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Also Known As: Died: December 26, 1980
Born: August 28, 1905 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ... actor
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Holz ( 2007-10-12 )

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Appeared in a number of Three Stooges shorts such as "We Want Our Mummy"

SamLevene ( 2011-02-11 )

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For his 1927 Broadway debut, Sam Levene accepted a part with five lines and relished each one he recalled to Emmanuel Azenburg, at the 40th Year Broadway Celebration he was given during the 1967 Broadway production of The Impossible Years, a play in which he starred as Dr. Sidney Kingsley in the play written by Arthur Marx, in a role he played over a 3 year period both on Broadway and during the plays National Tour. A recognized Broadway Star and comedian for much of his 50 year theatrical career, Sam Levene is remembered by many for his legendary roles, none of which ever got him a Tony Award. Sam Levene created so many legendary roles in the American theater that are so sharply etched, that many joke, he has created multiple Tony Award winning roles that have been won by multiple actors when others have played in revivals of the many shows he had originally created. Although nominated for a Tony for his dramatic role in Heartbreak House for his good friend Dore Schary, Sam Levene never won a Tony. He would tell most he did not care, but I could tell he was disappointed and so was I, as the Tony Committee never reversed this gross oversite for this Broadway legend who had appeared in Broadway Shows for the twenty years prior to when the Tony's were created in 1946, and Levene was never made eligible nor was the oversite reversed. Mr. Levene, is best known for creating the role of Nathan Detroit in Frank Loesser's in Guys and Dolls, written by Abe Burrows and directed by George S. Kaufman, even though he could not sing a single solitary note, ever. Yet Levene's performance has become so iconic and legendary that hardly a review of the revival of the show can be complete without a comparison to Sam Levene's legendary Broadway performance of Nathan Detroit. Yet Robert Alda was nominated for the Tony and Sam Levene was not! Mr Levene's was so convincing as Nathan Detroit, that even though he cannot sing a note, his face and likeness is featured on the Original Broadway Recording, and his characterization is so authentic and appreciated it has the stregth to break multiple hearts to those that listen, even to this day, when you hear him tell Vivian Blaine to "Sue Me". In fact, his performance has become so classic that when David Denby’s NY Magazine review of Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You”, he mentioned Sam Levene, playing Nathan Detroit in the original Guys & Dolls. Denby stated Levene “couldn’t sing a note, but his gruff, toneless outbursts could break your heart. Levene was not cautious, and that made all the difference.” In 1976, in a letter to NY Magazine, Joseph K. Levene wrote about his Father, “There were no Tony’s in Sam Levene’s career, but thanks for the “Denby”.

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