Daniel Levy (TV personality)

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Daniel Levy
Born Daniel Joseph Levy
(1983-08-24) August 24, 1983 (age 33)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, writer, producer, TV personality
Years active 2000–present
Parent(s) Eugene Levy
Deborah Divine

Daniel Joseph Levy (born August 24, 1983), also known professionally as Dan Levy, is a Canadian actor, writer, producer, TV personality and the son of popular 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]

2011–2013: 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]

Main article: Schitt's Creek

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, 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 often 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]

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.[10]

Levy avoids labelling his sexual orientation publicly,[11] though in an interview with Flare he was called "a member of the queer community."[12]

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