Sam Levene

Sam Levene

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Killers (1946)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% A Farewell To Arms (1957)
  • Birthday: Aug 28, 1905
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Adept at playing sardonic, side-of-the-mouth urban types, Sam Levene appeared 37 Broadway shows over a 54-year career, playing many notable roles, including Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (1950), Max Kane in Dinner at Eight (1932), Patsy in Three Men on a Horse (1935), Gordon Miller in Room Service (1937), Sidney Black in Light Up the Sky (1948), Horace Vandergelder in The Matchmaker (1954), and Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys (1972). Sam Levene's first Broadway show was in 1927 and for 54 years he had a consistent presence on the Broadway stage, his last in 1980. At 29 (though looking far older and worldlier), Levene was brought to Hollywood to re-create his stage role as a superstitious gambler in Three Men on a Horse (1936). Not long afterward, he made the first of two appearances as New York police lieutenant Abrams in MGM's Thin Man series. Since Levene always seemed to have just stepped out of a Damon Runyon story, it was only natural that he create the part of crapshooter deluxe Nathan Detroit in the 1950 Broadway production Guys and Dolls; his endearingly off-key renditions of the Frank Loesser tunes "Oldest Established" and "Sue Me" can still be heard on the original cast album. When he wasn't essaying dese-dem-and-dose roles, Levene was frequently cast as a soft-spoken, philosophical Jew in such films as Action in the North Atlantic (1943) and Crossfire (1947). Though he made 50 films in his 43-year Hollywood career, Sam Levene was always happiest in front of a live audience: some of his last Broadway appearances were in the original production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys in 1973, in The Royal Family in 1975 and in Horowitz and Mrs. Washington in 1980.


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81% ...And Justice for All Arnie 1979
29% Last Embrace Sam Urdell 1979
38% The Champ Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Royal Family Actor 1977
80% God Told Me To Everett Lukas 1976
No Score Yet Atlantic City Jackpot Lou 1975
No Score Yet Such Good Friends Uncle Eddie 1971
No Score Yet A Dream of Kings Cicero 1969
No Score Yet Act One Richard Maxwell 1963
No Score Yet The World of Sholom Aleichem Actor 1959
No Score Yet Kathy O' Ben Melnick 1958
0% A Farewell To Arms Swiss Sergeant 1957
98% Sweet Smell of Success D'Angelo 1957
80% Designing Woman Ned Hammerstein 1957
No Score Yet Slaughter on Tenth Avenue Howard Rysdale 1957
20% The Opposite Sex Mike Pearl 1956
No Score Yet 3 Sailors And A Girl Joe Woods 1953
No Score Yet Dial 1119 (The Violent Hour) Dr. John D. Faron 1950
No Score Yet Guilty Bystander Capt. Tonetti 1950
No Score Yet With These Hands Alexander Brody 1950
No Score Yet Babe Ruth Story Phil Conrad 1948
No Score Yet Leather Gloves Bernie 1948
No Score Yet Killer McCoy Happy 1947
76% Boomerang! Woods 1947
No Score Yet A Likely Story Louie 1947
91% Brute Force Louis 1947
81% Crossfire Joseph Samuels 1947
100% The Killers Lt. Sam Lubinsky 1946
No Score Yet The Purple Heart Lt. Wayne Greenbaum 1944
No Score Yet Gung Ho! Transport 1943
No Score Yet Whistling in Brooklyn Creeper 1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic Abrams 1943
No Score Yet I Dood It Ed Jackson 1943
No Score Yet The Big Street Horsethief 1942
No Score Yet Sunday Punch Roscoe 1942
No Score Yet Grand Central Murder Inspector Gunther 1942
No Score Yet Sing Your Worries Away Smiley Clark 1942
83% Shadow of the Thin Man Lt. Abrams 1941
No Score Yet Married Bachelor Cookie Farrar 1941
No Score Yet Golden Boy Siggie 1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton Lieutenant Brent 1938
No Score Yet Yellow Jack Busch 1938
No Score Yet Shopworn Angel Guy With Leer 1938
100% After the Thin Man Lt. Abrams 1936
No Score Yet Three Men on a Horse Patsy 1936
No Score Yet The Talk of Hollywood Actor 1929


Joseph Samuels
It's worse at night, isn't it? I think maybe it's suddenly not having a lot of enemies to hate anymore. Maybe it's because for four years now we've been focusing our mind on -- on one little peanut. The win the war peanut. That was all; get it over! Eat that peanut. [he eats and swallows the peanut] All at once, no peanut. Now we start looking at each other again. We don't know what we're supposed to do - we don't know what's supposed to happen. We're too used to fighting, but we just don't know what to fight. You can feel the tension in the air. A whole lot of fight, and hate, that doesn't know where to go. A guy like you, maybe, starts hating himself. Well - one of these days maybe we'll all learn to shift gears. Stop hating and start liking things again. Eh.