William Levy (actor)

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William Levy
William levy 2009.jpg
Levy in 2009
Born William Levy Gutiérrez[1]
(1980-08-29) August 29, 1980 (age 34)
Cojimar, Havana, Cuba
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2003–present
Religion Catholic
Partner(s) Elizabeth Gutiérrez (2003–2011)[2]
Children 2
Website
william-levy.net

William Levy (born William Levy Gutiérrez; August 29, 1980)[1] is a Cuban American actor and former model.

Early life and education[edit]

Levy was born in Cojimar, Cuba.[1] His maternal grandfather was Jewish (the origin of his surname, Levy).[3][4] He was raised by his single mother, Barbara.[5] Levy emigrated to Miami, Florida, when he was fourteen. He attended high school, after which he studied business administration on a baseball scholarship at St. Thomas University. He later went to Los Angeles to study acting and continued his acting studies in Miami and Mexico City.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Levy worked as a model for the Next Models agency, and was featured in two reality shows broadcast by Telemundo: Isla de la Tentación and Protagonistas de Novela 2.[8] In 2005 he performed at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, starring in the play La Nena Tiene Tumbao.

His debut on the Spanish-language channel Univision was in the Venevision International production of Olvidarte Jamás. He later appeared in Mi Vida Eres Tu and Acorralada. In 2008, he appeared in his first film, Retazos de Vida, directed by Viviana Cordero. He was invited by television producer Carla Estrada to star in Pasión, his breakthrough in Mexican soap operas. Televisa cast him as the lead in Cuidado con el Angel with actress and ex-RBD singer Maite Perroni.[9] The show was first broadcast in Mexico in June 2008, and began airing in the United States in September 2008 on Univision. It averaged 5 million viewers per evening.[10]

Levy starred alongside Jacqueline Bracamontes on Sortilegio in 2009 [11] Sortilegio aired on Univision, and the finale drew 6.6 million viewers, beating ABC and CBS for viewers in that time slot.[12] In November 2009, the actor lent his voice to the Spanish version of the animated movie Planet 51.[13] The movie opened on November 27 in Mexico and won an award for best animated Spanish-language film of 2009 (Premios Goya).[14] From November 2009 to February 2010, Levy toured several Mexican cities with the play Un Amante a la Medida,[15] which toured in the United States in June 2010.

Levy participated in the Mexican telenovela Triunfo del Amor, a remake of the Venezuelan classic Cristal, again with Maite Perroni. The telenovela aired on October 25, 2010, in El Canal de las Estrellas. Pedro Torres, executive producer of Mujeres Asesinas, confirmed Levy's role in the third season of the popular Mexican series. Levy starred as Jennifer Lopez's love interest in the music video "I'm Into You", from her album Love?. It aired on NBC's Today on May 2, 2011.[16][17]

In January 2012, it was announced that Levy would appear in two episodes of the VH1 television series Single Ladies, with Denise Vasi.[18] He was a participant in the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars, with two-time mirror ball champion Cheryl Burke as his dance-pro partner; they finished in third place. [19][20] In December 2012 Levy was cast as Captain Damian Fabre for the remake of La Tormenta titled La Tempestad which aired in 2013. Levy is set to star in Addicted an erotic drama based on the novel of the same name by Zane.[21] Levy co-starred in Tyler Perry's film The Single Moms Club (2014).[22] Levy was cast in the lead role as Warrior in upcoming Brent Ryan Green film The Veil.[23]

William Levy Interview 2014

Personal life[edit]

From 2003 to 2011, Levy was in a relationship with Mexican-American actress Elizabeth Gutiérrez.[2] They met during their participation on Protagonistas de Novela 2. They have a son Christopher born in 2006 and a daughter, Kailey born in March 6, 2010.[15][24] On July 11, 2009, Levy converted to Catholicism.[25][26] Levy appeared on the cover of People en Español for its special issue on the sexiest men of the year for 2011.[27]

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Levy was announced to be a contestant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, partnering with two-time champion Cheryl Burke.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "International Love" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Quickstep/ "Nice Work If You Can Get It" 9 7 9 Safe
3 Salsa/ "La Vida es un Carnaval" 9 9 10 Safe
4 Jive/ "We're Not Gonna Take It" 7 7 8 Safe
5 Argentine Tango/ "Buttons" 10 9 10 Safe
6 Rumba/ "Being with You"
Motown Marathon
9
Awarded
8
9
10
Points
Safe
7 Viennese Waltz/ "Ave Maria"
Team Paso Doble/ "O Fortuna"
9
9
9
8
9
9
Safe
8 Foxtrot/ "Stray Cat Strut"
Paso Doble (Trio Challenge)/ "Diablo Rojo"
10
9
10
9
10
9
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Tango/ "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
Samba/ "Magalenha"
9
10
9
10
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Raise Your Glass"
Freestyle/ "Objection (Tango)"
Salsa (24-hour Challenge)/ Juventud de Presente
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
Third Place


Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Retazos de Vida Thiago
2009 Planet 51 Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker Voice role (Spanish dubbing)
2014 The Single Moms Club Manny
2014 Addicted Quentin Matthews
2014 The Veil Warrior Post-production
2014 A Change of Heart Carlos Filming
2015 "Fifty Shades of Grey" Christian Grey

Soap Operas[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005-06 Olvidarte jamás German
2006 Mi vida eres tú Federico
2007 Acorralada Larry Irazabal 187 episodes
2007–08 Pasión Vasco Darién 95 episodes
2008–09 Cuidado con el ángel Juan Miguel San Román Lead Role
2009 Sortilegio Alejandro Lombardo Lead Role
2010-11 Triunfo del amor Maximiliano Sandoval Lead Role
2013 La Tempestad Captain Damián Fabré / Michel Fabré Lead Role

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 La Isla de la Tentacion Himself Contestant
2003 Protagonistas de Novela 2 Himself Contestant
2010 Mujeres Asesinas Conde Fonsi "Annette y Ana, nobles" (Season 3, episode 7)
2012 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant (Season 14); 20 episodes
2012 Single Ladies Antonio "Still in Love with You" (Season 2, episode 13)
"Finally" (Season 2, episode 14)

Music Video[edit]

Theater[edit]

  • 2009-2010: Un Amante a La Medida/ Un Amante Perfecto.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Premios Bravo[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2008 Best Newcomer[28] Pasión Won
2010 Best Actor[29] Sortilegio Won

Premios Juventud[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2009 It's great![30] Cuidado con el ángel Won
2010 It's great![31] Sortilegio Won
2011 It's great![32] Triunfo del amor Won
2014 It's great![33] La Tempestad Won

Premios TVyNovelas[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2010 Best Actor[34] Sortilegio Nominated

Califa de oro[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2012 Best Actor[35] Triunfo del amor Won

Premios Casandra[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2012 Revelation Image[36] Triunfo del amor Won

People en Español[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2009 Best Couple (with Maite Perroni)[37] Cuidado con el ángel Nominated
Mejor actor[37] Nominated
2010 Best Actor[38] Sortilegio Nominated
Best Couple (with Jacqueline Bracamontes)[38] Nominated
The best dress of the year[38] William Levy Nominated
2011 Best Couple (with Maite Perroni)[39] Triunfo del amor Won
Best Actor[39] Nominated
The best dress of the year[39] William Levy Nominated
2012 King ofTwitter[40] Nominated
2013 Best Actor[41] La Tempestad Nominated
Best Couple (with Ximena Navarrete)[41] Nominated
The sexiest Twitter[41] William Levy Nominated
William Levy, piloto de avión[41] Nominated

Lists[edit]

  • 2011: He appeared in People en Español's list of the 50 handsomest men.[27]
  • 2009: People en Español named him as one of "Los 25 hombres más guapos".[42]
  • 2009: People en Español named him as one of "Los 50 más bellos".[43]
  • 2008: Quién named him as one of "Los 12 hombres más sexys".[44]
  • 2008: People en Español named him as one of "Los 50 más bellos".[45]
  • 2006: People en Español named him as one of "Los 20 solteros más sexys".[46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "William Levy biography". www.esmas.com (in Spanish) (Esmas). 
  2. ^ a b Pastorizo, Dennis (May 10, 2011). "William Levy And Elizabeth Gutierrez Split; Love Child To Blame?". Celebrity Gossip. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "William Levy". www.oem.com.mx (in Spanish) (Organizacion Editorial Mexicana). 
  4. ^ Shira, Dahvi (2012-02-28). "Dancing with the Stars Cast: William Levy - 5 Things". People.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  5. ^ "William Levy Talks Fleeing Cuba, Finding Instant Fame & 'Dancing With The Stars'". Starpulse.com. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  6. ^ "William Levy interview". www.so.com.mx (in Spanish) (Revista SO). [dead link]
  7. ^ "William Levy". www.reinarojas.com (in Spanish) (Reina Rojas). 
  8. ^ Protagonistas de novela 2 March 2009.
  9. ^ "''esmas.com''". .esmas.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  10. ^ "''EW on the set of CCEA''". Ew.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  11. ^ "''esmas.com''". .esmas.com. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  12. ^ "''bythenumbers''". Tvbythenumbers.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  13. ^ El Universal "William Levy incursiona en el doblaje en la cinta Planet 51" - October 2009
  14. ^ "''El Mundo, España''". Elmundo.es. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  15. ^ a b People en español "William Levy en Un amante a la medida" - October 2009
  16. ^ "Jennifer López, muy sensual junto al nuevo galán de su videoclip, el modelo cubano William Levy". ¡Hola!. April 19, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Premieres 'I’m Into You'". Gossip Cop. May 2, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ Rivera, Adriana (January 4, 2012). "William Levy to Guest Star on 'Single Ladies'". Latina. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Meet the Season 15 cast of Dancing with the Stars | ABC TV Show News, Cast, Photos & More â€" ABC.com". Abc.go.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  20. ^ "'Dancing with the Stars' crowns Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd new champs". Reality TV World. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  21. ^ Kit, Borys (November 2, 2012). "Erotic Drama 'Addicted' Rounds Out Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  22. ^ "Tyler Perry's Single Mom's Club Trailer, News, Videos, and Reviews". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  23. ^ "The Veil to star William Levy". Screen International. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "William Levy y Elizabeth Gutiérrez por primera vez en familia". People en Español. March 2, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  25. ^ "William Levy convertes to Catholicism" (in Spanish). People en Español. July 14, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2010. "William Levy se convirtió a la religión católica" 
  26. ^ Notimex, Domingo (July 12, 2009). "William Levy was baptized and confirmed" (in Spanish). Quién.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010. "William Levy fue bautizado y confirmado" 
  27. ^ a b "William Levy tops People en Español list of sexiest men". Fox News. August 25, 2011. 
  28. ^ El Porvenir "William Levy gana el premio Bravo como actor revelación por su papel en telenovela Pasión"
  29. ^ OEM "Gran fiesta de los premios Bravo -William Levy premiado"
  30. ^ Univision Ganadores de Premio Juventud 2009
  31. ^ TVyEspectáculos "William Levy ganador Premio Juventud al más galán
  32. ^ Ganadores Premios Juventud 2011
  33. ^ "Lista completa de nominados Premios Juventud 2014" (in Spanish). May 7, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  34. ^ TVyEspectáculos "William Levy nominado al premio TV&Novelas como Mejor actor"
  35. ^ El Universal "William Levy recibirá el Califa de Oro"
  36. ^ DelaZonaOriental.net "El actor William Levy será galardonado con un Casandra Internacional."
  37. ^ a b People en Español "William Levy nominado al People en Español como Mejor actor"
  38. ^ a b c People en Español. "Estrellas del Año 2010". 
  39. ^ a b c La revista People en Español galardona a la "Mejor pareja del año" junto a su compañera Maite Perroni por Triunfo del amor
  40. ^ "Lista de ganadores a los premios People en español 2012". Starmedia. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  41. ^ a b c d People en Español. "Estrellas del Año 2013". 
  42. ^ Revista People en español "William Levy uno de los 25 hombres más guapos" - August 2009
  43. ^ People en Español May 2009.
  44. ^ Quién November 2008.
  45. ^ People en Español January 2009.
  46. ^ People en Español January 2009.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 14 (Spring 2012 with Cheryl Burke)
Succeeded by
Kelly Monaco & Valentin Chmerkovskiy