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Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Levy at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Shawn Adam Levy[1]
(1968-07-23) July 23, 1968 (age 50)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Film director, producer, actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Serena Levy
Children 4

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) and Stranger Things (2016) season One and season Two.

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/Adelstein, produced the ABC hit Last Man Standing with Tim Allen and Stranger Things on Netflix.[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 Actor Role Notes
1986 Zombie Nightmare No No Yes Jim Bratten
1987 Wild Thing No No Yes Paul
1988 Liberace: Behind the Music No No Yes Glenn
1988 The Kiss No No Yes Terry O'Connell
1991 Our Shining Moment No No Yes J.J.
1993 Made in America No No Yes Dwayne
1997 Address Unknown Yes No No Cameo appearance
Just in Time Yes No Yes Photographer Cameo appearance
2001 Jett Jackson: The Movie Yes Yes No Television film
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus No Yes No
2002 Big Fat Liar Yes No Yes Wolf Party Guest Cameo appearance
2003 Just Married Yes No No
Cheaper by the Dozen Yes No Yes Press Room Reporter Cameo appearance
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 No Yes Yes Hospital Intern
2006 The Pink Panther Yes No No
Night at the Museum Yes Yes No
2008 What Happens in Vegas No Yes No
The Rocker No Yes No
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Yes Yes Yes Guy in Commercial Cameo appearance
The Pink Panther 2 No Yes No Executive producer only
2010 Date Night Yes Yes No
2011 Real Steel Yes Yes No
2012 The Watch No Yes No
2013 The Spectacular Now No Yes No
The Internship Yes Yes Yes Guy in Nap Pod
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Yes Yes No
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day No Yes No
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb[15] Yes Yes No
2016 Arrival No Yes No Nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture
Why Him? No Yes No
2017 Fist Fight No Yes No
Table 19 No Yes No
2018 The Darkest Minds No Yes No
Kin No Yes No
TBA Uncharted[10] Yes No No
Mr. Men Little Miss[16] No Yes No
Starman[17] Yes Yes No
Cubed[18][19] No Yes No
Atlantis 7 No Yes No
The Fall[20] Yes Yes No
Crater[21] Yes Yes No


Year Title Credited as Episode(s)
Director Producer Actor Role
1989 China Beach No No Yes Lieutenant "Dear China Beach"
1989–90 Tour of Duty No No Yes SP4 Budd Sills 2 episodes
1990 21 Jump Street No No Yes Lance "Awomp-Bomp-Aloobomb, Aloop Bamboom"
Lifestories No No Yes Luke Conforti "Art Conforti"
1993 Beverly Hills, 90210 No No Yes Howard Banchek 2 episodes
Step by Step No No Yes Daniel "Way Off-Broadway"
1996–98 The Secret World of Alex Mack Yes No No 6 episodes
1997–98 The Journey of Allen Strange Yes No No 3 episodes
1998–99 Lassie Yes No No 4 episodes
1998 First Wave Yes No No "Marker 262"
1998–99 Animorphs Yes No No 5 episodes
1998–03 The Famous Jett Jackson Yes No Yes Producer 47 episodes
1999 So Weird Yes No No
2000 In a Heartbeat Yes No No 2 episodes
2002 Do Over Yes No No "The Block Party"
Birds of Prey Yes No No "Nature of the Beast"
2006 Pepper Dennis Yes Yes No "Pilot"
2009 30 Rock No No Yes Scottie Shofar "The Problem Solvers"
2011–16 Last Man Standing No Yes No 79 episodes
2014 Cristela No Yes No "Pilot"
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Yes No No "Kimmy Drives a Car!"
2016–17 Stranger Things Yes Yes Yes Morgue Worker Directed 4 episodes ("Holly, Jolly", "The Body", "The Pollywog", "Will the Wise")
2017 Imaginary Mary Yes No No Directed 2 episodes ("Pilot", "The Mom Seal")

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. ^ McClintock, Pamela (February 7, 2011). "Fox Sets 'Mr. Men' Animated Feature With Producer Shawn Levy (EXCLUSIVE)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  17. ^ Kit, Borys (April 1, 2016). "'Starman' Remake In the Works With Director Shawn Levy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  18. ^ Kit, Borys (April 30, 2015). "Lionsgate to Remake Cult Sci-Fi Hit 'Cube'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  19. ^ Lesnick, Silas (April 30, 2015). "Lionsgate Plans Cube Remake, Cubed". 
  20. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 17, 2016). "Shawn Levy to Direct Sci-Fi Film 'The Fall'". Variety. 
  21. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 8, 2017). "Fox and Shawn Levy Team on Sci-Fi Spec 'Crater' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 

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