David Levien

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David Levien
Born (1967-12-09) December 9, 1967 (age 52)
Queens, New York, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, novelist, director, producer
Alma materUniversity of Michigan, Boston University
GenreFiction, suspense
Notable worksBillions, Rounders, Solitary Man
SpouseMelissa Levien
ChildrenJoseph Levien
James Levien
Robbie Levien

David Levien is an American screenwriter, novelist, director, and producer. Best known as the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen and Rounders,[1][2] Levien has also produced films such as The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones Levien frequently collaborates on projects with his writing partner Brian Koppelman.[3][4]

As a novelist, he has published City of the Sun, Where the Dead Lay, 13 Million Dollar Pop, and Signature Kill.[5][6][7] Earlier works are often published under D. J. Levien.

Levien studied at the University of Michigan.[8]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1998 Rounders No Yes No
2001 Knockaround Guys Yes Yes Yes Co-directed with Brian Koppelman
2003 Runaway Jury No Yes No
2004 Walking Tall No Yes No
2007 Ocean's Thirteen No Yes No
2009 Solitary Man Yes No No Co-directed with Brian Koppelman
The Girlfriend Experience No Yes No
2013 Runner Runner No Yes Yes

Producer only


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2003 The Street Lawyer No Yes Yes TV pilot
2005 Tilt Yes Yes Yes Co-creator
2016 Billions No Yes Executive


Frank Behr novels[edit]

  • City of the Sun (2008)
  • Where the Dead Lay (2009)
  • Thirteen Million Dollar Pop (2011); released as The Contract outside the US (2012)
  • Signature Kill (2014)

Standalone novels[edit]

  • Wormwood (1999)
  • Swagbelly: A Novel for Today's Gentleman (2003)

Short stories[edit]

  • "Knock-out Whist" (2015)[9]


  1. ^ "CW Plots 'The Illusionist' Remake With 'True Blood' Alum". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  2. ^ "Were 'Ocean's 13' & 'The Girlfriend Experience' Screenwriters Brian Koppelman & David Levien On Track To Write 'Bourne 4' Before It Died?". theplaylist.net. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  3. ^ Schawbel, Dan. "Brian Koppelman And David Levien: What You Can Learn From The Team Behind Showtime's 'Billions'". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  4. ^ Harris, Brandon. "Brian Koppelman And David Levien, Solitary Man". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  5. ^ www.amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/David-Levien/e/B001H6QKGE. Retrieved 2019-05-08. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "David Levein". Book Series in Order. 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  7. ^ "Order of David Levien Books - OrderOfBooks.com". www.orderofbooks.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  8. ^ Wolfe, Jim (2010-01-29). "David Levien finds success making movies and writing novels". GreenwichTime. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  9. ^ Block, Lawrence, ed. (30 April 2015). Dark City Lights: New York Stories (Have a NYC). Three Rooms Press.

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