Levy, Daniel Joseph is a Canadian actor, author, director, comedian, and producer. He started his career as a television host on MTV Canada. His parents are Eugene Levy and Deborah Divine.
He was born in Toronto. The CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek (2015–2020), which Levy also co-created with his father and co-starred in with him and his sister, Sarah Levy, brought him fame and praise on a global scale.
Levy became the first individual to win a Primetime Emmy Award in each of the four major categories in the same year for his work on the final season of Schitt’s Creek, which he also produced, wrote, directed, and acted in.
In addition to receiving numerous other honors for his efforts on the show, he was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards out of a total of 18 nominations.
Dan Levy’s Early Life
The son of Canadian actor Eugene Levy and Deborah Divine, Levy was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is Sarah Levy’s older brother, who plays the waitress Twyla Sands in the Schitt’s Creek movie, in which Levy and his father also have roles.
Levy graduated from North Toronto Collegiate Institute for high school and afterward studied film production at Ryerson and York Universities. His family observes both Hanukkah and Christmas.
Levy got a bar mitzvah; his mother is a Protestant and his father is Jewish.
Dan Levy’s Sexuality
Levy divides his time between Toronto and Los Angeles, but after having lived there in 2005, he has claimed that London is his “favorite city.”
Levy has previously refrained from identifying his sexual orientation in public, despite being referred to as “a member of the LGBT community” in an interview with Flare in 2015.
Levy stated that he is gay and has been out since he was 18 in an interview with Andy Cohen in 2020.
Dan Levy’s Opinion About Gay
Levy, now 37, has stated that he came out to his parents as gay when he was 18 years old. He and his father recounted Andy Cohen the tale on Watch What Happens Live in 2020.
Eugene Levy, Dan’s father, remarked, “I think it was mum who just actually said, ‘OK, are you gay?'”
“Did she? One day, my mother invited me over for lunch, and I agreed.” On the program, Dan Levy responded.
“She almost was aware. In that regard, my relationship with my mother is very close, and it almost seemed as though she knew when I was ready.” Eugene Levy and Deborah Divine, who have been married since 1977, are Dan Levy’s parents.
Eugene Levy told Cohen, “We knew for a long time. Mom could wait no longer, so we stopped waiting.
Dan Levy’s Early Career Life
One of the original seven co-hosts of the now-defunct MTV Canada flagship program MTV Live, Levy began his hosting career. He rose to fame as co-host of MTV Canada’s The After Show and its several iterations.
It includes The Hills: The After Show and The City: Live After Show, alongside Jessi Cruickshank. The United States periodically aired these post-shows as well.
After Cruickshank left The After Show and it was canceled, Daniel Levy co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet, the X-Factor pre-show, and CTV’s national coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
He also wrote, produced, and starred in his own Christmas special for MTV, Daniel Levy’s Holi-& Do’s Don’ts.
Levy ran a leg of the Olympic torch relay as well. After five years with the network, Levy parted ways with MTV Canada in 2011.
He made an acting debut in the Degrassi Goes Hollywood TV movie, a four-episode plot arc of the Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Levy played a movie producer in his Degrassi arc who hires Paige Michalchuk to play the lead in a new movie with actor Jason Mewes as the director. Additionally, he made cameos in the comedies Admission (2013) and Cyberstalker (2012), which both starred Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
Dan Levy’s Post-Schitt’s Creek Career Life
Levy enrolled in the 12-week self-paced Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Indigenous Canada,” taught by Drs. Tracy Bear (Montreal Lake First Nation) and Paul Gareau (Métis and French Canadian) at the University of Alberta, in August 2020, and started promoting.
Levy also sponsored twelve Livestream interviews with the course teachers and weekly guest speakers to address issues connected to each of the 12-course modules. On November 15, 2020, Levy stated via Twitter that the weekly discussions were “nothing short of revolutionary.”
The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies is the only institution of its sort in North America. Levy urged students and followers to support it by pledging to match contributions up to $25,000 in amount.
Levy appeared in the HBO television movie Coastal Elites in September 2020 opposite Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever, Sarah Paulson, and Issa Rae.
The project, which was remotely filmed, centered on the lives of five people coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Levy presided over Saturday Night Live on February 6, 2021, and Grammy-nominated musician Phoebe Bridgers served as the musical guest.
Levy and ABC Signature agreed to a three-year contract in September 2019. Levy inked a comprehensive agreement with Netflix in September 2021 to write and produce narrative content for both film and television.
Dan Levy’s Awards
Levy won Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series in July 2020.
Schitt’s Creek received 15 Primetime Emmy nominations for its last season.
It broke The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s record for most accolades in a single year by becoming the first comedy series to win all seven major prizes in a single year, the first comedy or drama series to sweep all four major acting categories, and the most award-winning comedy series ever.
Levy made history by becoming the first individual to be recognized in each of the four major disciplines in the same year.