Eugene Levy is a Canadian actor and comedian who has won multiple awards for his roles in films and TV shows such as American Pie, Best in Show, and Schitt’s Creek. But did you know that he has a brother who is also a producer and a co-creator of Schitt’s Creek? His name is Fred Levy, and he is the elder brother of Eugene Levy. In this article, we will explore the relationship between the Levy brothers and their contributions to the entertainment industry.
The Levy Family Background
Eugene and Fred Levy were born to a Jewish family in Hamilton, Ontario. Their mother, Rebecca (Kudlatz), was a homemaker, and their father, Joseph Levy, was a foreman at an automobile plant. They have a sister, Barbara, who is also involved in the film industry as a production manager. Their mother was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Polish Jewish parents, later moving to Canada. Their father was Sephardi Jewish, with ancestors from Spain and Bulgaria.
The Levy brothers attended Westdale Secondary School, where Eugene was student council president. They both went on to study at McMaster University, where they met filmmaker Ivan Reitman. Eugene was vice-president of the McMaster Film Board, a student film group that launched his career in comedy.
The Levy Brothers’ Careers
Eugene Levy started his career as a writer and actor in the Canadian television sketch series SCTV (1976–1984), earning two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. He also appeared in films such as National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Splash (1984), and Multiplicity (1996). He became known for co-writing and appearing in a series of mockumentary films with Christopher Guest, such as Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), and For Your Consideration (2006). He also starred in the American Pie series of films as Noah Levenstein, the father of Jason Biggs’ character.
Fred Levy is also a producer and a co-creator of Schitt’s Creek, a comedy series that he co-executive produces with his brother Eugene and his nephew Dan Levy. The show stars Eugene as Johnny Rose, a wealthy video store magnate who loses his fortune and moves to a small town with his family. Dan plays his son David, a spoiled socialite who struggles to adapt to his new life. The show also features Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, and Chris Elliott. The show has won multiple awards, including nine Canadian Screen Awards and seven Primetime Emmy Awards. It is also the first comedy series to win all four major acting categories at the Emmys.
The Levy Brothers’ Relationship
According to SuperbHub, Fred Levy and Eugene Levy share a close relationship as brothers and collaborators. They have worked together on several projects, such as Schitt’s Creek and Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell (2020), a documentary that follows the making of the final season of the show. Fred is also the uncle of Eugene’s children, Dan and Sarah Levy, who are both actors and writers. Fred is married, but there is not much information available about his wife or children.
The Levy brothers are both successful and respected figures in the film industry who have made their mark with their unique style of comedy. They are also proud members of the Order of Canada, the highest honor for civilians in the country. They have shown that they are not only related by blood, but also by talent and passion.