27 Facts About Eugene Levy


Eugene Levy was born on December 17,1946 and is a Canadian actor and comedian.


Eugene Levy was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011, and was made Companion of the Order of Canada in 2022.


Eugene Levy started his career writing and acting in the Canadian television sketch series SCTV, earning two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.


Eugene Levy appeared in the films National Lampoon's Vacation, Splash, and Multiplicity.


Eugene Levy became known for co-writing and appearances in a string of films with Christopher Guest, including Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration.


Eugene Levy appeared in the American Pie series of films.


Eugene Levy received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.


Eugene Levy was born to a Jewish family in downtown Hamilton, Ontario.


Eugene Levy's mother, Rebecca, was a homemaker, and his father was a foreman at an automobile plant.


Eugene Levy's mother was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Polish Jewish parents, later moving to Canada.


Eugene Levy's father was Sephardi Jewish, with ancestors from Spain and Bulgaria.


Eugene Levy attended Westdale Secondary School, where he was student council president.


Eugene Levy was vice-president of the McMaster Film Board, a student film group, where he met filmmaker Ivan Reitman.


An alumnus of both the Second City, Toronto and the sketch comedy series Second City Television, Eugene Levy often plays unusual supporting characters with nerdy streaks.


Eugene Levy was the creator of Maniac Mansion, a television sitcom based on the LucasArts video game of the same name.


Eugene Levy was seriously considered for the role of Toby Ziegler on The West Wing, a role that went to actor Richard Schiff.


Eugene Levy's brother Fred is a producer on the show.


On December 13,2022, it was announced that Eugene Levy would be host and executive producer for an Apple Original eight-episode travel series titled The Reluctant Traveler, premiering February 23,2023, on Apple TV+.


Eugene Levy was a close friend of actor John Candy.


Eugene Levy is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.


Eugene Levy received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, in 2008.


In 2002, the entire cast of SCTV was given a group star, and although Eugene Levy is not mentioned on the actual star, he was still inducted as a part of the group.


Eugene Levy is one of only a handful of people who have won at least five Canadian Comedy Awards, including two for Best Writing and three for Best Male Performer.


In 2010, Eugene Levy was awarded the ACTRA Award by the union representing Canada's actors.


In 2011, Eugene Levy was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as a comic actor and writer, and for his dedication to charitable causes" and promoted to the rank of Companion in 2022.


On May 22,2012, Eugene Levy delivered a commencement address at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was awarded the degree Doctor of Laws.


On June 11,2012, Eugene Levy was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.