Eugene Levy is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, producer, director, and writer.
He is most known for being one of the leads in the American Pie franchise.
Levy has been in the comedic genre for over 45 years.
This blog will look at who Eugene Levy is and why he is famous.
The Rise to Fame of Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy CM was born on December 17, 1946, and is a Canadian actor and comedian.
Eugene Levy always surprises his fans by putting on funny performances in all the movies he’s been in.
With his low-key attitude and a kind of awkward facial expression, there’s no doubt he’s had us shaking our heads long enough to forget what we were really thinking about.
From being in the cast of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ as well as being praised for his role in ‘American Pie,’ Eugene Levy has undoubtedly made a name for himself as an actor with incredible talent.
Known for his participation in the sketch comedy series SCTV, he has moved on to have a successful career in movies and television. He is widely known for his spontaneity and improvisational skills.
Due to his long television career, Levy has numerous credits as a character actor, but he may be best known for the role of Earl Camembert on SCTV.
Some celebrities he impersonated were:
- Perry Como
- Ricardo Montalbán
- Alex Trebek
- Sean Connery
- Howard Cosell
- Henry Kissinger
- Menachem Begin
- Bud Abbott
- Milton Berle
- John Charles Daly
- Gene Shalit
- Judd Hirsch
- Jack Carter
- Muammar al-Gaddafi
- Tony Dow
- James Caan
- Lorne Greene
- Rex Reed
- Ralph Young of Sandler and Young
- F. Lee Bailey
- Ernest Borgnine
- Dr. Morton Shulman
- Norman Mailer
- Neil Sedaka
- Howard McNear as Floyd the Barber
He is also known as a regular collaborator with Christopher Guest, who often casts him in films ranging from Waiting For Guffman to For Your Consideration.
Though Eugene has only had starring roles in two movies: Armed and Dangerous and The Man, he has a recurring role in Mockumentary filmmaker Christopher Guest’s films, most notably A Mighty Wind, where his sympathetic performance as Mitch Cohen, the emotionally unstable folk singer won him accolades.
These accolades include an award for Best Supporting Actor – Musical or Comedy from the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle.
Then, he appeared on screen in films such as Splash and Vacation and Club Paradise in subsequent decades.
Levy was also known for writing and directing various comedy shows such as Stay Tuned, Multiplicity, and other films, including Serendipity and In the Line of Fire.
He served as the co-creator of Maniac Mansion, a television series modeled after the LucasArts video game franchise.
In 2003, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. The following year he received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honor in the performing arts.
Eugene Levy and Deborah Divine
Eugene Levy married Deborah Divine in 1977. She’s a TV producer, and they probably met on set.
The two met in 1973 and got married four years later, in June 1977.
They have two children together: actors Sarah and Dan Levy.
Dan and Sarah are both talented actors and have joined their father in the Schitt’s Creek project as star actors: Dan Levy is the co-creator alongside his actress-artist sister, Sarah, who played the role of the waitress, Twyla Sands.
Here are photos of Eugene Levy with his family.