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      Sam Levene

      Sam Levene

      Highest Rated: 100% After the Thin Man (1936)

      Lowest Rated: 58% Last Embrace (1979)

      Birthday: Aug 28, 1905

      Birthplace: Russian Empire

      Sam Levene became an actor because he wanted to prove that he had enough poise to be a salesman. To hone his skills, the dress-cutter auditioned at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts--and got a scholarship. He made his Broadway debut in 1927 and, within a decade, was recreating his roles on the silver screen. Building his reputation as a screen heavy, Levene landed the part of Lieutenant Abrams in "After the Thin Man," the second outing of Dashiell Hammett's investigatory lovebirds, and reappeared in their fourth film, "Shadow of the Thin Man." He proved to be a mainstay of crime dramas, and appeared frequently with Burt Lancaster. They worked together in such classics as "The Killers," the stunning expansion of a story by Ernest Hemingway; the prison thriller "Brute Force"; and "Sweet Smell of Success," which probed yellow journalism's seedy underbelly. But Levene continued to work on stage, where he created the legendary role of Nathan Detroit, the gambler-hero of "Guys and Dolls." Despite having a singing voice so poor that his big number was written in a single octave, his performance was so well-regarded that, when Frank Sinatra nabbed the role in the movie version, there were doubts that he'd live up to Levene. The would-be salesman also played a washed-up vaudevillian in Neil Simon's Broadway hit "The Sunshine Boys," and made his final screen appearance in "...And Justice for All," a courtroom drama starring Al Pacino.

      Highest rated movies

      The Killers poster
      The Killers
      After the Thin Man poster
      After the Thin Man
      Sweet Smell of Success poster
      Sweet Smell of Success
      Brute Force poster
      Brute Force
      Shadow of the Thin Man poster
      Shadow of the Thin Man
      Crossfire poster
      ...And Justice for All poster
      ...And Justice for All
      Designing Woman poster
      Designing Woman




      58% 32% Last Embrace Sam Urdell (Character) - 1979
      82% 81% ...And Justice for All Arnie (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Royal Family Oscar Wolfe (Character) - 1977
      79% 52% God Told Me To Everett Lukas, Science Editor for Daily Star (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Money Lou Maurice (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 33% Such Good Friends Uncle Eddie (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 50% A Dream of Kings Cicero (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 42% Act One Richard Maxwell (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kathy O' Ben Melnick (Character) - 1958
      82% 68% Designing Woman Ned Hammerstein (Character) - 1957
      98% 92% Sweet Smell of Success Frank D' Angelo (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 50% Slaughter on Tenth Avenue Howard Rysdale (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 0% Three Sailors and a Girl Joe Woods (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 35% Dial 1119 Dr. John D. Faron (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 10% Guilty Bystander Capt. Tonetti (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet With These Hands Alexander Brody (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 67% The Babe Ruth Story Phil Conrad (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 57% Killer McCoy Happy (Character) - 1947
      88% 75% Crossfire Samuels (Character) - 1947
      76% 64% Boomerang! Woods (Character) - 1947
      95% 87% Brute Force Louie (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Likely Story Louie (Character) - 1947
      100% 89% The Killers Lt. Sam Lubinsky (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 50% The True Glory Unknown (Voice) - 1945
      No Score Yet 33% I Dood It Ed Jackson (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 72% Action in the North Atlantic Abel "Chips" Abrams (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 49% Gung Ho! Leo "Transport" Andreof (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 67% Whistling in Brooklyn Creeper (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 42% Grand Central Murder Inspector Gunther (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 57% The Big Street Horsethief (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sing Your Worries Away Smiley Clark (Character) - 1942
      89% 79% Shadow of the Thin Man Lieutenant Abrams (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Married Bachelor Cookie Farrar (Character) - 1941
      80% 47% Golden Boy Siggie (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Yellow Jack Busch (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 64% The Mad Miss Manton Lieutenant Brent (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 80% The Shopworn Angel Leer (Character) - 1938
      100% 90% After the Thin Man Lieutenant Abrams (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 57% Three Men on a Horse Patsy (Character) - 1936


      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Reporter McArdle (Character) 1954