Shawn Levy

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This article is about the director and actor. For the American film critic, see Shawn Anthony Levy.
Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy in Moscow, October 2011.jpg
Levy at a Moscow press conference for Real Steel, October 7, 2011
Born (1968-07-23) July 23, 1968 (age 46)[citation needed]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation film director
film producer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Serena (4 children)

Shawn Adam Levy (born July 23, 1968[citation needed]) is a Canadian-American director, producer, and actor who directed the comedy films Big Fat Liar, Just Married, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pink Panther, Night at the Museum, its sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Date Night and The Internship, as well as the sci-fi sports drama Real Steel. Cumulatively, Levy's films have grossed $2 billion at the worldwide box office, making him one of the most commercially successful filmmakers of the past decade. He has also directed many television shows, including Cousin Skeeter, The Famous Jett Jackson, and Pepper Dennis.

Life and career[edit]

Levy was born in Montreal, Quebec to Jewish parents. As a teenager, he attended St. George's High School and Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York. Levy graduated from Yale University in 1989 majoring in Performing Arts. Levy has a production deal with 20th Century Fox. He produced the 2012 Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill comedy The Watch, which was directed by Akiva Schaffer, and has over a dozen projects in development for production in the near future. These include Rosaline, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Berenstain Bears, Sesame Street, 10 Best Days of My Life, Fight Before Christmas, Alone for the Holidays, Mr. Men, Fancy Nancy, King Kong, The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto, The 39 Clues: The Movie, and The Deadliest Warrior. His newly formed television company, 21 Laps/Adelstein, produced the ABC hit Last Man Standing with Tim Allen. He has also been announced as the director of Fox's new Frankenstein adaptation, the James Cameron-produced 3D sci-fi remake Fantastic Voyage and the film version of Minecraft.[1]

Levy's acting debut was in Zombie Nightmare (1986), a low-budget horror film in which he portrayed the antagonist. The film is best known for being featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. He also appeared in the 1988 Liberace: Behind the Music, as a post-Scott Thorson acquaintance of Liberace. His television resume consists of a guest spot on 21 Jump Street, a recurring role on Beverly Hills, 90210, and more recently, a role on 30 Rock as TV Producer Scottie Shofar.

He is known professionally as Shawn Levy, not to be confused with Shawn Anthony Levy, the American film critic and author who also signs his work as Shawn Levy.

Levy is married to Serena, with whom he has four children.[2] Levy is Jewish.[3]


Year Title Director Producer Actor Role Notes
1986 Zombie Nightmare Yes Jim Bratten
1997 Just in Time Yes Yes Photographer Cameo appearance
2000 The Famous Jett Jackson Yes TV Show
2002 Big Fat Liar Yes Yes Wolf Party Guest Cameo appearance
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Yes
2003 Just Married Yes
Cheaper by the Dozen Yes Yes Press Room Reporter Cameo appearance
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Yes Yes Hospital Intern
2006 The Pink Panther Yes
Night at the Museum Yes Yes
2008 What Happens in Vegas Yes
The Rocker Yes
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Yes Yes Yes Guy in Commercial Cameo appearance
The Pink Panther 2 Yes Executive producer only
2010 Date Night Yes Yes
2011 Real Steel Yes Yes
2012 The Watch Yes
The Spectacular Now Yes
2013 The Internship Yes Yes Yes Guy in Nap Pod
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Yes Yes
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Yes
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb[4] Yes Yes

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Actor Just in Time
Big Fat Liar
Just Married
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Pink Panther
Night at the Museum
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Date Night
The Internship
This Is Where I Leave You (2014) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
Rose Byrne NoN NoN
Steve Coogan NoN NoN NoN
Tina Fey NoN NoN
Timmy Fitzpatrick NoN NoN
Ricky Gervais NoN NoN NoN
Amy Hill NoN NoN
Taran Killam NoN NoN
Ashton Kutcher NoN NoN
Shawn Levy NoN NoN NoN NoN
Steve Martin NoN NoN
Mickey Rooney NoN NoN
Ted Rooney NoN NoN
Ben Stiller NoN NoN NoN
Robin Williams NoN NoN NoN
Owen Wilson NoN NoN NoN NoN


  1. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 16, 2014). "Warner Bros. Taps Shawn Levy for ‘Minecraft’ Movie". Varuety. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Shawn Levy's Modern Farmhouse in Upstate New York". Architectural Digest. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ [1]"The Collider" by Adam Chitwood, 07/02/2013

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