Upon a Crime
  • Casino Cashier (uncredited)
  • Director
71% Father of the Bride
  • Singer at Audition
0% Speed Zone
  • Leo Ross
No Score Yet The Bride of Boogedy
  • Actor
11% Armed and Dangerous
  • Norman Kane
11% Club Paradise
  • Barry Steinberg
No Score Yet The Last Polka
  • Actor
92% Splash
  • Dr. Walter Kornblush
No Score Yet Going Berserk
  • Sal DiPasquale
93% National Lampoon's Vacation
  • Car salesman
61% Heavy Metal
  • Sternn/Male Reporter/Edsel
No Score Yet Nothing Personal
  • Marty
No Score Yet Cannibal Girls
  • Clifford Sturges


No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Schitt's Creek
  • Creator
  • Johnny Rose
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
41% Working the Engels
  • Arthur Horowitz
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Mad About You
  • Doctor
  • 1998

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