Dan Levy (TV personality)

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Dan Levy
Born Daniel Joseph Levy
(1983-08-09) August 9, 1983 (age 34)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor, writer, producer, TV personality
Years active 2000–present
Parent(s) Eugene Levy (father)
Deborah Divine (mother)
Family Sarah Levy (sister)

Daniel Joseph Levy (born August 9, 1983), known professionally as Dan Levy, is a Canadian actor, writer, producer, and television personality. He is the son of comedian and actor Eugene Levy.

Early life[edit]

Levy was born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1983, the son of Deborah Divine and Canadian actor Eugene Levy. He is the older brother of Sarah Levy.

Career[edit]

2000s: Early television work with MTV[edit]

Levy got his breakthrough working as the former co-host of MTV Canada's program The After Show and its various incarnations including The Hills: The After Show and The City: Live After Show with co-host Jessi Cruickshank.[1] Previously, he was one of the original seven co-hosts of MTV Canada's flagship series MTV Live, which is now no longer on air. Levy also wrote, produced, and starred in his own Christmas Special for MTV, Daniel Levy's Holi-Do's & Don'ts for MTV and co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet, the X-Factor pre-show, and national coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Games for CTV.[2]

In 2008, he appeared on Canada's Next Top Model as a guest judge.[2]

2011–2012: Transition into acting work[edit]

As an actor, he has appeared in a four-episode story arc of the Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation, which premiered as a TV movie called Degrassi Goes Hollywood. In his Degrassi arc, Levy played a film producer who hires Paige Michalchuk as the lead in a new film directed by actor Jason Mewes. He has also appeared in the 2012 thriller Offline and in the 2013 film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.[3][4]

2013–present: Schitt's Creek[edit]

In 2013, Levy formed Not A Real Company Productions (with his father Eugene Levy and principals Andrew Barnsley and Fred Levy).[4] Their first project was a television pilot with CBC, which resulted in Schitt's Creek.[5] Levy also stars in the series alongside his father, sister, Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy, and Chris Elliott.[6] It's the first television series produced by Not a Real Company Productions, the production company of Levy and his father.[7] Levy has spoken publicly about his character's portrayal of pansexuality, saying:

I think in certain parts of America, David’s sexual ambiguity was a big question mark. (But) it was issues like that that I find quite exciting.[8]

For his work on Schitt's Creek, Levy has been nominated for numerous awards, including several Canadian Screen Awards for writing and acting, winning the awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series in 2016.[9]

2017: The Great Canadian Baking Show[edit]

On July 11, 2017, it was announced via Twitter that he will be hosting The Great Canadian Baking Show with Julia Chan, which premiered November 1 on CBC.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Levy splits his time between Toronto and Los Angeles, though he has said that London is his "favourite city," after having lived there in 2005.[11]

Levy previously avoided labelling his sexual orientation publicly,[12] though in a 2015 interview with Flare he was called "a member of the queer community."[13] In a 2017 interview, Levy confirmed he identifies as gay and has been out since he was 19.[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2016 Canadian Screen Awards Best Comedy Series Schitt's Creek Won [15]
Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series Won
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'The Hills: After Show,' heads to Hollywood". CTV News. 2007-12-10. Archived from the original on 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Dan Levy". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  3. ^ Monsaert, Peter (2012-11-14), Offline, retrieved 2016-08-28 
  4. ^ a b "Daniel Levy - Cast - Schitt's Creek". Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  5. ^ "Dan Levy: the man behind new TV show Schitt's Creek, and those glasses". Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  6. ^ "SCTV stars Levy and O'Hara reunite for a forthcoming CBC sitcom called Schitt's Creek". canada.com, February 10, 2014.
  7. ^ "SCTV alums Levy and O'Hara to star in CBC comedy". Playback, February 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Dan Levy on why the most provocative thing about Schitt's Creek isn't the name | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  9. ^ "www.academy.ca/Canadian-Screen-Awards". Archived from the original on 2016-04-04. 
  10. ^ "Dan Levy and Julia Chan to host The Great Canadian Baking Show". CBC. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  11. ^ "In the Bag: Dan Levy on the Art of Packing". Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  12. ^ "Dan Levy Discusses Schitt's Creek, His Eyebrows & Being a Sex Object". 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  13. ^ "Dan Levy Talks Playing Pansexual on Schitt's Creek - Flare". 2015-03-31. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  14. ^ nurun.com. "Levy finds his groove as accidental sex symbol". 24 Hours Toronto. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  15. ^ Furdyk, Brent (19 January 2016). "2016 Canadian Screen Awards Nominees Announced". ET Canada. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 

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