Shawn Levy (born c. 1968) is a Canadian producer, director and actor.
Early Life and Career
Levy was born to a Jewish family in Montreal, Quebec. As a teenager, he attended St. George's High School and Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York. Levy graduated from Yale University in 1989 majoring in Performing Arts. He received a MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1994.
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 produces the ABC/Fox comedy series Last Man Standing and the science fiction Netflix series Stranger Things.
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.
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.
Levy was initially announced as the director of the film version of Minecraft, but has since left the project. He is the latest director attached to the film adaptation of the Uncharted video game series, following David O. Russell and Neil Burger. Joe Carnahan worked with Levy to produce the script for the film, but Levy left the project on December 19, 2018. 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.
In March 2018, it was announced that Levy will produce the film adaptation of the slasher novel There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins under his 21 Laps Entertainment label, alongside James Wan's Atomic Monster studio for Netflix.
|Just in Time||Yes||No|
|2002||Big Fat Liar||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|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Yes||Yes|
|Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Yes||Yes|
|2001||I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus||John Shepphird|
|2005||Cheaper by the Dozen 2||Adam Shankman|
|2008||What Happens in Vegas||Tom Vaughan|
|The Rocker||Peter Cattaneo|
|2009||The Pink Panther 2||Harald Zwart||Executive producer|
|2012||The Watch||Akiva Schaffer|
|2013||The Spectacular Now||James Ponsoldt|
|2014||Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,|
No Good, Very Bad Day
|2016||Arrival||Denis Villeneuve||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Picture|
Nominated- AACTA International Award for Best Film
|Why Him?||John Hamburg|
|2017||Fist Fight||Richie Keen|
|Table 19||Jeffrey Blitz|
|2018||The Darkest Minds||Jennifer Yuh Nelson|
|TBA||The Violent Heart||Kerem Sanga||Filming|
|Untitled third Sesame Street film||Jonathan Krisel|
|There's Someone Inside Your House||Patrick Brice||Pre-production|
Acting Roles (Film)
|1986||Zombie Nightmare||Jim Bratten|
|1988||Liberace: Behind the Music||Glenn|
|The Kiss||Terry O'Connell|
|1991||Our Shining Moment||J.J.|
|1993||Made in America||Dwayne|
|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|
|1996–1998||The Secret World of Alex Mack||Yes||No||6 episodes|
|1997–1998||The Journey of Allen Strange||Yes||No||3 episodes|
|1998||First Wave||Yes||No||Episode "Marker 262"|
|1998–2003||The Famous Jett Jackson||Yes||No||47 episodes|
|2000||In a Heartbeat||Yes||No||2 episodes|
|2001||Jett Jackson: The Movie||Yes||Yes||TV movie|
|2002||Do Over||Yes||No||Episode "The Block Party"|
|Birds of Prey||Yes||No||Episode "Nature of the Beast"|
|2006||Pepper Dennis||Yes||Yes||Episode "Pilot"|
|2011–2016||Last Man Standing||No||Yes||79 episodes|
|2016||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Yes||No||Episode "Kimmy Drives a Car!"|
|2016–present||Stranger Things||Yes||Yes||Directed episodes "Holly, Jolly", "The Body", "The Pollywog", "Will the Wise", “The Case Of The Missing Lifeguard” and “The Sauna Test” while also doing a cameo in the episode "The Body"|
|2017||Imaginary Mary||Yes||No||Episodes "Pilot" and "The Mom Seal"|
Acting Roles (televison)
|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"|
Levy took a hands-on producing role on the show. When the Duffers were set to film and direct the third episode, the scripts for the second half of the season were not finished. Levy offered to direct episodes three and four so they could focus on the writing.
- Shawn Levy on Twitter
- Because of his role in the successful seasons of Stranger Things, Netflix issued a 4-year contract with Levy so that he would create TV projects exclusively for the streaming entertainment company.
- He made a cameo appearance in The Body.
- ↑ "‘Stranger Things’: Shawn Levy on Directing Winona Ryder, Netflix’s Viral Model" Variety. July 22, 2016.
- ↑ "How the man behind Netflix hit 'Stranger Things' is taking over Hollywood" Business Insider. September 7, 2016.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Shawn Levy Confirms He’s Directing Again; Teases Season 3" Collider. November 8, 2016.
|Cast and crew of Stranger Things|
|Major Cast Members|
|Recurring/Minor Cast Members|