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Dan Levy (Canadian actor)
Born Name: Daniel Joseph Levy
Date of Birth: August 9, 1983
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height: 1.8 m
Occupation: Actor, writer, producer, TV personality
Parent(s): Eugene Levy (father)
Family: Sarah Levy (sister)
Daniel Joseph Levy (born August 9, 1983) is a Canadian actor, writer, producer, and television personality. He is the son of comedian and actor Eugene Levy and screenwriter Deborah Divine Levy. Dan Levy hosted an aftershow for The Hills that aired on MTV Canada for several seasons.
He currently stars as David Rose in Schitt's Creek, a scripted comedy series that he co-created with his father. For his work on the series, he has won several Canadian Screen Awards, among other accolades.
Levy was born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1983, the son of Deborah Divine and Canadian actor Eugene Levy. He is the older brother of actress Sarah Levy who plays waitress Twyla in Schitt's Creek, in which Levy and his father also star. Levy attended high school at North Toronto Collegiate Institute and later pursued film production at York University and Ryerson University. His father is Jewish and his mother is Protestant; the family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah. Levy identifies as Jewish and was bar mitzvahed.
2006–2012: Early work
Levy began his career as one of the original seven co-hosts on the now defunct MTV Canada flagship series MTV Live. He gained prominence as co-host of MTV Canada's The After Show with Jessi Cruickshank and its various incarnations, such as The Hills: The After Show and The City: Live After Show. Following The After Show's cancellation and Cruickshank's departure, Levy wrote, produced, and starred in his own Christmas Special for MTV, Daniel Levy's Holi-Do's & Don'ts, and co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet, the X-Factor pre-show, and national coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Games for CTV. Levy left MTV Canada in 2011 after five years with the network.
In 2008, he appeared on Canada's Next Top Model as a guest judge.
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.
2013–present: Schitt's Creek
In 2013, Levy formed Not a Real Company Productions (with his father Eugene Levy and principals Andrew Barnsley and Fred Levy). Their first project was a television pilot with CBC, which resulted in Schitt's Creek. Levy also stars in the series alongside his father, sister Sarah Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy, and Chris Elliott. It's the Not a Real Company Productions' first television series. Levy has spoken publicly 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.
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, Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series in 2016 and Best Comedy Series in 2019.
In March 2019, Levy announced that the series was renewed for a sixth and final season. In a statement posted to social media, Levy indicated that the decision to end the series after season six on their own creative terms was a "rare privilege" and thanked fans for their support.
In July 2017, it was announced that Levy would host The Great Canadian Baking Show with Julia Taylor Ross, which had its premiere November 1 on CBC. Controversy arose when John Doyle of The Globe and Mail criticized the show's first episode in a review on October 30, 2017. Included in the review was a critique of Levy's "feyness" while performing as host and a joke hinting at nepotism at CBC. While acknowledging the importance of criticism in media, Levy called the use of the word "feyness" "offensive, irresponsible, and homophobic". The Globe's public editor, Sylvia Stead, published a statement on November 9 explaining that "Mr. Doyle was not aware that Mr. Levy was gay and he used the term to mean preciousness". She also acknowledged that, despite the dictionary not defining "fey" as a slur, "we need to understand not just the context of words, but how they evolve and are viewed by communities that may be justly sensitive to a range of meanings." Levy and Chan returned as hosts for the series' second season, which premiered in September 2018. In March 2019, Levy announced via Twitter that he and Chan would not be returning as hosts for the series' third season, citing "scheduling conflicts."
In May 2019, he was the keynote speaker at The Infatuation's annual food festival, EEEEEATSCON.
In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, sparking the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Queerty named him one of the Pride50 “trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all queer people”.
In September 2019, it was announced that Levy had signed a three-year deal with ABC Studios to produce and develop scripted content.
In January 2020, he and his father Eugene Levy were guest hosts of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, filling in for Ellen while she took a day off. They did many of the ordinary host activities including interviewing fellow Schitt's Creek cast members Catherine O'Hara and Annie Murphy.
Levy splits his time between Toronto and Los Angeles, though he has said that London is his "favorite city," after having lived there in 2005.
Levy previously avoided labelling his sexual orientation publicly, though in a 2015 interview with Flare he was called "a member of the queer community." In a 2020 interview with Andy Cohen, Levy confirmed he is gay and has been out since he was 18.