Eugene Levy Biography

Down To Earth

Down To Earth

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Released: February 16, 2001
Director: Chris and Paul Weitz
Producer: Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Michael Rotenberg
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Eugene Levy, Chris Rock, Regina King, Chazz Palminteri, Mark Addy, Greg Germann, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cho, Wanda Sykes
Genre: Comedy
Length: 88 minutes
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Eugene Levy Biography


Date of Birth: December 17, 1946

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Eugene Levy attended McMaster University and was vice-president of the school's film board. Levy's first film came about when founding member of the film board Ivan Reitman, director of Ghostbusters and Six Days Seven Nights, cast Levy in Cannibal Girls in 1973.

In 1976, Levy joined the Toronto-based Second City Theatre and eventually met a circle of comics that would all go on to star in comedic films for years to come. He left the ensemble in 1981, but overlapped his time with Second City with a television offshoot of the group called SCTV (Canada's equivalent to Saturday Night Live) from 1976 to 1984. The troupe included Catherine O'Hara, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Rick Moranis, Martin Short, and Andrea Martin. Aside from performing, the group wrote all of their material and developed long-standing characters throughout the run of the series. They won two Emmys for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program in '82 and '83.

Levy went on to make appearances in notable comedies like Splash (1984), Vacation (1983), Club Paradise (1986) and Multiplicity (1996). He never seemed to lose touch with his SCTV cohorts, appearing in Father of the Bride Part II with Martin Short, and The Last Polka (which Levy wrote) and Armed and Dangerous were only two of his colloborations with the late John Candy. Levy co-wrote Waiting for Guffman (1996) with Christopher Guest (of This is Spinal Tap), and the project brought Levy back together with Catherine O'Hara.

His cameo as Jim's Dad in American Pie, the summer teen sex comedy of 1999, introduced Levy to a whole new generation. He has since appeared in two sequels, and teamed up again with Guest to write Best in Show (2000) and A Mighty Wind (2003), which brought together many of the cast members from their previous film, Waiting for Guffman. In 2004, along with Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, Levy won a Grammy award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for the title song from A Mighty Wind. In 2012, he reunited with the entire American Pie cast for American Reunion and also starred in the Tyler Perry movie Madea's Witness Protection (2012). He can now be heard voicing the character of Charlie in the animated sequel Finding Dory (2016).

He is married to TV writer Deborah Devine, and together they have two children.


Finding Dory(2016)
Being Canadian (2015)
American Reunion (2012)
Goon (2012)
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection (2012)
American Reunion (2012)
Goon (2012)
Astro Boy (2009) (voice)
Taking Woodstock (2009)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) (voice)
Gooby (2009)
Over the Hedge (2006) (voice)
Curious George (2006)
For Your Consideration (2006)
Cheaper By the Dozen 2 (2005)
The Man (2005)
New York Minute (2004)
American Wedding (2003)
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
Bringing Down the House (2003)
A Mighty Wind (2003)
Like Mike (2002)
Serendipity (2001)
American Pie 2 (2001)
Down to Earth (2001)
Best in Show (2000)
I Was Made to Love Her (2000)
Silver Man (2000)
American Pie (1999)
Unglued (1999)
Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998)
Holy Man (1998)
Almost Heroes (1998)
Akbar's Adventure Tours (1998)
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Multiplicity (1996)
Creature Crunch (1996) (voice)
Dogmatic (1996)
Father of the Bride Part II (1995)
I Love Trouble (1994)
Stay Tuned (1992)
Once Upon a Crime... (1992) (uncredited)
Father of the Bride (1991)
Speed Zone! (1989)
Armed and Dangerous (1986)
Club Paradise (1986)
Splash (1984)
Going Berserk (1983)
Vacation (1983)
Heavy Metal (1981) (voice)
Nothing Personal (1980)
Double Negative (1980)
Running (1979)
Cannibal Girls (1973)


Actor Finding Dory (2016)
Actor Finding Dory 3D (2016)
Actor Being Canadian (2015)
Actor American Reunion (2012)
Actor Goon (2012)
Actor Astro Boy (2009)
Actor Taking Woodstock (2009)
Actor Curious George (2006)
Actor Over the Hedge (2006)
Actor The Man (2005)
Actor New York Minute (2004)
Actor American Wedding (2003)
Actor A Mighty Wind (2003)
Actor Like Mike (2002)
Actor American Pie 2 (2001)
Actor Serendipity (2001)
Actor Best In Show (2000)
Actor Down To Earth (2000)
Actor American Pie (1999)
Actor Almost Heroes (1998)