Sam Levene

Highest Rated: 100% The Killers (1946)
Birthday: Aug 28, 1905
Birthplace: Not Available
Adept at playing sardonic, side-of-the-mouth urban types, Sam Levene appeared in several top Broadway productions of the early 1930s. 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 offkey 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 36 films in his 33-year Hollywood career, Sam Levene was always happiest in front of a live audience: one of his last Broadway appearances was in the original production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys.


Highest Rated Movies



81% ...And Justice for All Arnie 1979
29% Last Embrace Sam Urdell 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
0% A Farewell To Arms Swiss Sergeant 1957
98% Sweet Smell of Success D'Angelo 1957
80% Designing Woman Ned Hammerstein 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 The Babe Ruth Story Actor 1948
No Score Yet Babe Ruth Story Phil Conrad 1948
No Score Yet Killer McCoy Happy 1947
76% Boomerang! Woods 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 Golden Boy Siggie 1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton Lieutenant Brent 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 Kathy O' Actor