( 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.