Eugene Levy CM is a Canadian actor and comedian. He appeared in the Canadian television sketch comedy series SCTV from 1976 to 1984. Additionally, he has had appearances in the Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek and the American Pie film series.
He frequently portrays unorthodox and frazzled characters. He frequently works with actor-director Christopher Guest; starting with Waiting for Guffman, he appears in and co-writes for four of Guest’s movies (1996).
Eugene Levy’s Early Life
On December 17, 1946, Eugene Levy was born in Hamilton, Ontario. His father worked as a foreman in the auto industry, and his mother was a housewife. Both McMaster University and Westdale Secondary School were attended by him.
He first met director Ivan Reitman while serving as vice president of the McMaster Film Board, a student film organization.
Levy met director Ivan Reitman while he was a student at McMaster University and the vice president of the school’s film board. He frequently portrayed characters with peculiar quirks and nerdy features.
Howard Cosell, Menachem Begin, Tony Dow, Lorne Greene, Ernest Borgnine, and Howard McNear are a few of the famous people he has impersonated.
Eugene Levy’s Personal Life
Deborah Divine, a writer, and Eugene have been wed since 1977. They spend equal amounts of time in Canada, Florida, and Los Angeles. They also have a daughter named Sarah, who also portrays Twyla on “Schitt’s Creek,” in addition to their son Dan.
He and the late actor John Candy were very good friends. The Levy family is very close with Catherine O’Hara, Eugene and Dan’s co-star in “Schitt’s Creek,” and Eugene and Catherine have worked together on a number of projects over the years.
Levy, a supporter of the Canadian nonprofit organization Artists Against Racism, is a vocal proponent of autism education and care.
Eugene Levy’s Career Life
From 1976 until 1984, Eugene Levy played some of the sketch comedy program Second City Television’s most recognizable supporting roles. One of his most well-known characters was an anchor for the “SCTV News” he played, Earl Camembert.
Levy made several notable film and television appearances in the 1970s and 1980s, including “Deadly Companion,” “Splash,” “Stay Tuned,” and “Armed and Dangerous.”
He portrayed “Dr. Allan Pearl” in the 1996 comedic “mockumentary” movie Waiting for Guffman.
He also wrote the movie’s script. Levy was cast in the American adolescent sex movie “American Pie” after playing a number of small parts in movies like “Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish,” “The Secret Life of Girls,” and “Dogmatic.”
Levy gave an excellent performance in “American Pie,” and the audience loved his portrayal of a “cool dad.” He continued to play the same part in all seven of the original movie’s sequels between 1999 and 2009, and his performance was a key factor in the series’ overall popularity.
Levy reprised his role as “Howie Rottman” in the 2003 American comedy picture “Bringing Down the House,” in which he co-starred in with his longtime friend Steve Martin.
Eugene Levy Received Praise and Recognition
He received a lot of praise for his portrayal of a brain-damaged folk musician in the movie “Mighty Wind.” The awards included the New York Film Critics Appreciation Award for the Best Supporting Actor and the Satellite Award for the Best Supporting Actor.
Levy has also appeared in a number of comedies, including Multiplicity, Club Paradise, Splash, and Stay Tuned. Maniac Mansion, a TV series, was made by him.
His films and television programs have brought him money in both the US and Canada.
Additionally, he is the only celebrity to have appeared in all eight American Pie movies. His performances in these shows have aided in his growth as an actor and understanding of his craft.
He earned the Pretty Funny Male award at the 2002 Canadian Comedy Awards for his work in American Pie 2. He has two kids and is married to television writer Deborah Divine. His daughter studies theatre and his son once hosted Canada’s MTV live.
Eugene Levy Won Awards and Recognition
In 2004, Levy received a Grammy for “A Mighty Wind,” a song from the same-named movie he co-wrote, for best song written for visual media. The highest honor in the performing arts in Canada, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, was given to Levy in 2008.
On June 30, 2011, he received an appointment to the Order of Canada. He co-created the comedy series Schitt’s Creek with his son and fellow star Dan Levy, and he starred in it as Johnny Rose from 2015 until 2020.
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2019 and 2020, and he ultimately took home the prize in that year. Levy has received numerous honors over his career, including a Grammy Award and four Primetime Emmy Awards.
Eugene Levy’s Net Worth
Canadian actor, comedian, singer, and writer Eugene Levy is worth $30 million. Eugene Levy’s roles in the “American Pie” film series and the “Schitt’s Creek” television series are perhaps what made him most well-known. Together with his son Dan Levy, who also stars in the series, he co-created Schitt’s Creek.
Eugene Levy’s Earnings
In 1999, after playing Jason Biggs’ father in the comedy “American Pie,” Eugene finally became a household figure. Eugene continued to feature in eight additional “American Pie” films, several of which were Direct-to-DVD.
The only original “Pie” actor to appear in every one of the eight is him. He received $1,000,000 for his performance in the first film, $3,000,000 for the second, and $5,000,000 for the third.