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. 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. He spent of his time on the stage with good friend Martin Short and making films with fellow Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee, director Ivan Reitman. It was Reitman who gave Levy the lead in this first feature film Cannibal Girls, in 1971. 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, 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, such as newscaster Earl Camembert, funnyman Bobby Bittman and polka meister Stan Shmenge.
Levy would continue to work with this comedy cast of friends on various film and television projects. He directed Martin Short on NBC'S The Martin Short Show and Showtime's I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood; acted with John Candy in Going Berserk, Splash, Armed & Dangerous, The Last Polka and Speed Zone, as well as directed him in Once Upon a Crime; and acted with Catherine O'Hara in Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration and Schitt's Creek.
His unforgettable roles in movies like Multiplicity, Club Paradise, Father Of The Bride 2, Serendipity and Bringing Down The House helped cement his reputation as being an essential comedic anchor, but it was his role as the father of a sexually eager teenager in American Pie that introduced Levy's well refined comedic skills to a new generation of movie goers.
In 2004, Levy joined the advisory committee for the comedy program at Humber College, in Toronto, Ontario. In November of 2005, he received an honourary Doctorate of Letters from McMaster University.