Shawn Levy

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Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Levy at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Shawn Adam Levy[1]

(1968-07-23) July 23, 1968 (age 50)
OccupationFilm director, producer, actor
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Serena Levy

Shawn Adam Levy (born July 23, 1968)[2] is a Canadian film director, producer, and actor. He directed the films Big Fat Liar (2002), Just Married (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Pink Panther (2006), Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Date Night (2010), Real Steel (2011), The Internship (2013), This Is Where I Leave You (2014), and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).

Levy was a producer on the 2016 sci-fi film Arrival, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Since 2016, Levy has been an executive producer on the Netflix original series Stranger Things. He has directed two episodes in the show’s first season and two episodes in the second, and will be directing another two episodes for the third season.[3]


Levy in Moscow in 2011.

Levy was born to a Jewish family[4] in Montreal,[5] Quebec. As a teenager, he attended St. George's High School and Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York.[citation needed] Levy graduated from Yale University in 1989 majoring in Performing Arts. He received a MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1994.[6]

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. His television company 21 Laps produced the ABC comedy series Last Man Standing and the science fiction Netflix series Stranger Things.[7]

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

Levy was initially announced as the director of the film version of Minecraft,[8] but he has since left the project.[9] He is the latest director attached to the film adaptation of the Uncharted video game series, following David O. Russell and Neil Burger.[10] Joe Carnahan will be working with Levy to produce the script for the movie, set to film in 2017.[11] Levy will also direct a film based on long-running children's series Sesame Street, which will be the show's third motion picture following Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, and its first in nearly two decades.[12]

In December 2017, Netflix announced a 4-year contract with Levy. Due to the successful seasons of Stranger Things, he will create TV projects exclusively for the streaming entertainment company.

Personal life[edit]

Levy is married to Serena, with whom he has four daughters.[13] Levy is Jewish[14] and speaks fluent English, Hebrew and French.



Year Title Director Producer Notes
1997 Address Unknown Yes No
Just in Time Yes No
2001 Jett Jackson: The Movie Yes executive TV movie
2002 Big Fat Liar Yes No
2003 Just Married Yes No
Cheaper by the Dozen Yes No
2006 The Pink Panther Yes No
Night at the Museum Yes Yes
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Yes Yes
2010 Date Night Yes Yes
2011 Real Steel Yes Yes
2013 The Internship Yes Yes
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Yes Yes
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb[15] Yes Yes
TBA Uncharted[10] Yes No
Starman[16] Yes Yes
The Fall[17] Yes Yes
Crater[18] Yes Yes

Producer only[edit]

Year Title Notes
2001 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2
2008 What Happens in Vegas
The Rocker
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Executive producer
2012 The Watch
2013 The Spectacular Now
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,
No Good, Very Bad Day
2016 Arrival Nominated- Academy Award for Best Picture
Why Him?
2017 Fist Fight
Table 19
2018 The Darkest Minds
TBA Mr. Men Little Miss[19]
Atlantis 7

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Zombie Nightmare Jim Bratten
1987 Wild Thing Paul
1988 Liberace: Behind the Music Glenn
The Kiss Terry O'Connell
1991 Our Shining Moment J.J.
1993 Made in America Dwayne
1997 Address Unknown Cameo
Just in Time Photographer
2002 Big Fat Liar Wolf Party Guest
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Press Room Reporter
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Hospital Intern
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Guy in Commercial
2013 The Internship Guy in Nap Pod


Year Title Director Producer Episode(s)
1996–1998 The Secret World of Alex Mack Yes No 6 episodes
1997–1998 The Journey of Allen Strange Yes No 3 episodes
1998–1999 Lassie Yes No 4 episodes
1998 First Wave Yes No "Marker 262"
1998–1999 Animorphs Yes No 5 episodes
1998–2003 The Famous Jett Jackson Yes No 47 episodes
1999 So Weird Yes No
2000 In a Heartbeat Yes No 2 episodes
2002 Do Over Yes No "The Block Party"
Birds of Prey Yes No "Nature of the Beast"
2006 Pepper Dennis Yes Yes "Pilot"
2011–2016 Last Man Standing No Yes 79 episodes
2014 Cristela No Yes "Pilot"
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Yes No "Kimmy Drives a Car!"
2016–present Stranger Things Yes Yes Directed 4 episodes ("Holly, Jolly", "The Body", "The Pollywog", "Will the Wise")
2017 Imaginary Mary Yes No 2 episodes ("Pilot", "The Mom Seal")

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role Episode(s)
1989 China Beach Lieutenant "Dear China Beach"
1989–1990 Tour of Duty SP4 Budd Sills 2 episodes
1990 21 Jump Street Lance "Awomp-Bomp-Aloobomb, Aloop Bamboom"
Lifestories Luke Conforti "Art Conforti"
1993 Beverly Hills, 90210 Howard Banchek 2 episodes
Step by Step Daniel "Way Off-Broadway"
2000 The Famous Jett Jackson Producer 3 episodes
2009 30 Rock Scottie Shofar "The Problem Solvers"
2016 Stranger Things Morgue Worker "Chapter Four: The Body"

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Actor 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
Real Steel
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
Michael Bryan French NoN NoN
John Gatins NoN NoN
Ricky Gervais NoN NoN NoN
Amy Hill NoN NoN
Taran Killam NoN NoN
Ashton Kutcher NoN NoN
Steve Martin NoN NoN
Mickey Rooney NoN NoN NoN
Ted Rooney NoN NoN
Dax Shepard NoN NoN NoN
Ben Stiller NoN NoN NoN
Robin Williams NoN NoN NoN
Owen Wilson NoN NoN NoN NoN


  1. ^ "Shawn Adam Levy — The Guild / Members". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Shawn Levy — Biography and Filmography - 1968". February 20, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "'Stranger Things' Season 3 Starts Filming Monday". April 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Nate Bloom (February 13, 2017). "The tribe goes to the Oscars". J. The Jewish News of Northern California.
  5. ^ Durocher, Sophie (January 25, 2017). "Villeneuve est enfin "arrivé"". Le Journal de Montréal (in French). Retrieved February 17, 2017. Un des producteurs de L’Arrivée, Shawn Levy, est un «ptit gars de Montréal»
  6. ^ "Shawn Levy Gets "Real"". USC Cinematic Arts. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ Berkshire, Geoff (July 22, 2016). "'Stranger Things': Shawn Levy on Directing Winona Ryder, Netflix's Viral Model". Variety.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 16, 2014). "Warner Bros. Taps Shawn Levy for 'Minecraft' Movie". Variety. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 19, 2014). "Shawn Levy Leaves Warner Bros.' 'Minecraft' Film". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (October 25, 2016). "Shawn Levy To Direct Uncharted Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 25, 2016). "Shawn Levy To Direct 'Uncharted'; PlayStation Vidgame Movie On Fast Track". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Evans, Alan (November 10, 2016). "Sesame Street movie is in the works". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Cannell, Michael (August 2012). "Shawn Levy's Modern Farmhouse in Upstate New York". Architectural Digest. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  14. ^ Bloom, Nate (October 17, 2003). "Celebrity jews". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  15. ^ Chitwood, Adam (February 7, 2013). "Shawn Levy Returns to Direct 'Night at the Museum 3' for December 25, 2014 Release". Collider.
  16. ^ Kit, Borys (April 1, 2016). "'Starman' Remake In the Works With Director Shawn Levy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  17. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 17, 2016). "Shawn Levy to Direct Sci-Fi Film 'The Fall'". Variety.
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 8, 2017). "Fox and Shawn Levy Team on Sci-Fi Spec 'Crater' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  19. ^ McClintock, Pamela (February 7, 2011). "Fox Sets 'Mr. Men' Animated Feature With Producer Shawn Levy (EXCLUSIVE)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  20. ^ Kit, Borys (April 30, 2015). "Lionsgate to Remake Cult Sci-Fi Hit 'Cube'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  21. ^ Lesnick, Silas (April 30, 2015). "Lionsgate Plans Cube Remake, Cubed".

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