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Also Known As: Brian Michael Levant Died:
Born: August 6, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, creative consultant, story editor, producer

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A veteran writer-producer of TV sitcoms and director of Hollywood family-oriented features, Brian Levant began his long TV career at age 23 when he joined the writing staff of ABC's "Happy Days", a faux 1950s sitcom which cashed in on the nostalgia boom initiated by the success of "American Graffiti" (1973). He eventually became a supervising producer on the series and moved on to write, produce and serve as a creative consultant for the show's hit spin-off, "Mork and Mindy" (ABC, 1978-82). Levant enjoyed his greatest success as a producer-his penchant for recycling features and earlier TV programs showed itself in such series as "The Bad News Bears" (CBS, 1979-80), "Hot W.A.C.S." (ABC, 1981), "Still the Beaver/The New Leave It to Beaver" (The Disney Channel and later in syndication, 1985-89).

A veteran writer-producer of TV sitcoms and director of Hollywood family-oriented features, Brian Levant began his long TV career at age 23 when he joined the writing staff of ABC's "Happy Days", a faux 1950s sitcom which cashed in on the nostalgia boom initiated by the success of "American Graffiti" (1973). He eventually became a supervising producer on the series and moved on to write, produce and serve as a creative consultant for the show's hit spin-off, "Mork and Mindy" (ABC, 1978-82). Levant enjoyed his greatest success as a producer-his penchant for recycling features and earlier TV programs showed itself in such series as "The Bad News Bears" (CBS, 1979-80), "Hot W.A.C.S." (ABC, 1981), "Still the Beaver/The New Leave It to Beaver" (The Disney Channel and later in syndication, 1985-89).

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  Are We There Yet? (2005) Director
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  Snow Dogs (2002) Director
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  Jingle All the Way (1996) Director
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  Flintstones, The (1994) Director
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  Beethoven (1992) Director

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Reportedly submitted first jokes to a local Chicago TV show at the age of eight
1976:
Worked as a story editor for the ABC sitcom, "Happy Days"; eventually becoming supervising producer
1979:
First credit as executive script consultant, the short-lived NBC sitcom "Brothers and Sisters"
1983:
Wrote the teleplay for the CBS TV-movie, "Still the Beaver"
1984:
Executive produced the Disney Channel series, "Still the Beaver"
1986:
Wrote and produced the retitled "The New Leave It to Beaver" for TBS; also directed episodes
1987:
Helmed episodes of Fox's "Married ... With Children"
1988:
Produced the syndicated series, "My Secret Identity"
1991:
Feature directorial debut, "Problem Child 2"
1992:
Directed the family comedy, "Beethoven," starring Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt
1994:
Helmed the live-action feature adaptation of "The Flintstones," based on the animated 1960s series
1995:
Executive produced the NBC TV-movie, "Problem Child 3: Junior in Love"
1996:
Directed the Christmas comedy, "Jingle All the Way," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
1997:
Co-scripted the feature adaptation of "Leave It to Beaver"
2000:
Helmed the prequel, "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"
2002:
Directed the feature "Snow Dogs," about a father (James Coburn) and son (Cuba Gooding Jr) who reunite at a dogsled race
2005:
Directed the comedy "Are We There Yet?" starring Ice Cube
2010:
Directed Jackie Chan in the action comedy, "The Spy Next Door"
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Education

University of New Mexico: Albuquerque , New Mexico -

Notes

"There's a 'Leave It to Beaver' episode where Beaver's worried about growing up, and Ward Cleaver says, 'A man never grows so old that he forgets what it's like to be a little boy.' And that's always stuck with me, because the guys who wrote that show were adults who'd grown up in another era--the 20s--but they remembered the things they'd learned as kids. And maybe that's what we're doing with 'The Flintstones'. We're retelling an old story for a new generation." --Brian Levant to Premiere, May 1994

Borrowing from the grand comic tradition of TV tag-team writing, Levant initially credited eight roundtable writers for "The Flintstones" screenplay, a violation of Writers Guild credit rules which limit script credit to no more than three writers or writing teams. The Guild's final ruling awarded shared credit to the movie's original scriptwriter Steven E de Souza (who all along had said, "You don't need to read all 25 scripts. Just read mine and the final one, page by page. They're almost the same script") and the writing team of Tom S Parker and Jim Jennewein.

Levant is an avid collector of TV series memorabilia. His collection includes "Munsters" figurines, "Three Stooges" dolls, "Car 54, Where Are You?" hand puppets and a "You Bet Your Life" board game, to mention just a few items.

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wife:
Alison Levant.

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son:
Aaron Levant. Born c. 1984; mother, Alison Levant.

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