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Sam Levene

Director, Performer
( b. Aug 28, 1905 RUSSIA - d. Dec 28, 1980 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Also known as: Samuel Levene
Samuel Levine [Birthname]
Sam Levene's career spanned more than 50 years and he created some of the legendary comic roles of the American theater.

Mr. Levene created the role of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Patsy in Three Men on a Horse, Finkelstein, the theatrical agent in Dinner at Eight, Sidney Black in Light up the Sky and Al Lewis an ascerbic, retired vaudeville man in The Sunshine Boys. He appeared in more than 100 movies and Broadway plays, beginning with a five-line part in 1927 in Wall Street. He frequently played cantankerous, unreasonable characters, who were kind and loving under tough exteriors.

His other roles include Room Service, The Devils Advocate, for which he was nominated for a Tony award, and the original London production The Matchmaker where he played opposite Ruth Gordon.

Sam Levene was born in Russia, the son of a cantor, Harry Levine and Beth Weiner. He was brought to the United States at the age of 2. He later changed the "i" in his last name to an "e" because another actor in Actor's Equity was using the name Sam Levine at the time.

Source: The New York Times



Productions Date of Productions
Horowitz and Mrs. Washington
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Samuel Horowitz]
Apr 02, 1980 - Apr 06, 1980
The Royal Family
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Oscar Wolfe]
Dec 30, 1975 - Jul 18, 1976
Dreyfus in Rehearsal
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Arnold]
Oct 17, 1974 - Oct 26, 1974
The Sunshine Boys
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Al Lewis]
Dec 20, 1972 - Apr 21, 1974
Paris Is Out!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Daniel Brand]
Feb 02, 1970 - Apr 18, 1970
Three Men on a Horse
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Patsy]
Oct 16, 1969 - Jan 10, 1970
Nathan Weinstein, Mystic, Connecticut
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Nathan Weinstein]
Feb 25, 1966 - Feb 26, 1966
The Impossible Years
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene
    • Dr. Jack Kingsley - Replacement
Oct 13, 1965 - May 27, 1967
The Last Analysis
[Play, Farce, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Philip Bummidge]
Oct 01, 1964 - Oct 24, 1964
Cafe Crown
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Hymie]
Apr 17, 1964 - Apr 18, 1964
Seidman and Son
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Morris Seidman]
Oct 15, 1962 - Apr 20, 1963
Let It Ride!
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Patsy]
Oct 12, 1961 - Dec 09, 1961
The Devil's Advocate
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Dr. Aldo Meyer]
Mar 09, 1961 - Jun 17, 1961
The Good Soup
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Odilon]
Mar 02, 1960 - Mar 19, 1960
Heartbreak House
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Boss Mangan]
Oct 18, 1959 - Jan 23, 1960
Make a Million
[Play, Miscellaneous, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Sid Gray]
Oct 23, 1958 - Jul 18, 1959
Fair Game
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Lou Winkler]
Nov 02, 1957 - May 10, 1958
The Hot Corner
[Play, Farce, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Sam Levene
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Fred Stanley]
Jan 25, 1956 - Jan 28, 1956
Guys and Dolls
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Nathan Detroit]
Nov 24, 1950 - Nov 28, 1953
Light Up the Sky
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Sidney Black]
Nov 18, 1948 - May 21, 1949
A Sound of Hunting
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Pvt. Dino Collucci]
Nov 20, 1945 - Dec 08, 1945
Margin for Error
[Play, Melodrama, Original]
  • Starring: Sam Levene [Officer Finkelstein]
Nov 03, 1939 - Jun 15, 1940
Room Service
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Gordon Miller]
May 19, 1937 - Jul 16, 1938
Three Men on a Horse
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Patsy]
Jan 30, 1935 - Jan 09, 1937
Spring Song
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Milton]
Oct 01, 1934 - Nov 1934
The Milky Way
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene
    • Gabby Sloan - Replacement (Jun 11, 1934 - ?)
May 08, 1934 - Jul 1934
Yellow Jack
[Play, Drama, History, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Busch]
Mar 06, 1934 - May 1934
Dinner at Eight
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Samuel Levene [Max Kane]
Oct 22, 1932 - May 1933
Wonder Boy
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Schwartz]
Oct 22, 1931 - Nov 1931
Three Times the Hour
[Play, Melodrama, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Cooper]
Aug 25, 1931 - Sep 1931
The Up and Up
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene
    • Solly - Replacement (circa. Nov 1930 - ?)
Sep 08, 1930 - Nov 1930
This Man's Town
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Samuel Levene [Rosso]
Mar 10, 1930 - Mar 1930
Headquarters
[Play, Melodrama, Original]
  • Performer: Samuel Levene [Isadore Lipwitz]
Dec 04, 1929 - Dec 1929
Street Scene
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene
    • Forrest - Replacement (circa. Jun 1930 - ?)
Jan 10, 1929 - Jun 1930
Tin Pan Alley
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Telephone "Troublehunter"]
Nov 01, 1928 - Dec 1928
Jarnegan
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Sam Levene [Guest at Leedman's Party]
Sep 24, 1928 - Jan 1929
Wall Street
[Play, Melodrama, Romance, Original]
  • Performer: Samuel Levine [William Thompson, Asst. District Attorney]
Apr 20, 1927 - May 1927
1961 Tony Award® Best Actor in Play
 The Devil's Advocate [nominee]
Starring: Sam Levene
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