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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 17, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hamilton, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, writer, producer, director, production assistant, director of photography, TV creator

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As a former member of Second City Toronto and performer on the classic sketch comedy show, "SCTV" (syndicated/NBC/Cinemax, 1976-1984), actor Eugene Levy emerged from his native Canada alongside top comedic talent like John Candy, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short to become one of the most reliable supporting players in film and on television. Levy essayed many characters on the cutting-edge "SCTV," including inept newscaster Earl Camembert, the hunchbacked assistant to Candy's Dr. Tongue, and the obnoxiously phony comic Bobby Bittman, while he killed with his impersonations of Ricardo Montalban and mustachioed movie critic Gene Shalit. After leaving the show, much of his subsequent work involved projects starring his "SCTV" alum, including "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Armed and Dangerous" (1986) and "The Martin Short Show" (NBC, 1994). Levy has something of a Renaissance when he began collaborating as a writer and star on Christopher Guest's hilariously quirky movies, most notably with "Waiting For Guffman" (1997) and "Best in Show" (2000). He also became a hit with a younger generation after his turn as the painfully endearing dad of a high school senior in "American Pie" (1999), which...

As a former member of Second City Toronto and performer on the classic sketch comedy show, "SCTV" (syndicated/NBC/Cinemax, 1976-1984), actor Eugene Levy emerged from his native Canada alongside top comedic talent like John Candy, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short to become one of the most reliable supporting players in film and on television. Levy essayed many characters on the cutting-edge "SCTV," including inept newscaster Earl Camembert, the hunchbacked assistant to Candy's Dr. Tongue, and the obnoxiously phony comic Bobby Bittman, while he killed with his impersonations of Ricardo Montalban and mustachioed movie critic Gene Shalit. After leaving the show, much of his subsequent work involved projects starring his "SCTV" alum, including "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Armed and Dangerous" (1986) and "The Martin Short Show" (NBC, 1994). Levy has something of a Renaissance when he began collaborating as a writer and star on Christopher Guest's hilariously quirky movies, most notably with "Waiting For Guffman" (1997) and "Best in Show" (2000). He also became a hit with a younger generation after his turn as the painfully endearing dad of a high school senior in "American Pie" (1999), which showed that Levy was able to bring humanity and depth to seemingly superficial projects.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Sodbusters (1994) Director
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  Once Upon A Crime (1991) Director
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  Partners 'n Love (1992) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Finding Dory (2016)
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 American Reunion (2012)
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 Astro Boy (2009)
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 Taking Woodstock (2009)
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 Curious George (2006)
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Joined McMaster's ensemble theater while attending the university
1970:
Served as cinematographer on "Columbus of Sex," an erotic comic student film
1971:
Worked as the "coffee boy" on the set of Ivan Reitman's film debut "Foxy Lady"
1973:
Made feature acting debut opposite Andrea Martin in Reitman's "Cannibal Girls"
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Joined the Second City troupe in Toronto
1976:
Served as a writer/performer on "Second City TV," a syndicated sketch comedy series
1979:
Made dramatic acting debut in "Running"
1981:
Provided several voices for "Heavy Metal," an animated rock 'n' roll feature
1981:
Wrote and performed for "SCTV Network 90" on NBC
1983:
Wrote and performed on "SCTV Channel" on Cinemax
1983:
Had a small role as a car salesman in "National Lampoon's Vacation"
1984:
Landed a memorable role as an eccentric scientist in Ron Howard's "Splash"
1985:
TV producing debut, as executive producer for the HBO special "The Last Polka"; also co-wrote and played Stan Shmenge
1986:
First leading role in a feature, co-starring with John Candy in "Armed and Dangerous"
1986:
Re-teamed with SCTV co-stars Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty and Rick Moranis for the ensemble comedy "Club Paradise"
1987:
TV-movie debut, "Bride of Boogedy" (ABC)
1988:
Directed the "Biographies: The Enigma of Bobby Bittman" for Cinemax; also produced, wrote and starred
1988:
Produced, directed and acted in "Second City's 15th Anniversary Special"
1989:
Directed the HBO comedy special "I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood"
1990:
Created the Family Channel series "Maniac Mansion"; also executive produced, wrote and directed episodes
1992:
Directed the Family Channel TV-movie "Partners 'n Love"
1992:
Directed first feature film "Once Upon a Crime"
1994:
Wrote the song "The Sodbusters Song" for the Showtime movie "Sodbusters"; also executive produced, directed and wrote
1994:
Directed the premiere episode of "The Martin Short Show" (NBC)
1997:
Co-wrote "Waiting for Guffman" with Christopher Guest; also co-starred as Dr. Allan Pearl and performed several songs; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay
1997:
Cast as a regular on the ABC sitcom "Hiller & Diller," as Gordon Schermerhorn
1998:
Appeared in Christopher Guest's "Almost Heroes"
1999:
Played the father of Jason Bigg's Jim in the hit comedy "American Pie"
2000:
With Christopher Guest, co-wrote the satirical comedy "Best in Show"; also co-starred
2001:
Reprised role of Jim's father in "American Pie 2"
2001:
Played a hilarious Bloomingdale's salesman in the romantic comedy "Serendipity"
2002:
Cast as a regular on the Fox series "Greg the Bunny"
2003:
Featured in the comedy "Bringing Down The House" opposite Steve Martin
2003:
Reprised role as the eccentric father in "American Wedding"
2003:
Co-wrote and co-starred in the comedy "A Mighty Wind"; co-written and directed by Christopher Guest; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay
2004:
Played an overzealous truant officer opposite Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in "New York Minute"
2005:
Co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in the comedy film "The Man"
2005:
Co-starred with Carmen Electra as husband and wife in "Cheaper by the Dozen 2," starring Steve Martin
2006:
Voiced a porcupine named Lou in the animated film "Over the Hedge"
2006:
Co-wrote and co-starred in "For Your Consideration," a parody of Hollywood and the Academy Awards; re-teamed with Christopher Guest
2009:
Played the owner of the dairy farm, which held the famous music festival in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock"
2012:
Cast alongside "American Pie" co-star Seann William Scott in the sport comedy "Goon"
2012:
Reprised role of Jim's dad in "American Reunion"
2012:
Co-starred in the comedy "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection"
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Education

Westdale Secondary School: Hamilton , Ontario -
McMaster University: Hamilton , Ontario - 1969

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wife:
Deb Devine.

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