Daniel Levy was born on August 9, 1983 in Toronto, Canada. Daniel was always surrounded by movie personalities as his father was a very famous comedian in Canada. Many actors and directors used to visit his father, Eugene which gave Daniel a chance to peek in the entertainment world.
His father is been considered to be one of the biggest comedians in the world. He is most known for his character as Noah Levenstein in the cult classic, American Pie. Even though most people recognize Eugene from his role in American Pie, he actually gained most of his experience on a Canadian sketch show called Second City Television. It was very popular among fans of comedy, a lot of people compare it to Saturday Night Live and Monty Python.
Early in Daniel Levy’s career, there was speculation about his sexuality. He avoided labeling his sexuality because he didn’t feel it was anyone’s business. In a 2015 interview with a publication called Flare, he was officially labeled as a member of the queer community. He confirmed that he was gay in a 2017 interview and claimed that he was out of the closet with his friends and family since he was 19 years old. He said that he was never ashamed of his sexuality but just never shared it publicly because he felt it wasn’t a big deal.
Career and Net Worth
Daniel started to develop a taste for acting because of the success of his father. He started to perform in small shows to practice his craft. Daniel has been really fortunate to have an accomplished actor like his father. Daniel got his first acting lessons from his father. He used to observe him while he shot his scenes. He studied how his father would get into character. His father was a very good person to learn from him because his actor was able to equally perform in serious roles as well as comedic roles. One of his father’s biggest strengths is the ability to deliver funny lines with a deadpan and serious face. His father also motivated him enough for him to be serious about acting.
Although his father taught him a lot Daniel decided to formally learn the trade by going to acting school. He started to act in small advertisements and had some small roles in feature films as well but he wanted to do bigger roles.
Big Break with MTV
After a few years of misery, bigger roles soon started to come to Daniel. Daniel got his big break when he became the co-host of MTV Canada's program The After Show with Jessi Cruickshank. The show allowed Daniel to create a name for himself and step away from the shadow of his famous father.
In 2008, Daniel continued his rise when he was asked to be a guest judge on Canada's Next Top Model. After doing various hosting work, Daniel shifted into acting. In 2011, he landed a role for four episodes in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Degrassi is known for being a popular teenage soap opera drama. It was a famous show in Canada and it became even bigger when popular music artist Drake was a part of the show. On the show, Daniel played the role of a film producer.
His work on the show led to roles in American films. He had a role in the 2012 thriller Offline. He also appeared in the 2013 film Admission which starred big actors like Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
Father and Son Team
Daniel started to get interested in production after building up years of experience as an actor and TV personality. In 2013, Daniel formed Not a Real Company Productions with his father Eugene. The first show they produced was for a Canadian network called CBC. The show was called Schitt's Creek. On the show, Daniel acts with his father and also his sister, Catherine O'Hara. Daniel was very happy to be working with his family on the show. The show explored pansexuality which Daniel made a comment about “I think in certain parts of America, David’s sexual ambiguity was a big question mark. (But) it was issues like that that I find quite exciting.”
Last Modified: Apr 11, 2020