Shawn Levy biography
American Shawn Levy originally had his heart set on acting and studied the
craft at Yale University. After graduating at the age of 20, he moved to
Los Angeles to make his fortune.
Landing small roles on series like 21 Jump
Street, thirtysomething, Beverly Hills 90210 as well as in films
such as Wild Thing (1987) and Made in America (1993), Levy
found his acting experience becoming less interesting, and the director's
chair was beckoning.
Leaving the world of acting behind, Levy went back to school to learn the
craft of directing.
While enrolled in the Masters Program at USC Film
School, he produced and directed the short, Broken Record (which was awarded
the Golden Plaque award at the Chicago Film Festival).
Beginning his directing career on the small screen, Levy made waves early
on, earning a nomination from the Director's Guild Awards for his work on
the series, The Secret World of Alex Mack. Other projects landed on
his doorstep, including directing episodes of The Journey of Allen
Strange, Cousin Skeeter, Animorphs and First Wave.
He went on to direct television pilots for So Weird, Caitlin's
Way, and The Famous Jett Jackson. The latter earned him a
regular gig as a director, writer, and even gave him the opportunity to
Throughout his years of television directing, Levy also worked on a number
of feature films, including Just In Time (1997), and Big Fat
Liar (2002). By 2003, he concentrated his efforts towards directing for the big screen, with films like Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) and The Pink Panther(2005), both starring Steve Martin.
Shawn Levy Filmography
Made in America (1993)
The Kiss (1988)
Wild Thing (1987)
Zombie Nightmare (1986)