When you see those eyebrows you know you're in for a few good laughs. With films like A MIGHTY WIND, BEST IN SHOW, and the AMERICAN PIE trilogy, Eugene Levy's unmistakable comedic talent is impossible to overlook. This well known actor, writer and director has worked with the likes of Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Samuel L. Jackson on screen and keeps them laughing off. He's an award winning writer and actor having received two Emmys for SCTV, a Grammy and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for A MIGHTY WIND, an American Comedy Award and a Blockbuster Award for AMERICAN PIE, and a Golden Globe nomination for BEST IN SHOW. But before Hollywood recognized Eugene Levy, his hometown of Hamilton did.
He was born there on December 17, 1946 and attended McMaster University for four years, spending much of his time on the stage with good friend Martin Short and making films with fellow Walk of Fame Inductee, director Ivan Reitman. It was Reitman who gave Levy the lead in this first feature film CANNIBAL GIRLS in 1971 and the following year Levy won a role in the Toronto production of Godspell where he once again hit the boards with old friend Short, along with Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Andrea Martin, and Paul Shaffer.
In 1973 he joined Toronto's Second City Theatre, working alongside future comic luminaries John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, and Catherine O'Hara. He soon co-starred in the television off-shoot of Second City SCTV, where he created a myriad of characters, the most memorable being newscaster Earl Camembert, funnyman Bobby Bittman, and polka meister Stan Shmenge.