Biography

Sam Levene was an American  Broadway and film actor.

Born in Russia, Levene appeared in several Broadway plays and musicals in the 1930s. In the mid-30s, he moved to Hollywood to re-create his stage role in the movie Three Men on a Horse, followed by After the Thin Man, both in 1936. He played a small but vital role in the 1939 film classic Golden Boy as William Holden's taxi driving brother-in-law "Siggie". He also appeared in many film noir classics including The Killers, Brute Force, and Crossfire. Sam Levene appeared in 49 films total during his Hollywood career.

Levene was nominated for a 1961 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play for The Devil's Advocate. Although not a good vocalist, he can be heard in the role of Nathan Detroit on the original cast recording of the musical Guys and Dolls, in which he appeared on Broadway. His solo number, "Sue Me," was written in one octave to compensate for his lack of singing ability. He lost the role to Frank Sinatra in the film adaptation. Levene also starred in the Broadway productions Dinner at Eight (1932), Room Service (1937), Light Up the Sky (1948), Heartbreak House (1959), The Impossible Years (1965), and Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys (1972), among many others.

Levene's last film role was in the courtroom drama ...And Justice for All (1979). Levene died of a heart attack in New York City.

Sam Levene was an American  Broadway and film actor.

Born in Russia, Levene appeared in several Broadway plays and musicals in the 1930s. In the mid-30s, he moved to Hollywood to re-create his stage role in the movie Three Men on a Horse, followed by After the Thin Man, both in 1936. He played a small but vital role in the 1939 film classic Golden Boy as William Holden's taxi driving brother-in-law "Siggie". He also appeared in many film noir classics including The Killers, Brute Force, and Crossfire. Sam Levene appeared in 49 films total during his Hollywood career.

Levene was nominated for a 1961 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play for The Devil's Advocate. Although not a good vocalist, he can be heard in the role of Nathan Detroit on the original cast recording of the musical Guys and Dolls, in which he appeared on Broadway. His solo number, "Sue Me," was written in one octave to compensate for his lack of singing ability. He lost the role to Frank Sinatra in the film adaptation. Levene also starred in the Broadway productions Dinner at Eight (1932), Room Service (1937), Light Up the Sky (1948), Heartbreak House (1959), The Impossible Years (1965), and Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys (1972), among many others.

Levene's last film role was in the courtroom drama ...And Justice for All (1979). Levene died of a heart attack in New York City.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 50

Birthday 1905-08-28

Day of Death 1980-12-28

Place of Birth Russia

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1979 ...And Justice for All as Arnie
1979 Last Embrace as Sam Urdell
1977 The Royal Family as Oscar Wolfe
1976 God Told Me To as Everett Lukas
1976 The Money as Lou Maurice
1971 Such Good Friends as Uncle Eddie
1969 A Dream of Kings as Cicero
1963 Act One as Richard Maxwell
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1960 The Aquanauts (1 episode)
1958 Kathy O' as Ben Melnick
1957 Slaughter on Tenth Avenue as Howard Rysdale
1957 Sweet Smell of Success as Frank D' Angelo
1957 Designing Woman as Ned Hammerstein
1956 The Opposite Sex as Mike Pearl
1953 Three Sailors and a Girl as Joe Woods
1952 Omnibus (1 episode)
1950 Dial 1119 as Dr. John D. Faron
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 With These Hands as Alexander Brody
1950 Guilty Bystander as Captain Tonetti
1948 Studio One (2 episodes)
1948 The Babe Ruth Story as Phil Conrad
1947 Killer McCoy as Happy
1947 Crossfire as Samuels
1947 Brute Force as Louie Miller #7033
1947 A Likely Story as Lennie
1947 Boomerang! as Morning Record's Reporter Dave Woods
1946 The Killers as Lt. Sam Lubinsky
1944 The Purple Heart as Lt. Wayne Greenbaum
1943 Shoe Shine Boy as Lucky
1943 Gung Ho! as Leo 'Transport' Andreof
1943 Whistling in Brooklyn as Creeper
1943 I Dood It as Ed Jackson
1943 Action in the North Atlantic as Abel 'Chips' Abrams
1942 Destination Unknown as Victor, Elena's Aide
1942 The Big Street as Horsethief
1942 Sunday Punch as Roscoe
1942 Grand Central Murder as Inspector Gunther
1942 Sing Your Worries Away as Smiley Clark
1941 Shadow of the Thin Man as Lieutenant Abrams
1941 Married Bachelor as Cookie Farrar
1939 Golden Boy as Siggie
1938 The Mad Miss Manton as Lieutenant Brent
1938 The Shopworn Angel as 'Leer'
1938 Yellow Jack as Busch
1936 After the Thin Man as Lt. Abrams
1936 Three Men on a Horse as Patsy
1929 The Talk of Hollywood as Film Buyer

Production

1983 As You Like It Producer

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