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Eugene Levy

Highest Rated:   95% Best in Show (2000)
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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 a

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The War with Grandpa
  • Actor
2017
94% Finding Dory
  • Charlie
2016
71% Thunder and the House of Magic
  • Actor
2014
21% Madea's Witness Protection
  • George Needleman
2012
43% American Reunion
  • Jim's Dad
2012
82% Goon
  • Dr. Glatt
2012
No Score Yet American Pie Presents: Book of Love
  • Noah Levenstein
2009
49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
  • Orrin
2009
47% Taking Woodstock
  • Max Yasgur
2009
44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Einstein
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
51% For Your Consideration
  • Morley Orfkin
  • Screenwriter
2006
75% Over the Hedge
  • Lou
2006
69% Curious George
  • Clovis
2006
20% American Pie Presents: Band Camp
  • Jim's Dad
2005
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  • Jimmy Murtaugh
2005
12% The Man
  • Andy Fiddler
2005
11% New York Minute
  • Max Lomax
2004
54% American Wedding
  • Jim's Dad
2003
10% Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
  • Principal Collins
2003
88% A Mighty Wind
  • Screenwriter
  • Mitch Cohen
2003
34% Bringing Down the House
  • Howie Rottman
2003
57% Like Mike
  • Frank Bernard
2002
No Score Yet Repli-Kate
  • Jonas
2002
59% Serendipity
  • Bloomingdale's Salesman
2001
52% American Pie 2
  • Jim's Dad
2001
53% Josie and the Pussycats
  • Himself
2001
20% Down to Earth
  • Keyes
2001
No Score Yet The Sports Pages
  • Actor
2001
11% The Ladies Man
  • Bucky
2000
95% Best in Show
  • Gerry
  • Screenwriter
2000
No Score Yet Silver Man
  • Frankie
2000
60% 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
44% Multiplicity
  • Vic
1996
48% Father of the Bride: Part II
  • Habib
1995
No Score Yet Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron
  • President McKloskey
1995
20% 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
46% Stay Tuned
  • Crowley
1992
0% Once Upon a Crime
  • Casino Cashier (uncredited)
  • Director
1991
71% Father of the Bride
  • Singer at Audition
1991
0% Speed Zone
  • Leo Ross
1989
No Score Yet The Bride of Boogedy
  • Actor
1987
14% Armed and Dangerous
  • Norman Kane
1986
11% Club Paradise
  • Barry Steinberg
1986
No Score Yet The Last Polka
  • Actor
1985
92% Splash
  • Dr. Walter Kornblush
1984
No Score Yet Going Berserk
  • Sal DiPasquale
1983
93% National Lampoon's Vacation
  • Car salesman
1983
57% Heavy Metal
  • Sternn/Male Reporter/Edsel
1981
No Score Yet Nothing Personal
  • Marty
1980
No Score Yet Cannibal Girls
  • Clifford Sturges
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
50% Schitt's Creek
2015
  • Creator
  • Johnny Rose
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
41% Working the Engels
2014
  • Arthur Horowitz
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest

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