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
An American in Paris
Romance on the High Seas
The Cobweb
The Barkleys of Broadway




71% 54% 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 64% O. Henry's Full House Bill Peoria (Character) - 1952
96% 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
67% 71% Humoresque Sid Jeffers (Character) - 1946
20% 58% Rhapsody in Blue Self - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss the Boys Goodbye Dick Rayburn/Oscar (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 56% 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


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 Guest 1958