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      Oscar Levant

      Oscar Levant

      Highest Rated: 100% The Band Wagon (1953)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

      Birthday: Dec 27, 1906

      Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

      Raconteur, TV personality, concert pianist, self-described "verbal vampire" and sometime supporting player in films. Levant had originally planned a career as a concert pianist but, after playing in dance bands and becoming George Gershwin's protege, he devoted himself to interpreting the composer's works and, utilizing his own eccentric personality, played character parts or more accurately variations on his own character in films. He did, however, enjoy considerable success as a concert pianist and, at one point in the 1940s, was the highest paid concert artist in the US. Levant's film appearances, too, whether they were musicals or not, usually gave him a chance to play a piano as well. A chain-smoking neurotic and self-professed genius, Levant was noted for his mordant, scathing wit and finely honed insults often hurled against himself and his own hypochondria, manic depression and addictions.

      Highest rated movies

      The Band Wagon poster
      The Band Wagon
      An American in Paris poster
      An American in Paris
      Romance on the High Seas poster
      Romance on the High Seas
      The Cobweb poster
      The Cobweb
      Humoresque poster
      Humoresque
      The Barkleys of Broadway poster
      The Barkleys of Broadway

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      75% 52% The Cobweb Mr. Capp (Character) - 1955
      100% 82% The Band Wagon Lester Marton (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Don't Care Girl Charles Bennett (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 66% O. Henry's Full House Bill Peoria (Character) - 1952
      95% 79% An American in Paris Adam Cook (Character) - 1951
      55% 70% The Barkleys of Broadway Ezra Millar (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Were Meant for Me Oscar Hoffman (Character) - 1948
      88% 61% Romance on the High Seas Oscar Farrar (Character) - 1948
      57% 71% Humoresque Sid Jeffers (Character) - 1946
      20% 59% Rhapsody in Blue Self - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss the Boys Goodbye Dick Rayburn/Oscar (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 57% Made for Each Other Original Music - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Information Please: Series 1, No. 1 Self - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman Accused Original Music - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Leathernecking Original Music - 1930

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1951 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Himself (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes Guest 1958