Shawn Levy

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Shawn Levy
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Levy at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Shawn Adam Levy [1]

(1968-07-23) July 23, 1968 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationFilm director, producer, actor
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Serena Levy

Shawn Adam Levy (born July 23, 1968) [2] is a Canadian film director, producer, and actor. His directing credits include Big Fat Liar , Cheaper by the Dozen , the Night at the Museum series, and Stranger Things .


Levy was a producer on the 2016 sci-fi film Arrival , which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Since 2016, Levy has been an executive producer on the Netflix original series Stranger Things. He has directed two episodes in each of the show's three seasons. [3]

Early life and education

Levy in Moscow in 2011. Shawn Levy in Moscow, October 2011.jpg
Levy in Moscow in 2011.

Levy was born to a Jewish family [4] in Montreal, [5] Quebec. As a teenager, he attended St. George's High School and Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York.[ citation needed ] Levy graduated from Yale University in 1989 majoring in Performing Arts. He received a MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1994. [6]


Levy's acting debut was in Zombie Nightmare (1986), a low-budget horror film in which he portrayed the character Jim Bratten, the leader of a group of teenagers. The film is best known for being featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 . He appeared in the 1988 Liberace: Behind the Music , as a post-Scott Thorson acquaintance of Liberace. His television acting resume consists of a guest spot on 21 Jump Street , a recurring role on Beverly Hills, 90210 , and a role on 30 Rock as TV producer Scottie Shofar.

Levy has a production deal with 20th Century Fox. He produced the 2012 Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill comedy The Watch , which was directed by Akiva Schaffer. His production company 21 Laps produces the ABC/Fox comedy series Last Man Standing and the science fiction Netflix series Stranger Things . [7]

Levy was initially announced as the director of the film version of Minecraft , [8] but has since left the project. [9] He was announced to be directing the film adaptation of the Uncharted video game series, following David O. Russell and Neil Burger. [10] Joe Carnahan worked with Levy to produce the script for the film, [11] but Levy left the project on December 19, 2018. [12] Levy is attached to produce a film based on the long-running children's series Sesame Street , which will be the show's third motion picture following Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland , and its first in over two decades. [13] [14]

In December 2017, Netflix announced a 4-year contract with Levy. Due to the successful seasons of Stranger Things , he will create TV projects exclusively for the streaming entertainment company. [15]

In March 2018, it was announced that Levy will produce the film adaptation of the slasher novel There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins under his 21 Laps Entertainment label, alongside James Wan's Atomic Monster studio for Netflix. [16] [17]

Alongside Eric Heisserer, Levy executive produces the 2021 Netflix series Shadow and Bone , an adaptation of the fantasy book series The Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows Duology , under Netflix's deal with Levy's 21 Laps. [18]

In July 2020, it was announced that Levy would direct The Adam Project for Netflix, with the film set to star Ryan Reynolds in the lead role. [19]

Personal life

Levy is married to Serena, with whom he has four daughters. [20]



1997Address UnknownYesNo
Just in Time YesNo
2002 Big Fat Liar YesNo
2003 Just Married YesNo
Cheaper by the Dozen YesNo
2006 The Pink Panther YesNo
Night at the Museum YesYes
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian YesYes
2010 Date Night YesYes
2011 Real Steel YesYes
2013 The Internship YesYes
2014 This Is Where I Leave You YesYes
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb YesYes
2021 Free Guy YesYes
2022 The Adam Project YesYes

Producer only

2001 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus John Shepphird
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Adam Shankman
2008 What Happens in Vegas Tom Vaughan
The Rocker Peter Cattaneo
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Harald Zwart Executive producer
2012 The Watch Akiva Schaffer
2013 The Spectacular Now James Ponsoldt
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,
No Good, Very Bad Day
Miguel Arteta
2016 Arrival Denis Villeneuve Nominated- Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated- AACTA International Award for Best Film
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Film
Why Him? John Hamburg
2017 Fist Fight Richie Keen
Table 19 Jeffrey Blitz
2018 The Darkest Minds Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Kin Jonathan Baker
Josh Baker
2020 The Violent Heart Kerem Sanga
Love and Monsters Michael Matthews
2021 [21] There's Someone Inside Your House [22] Patrick Brice Post-production [23]
TBAUntitled third Sesame Street film [24] [25] [26] Jonathan Krisel
Crater Kyle Patrick Alvarez Post-production

Acting roles

1986 Zombie Nightmare Jim Bratten
1987 Wild Thing Paul
1988 Liberace: Behind the Music Glenn
The Kiss Terry O'Connell
1991 Our Shining Moment J.J.
1993 Made in America Dwayne
1997Address UnknownCameo
Just in Time Photographer
2002 Big Fat Liar Wolf Party Guest
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Press/Room Reporter
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Hospital Intern
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Guy in Commercial
2013 The Internship Guy in Nap Pod


1996–1998 The Secret World of Alex Mack YesNo6 episodes
1997–1998 The Journey of Allen Strange YesNo3 episodes
1998–1999 Lassie YesNo4 episodes
1998 First Wave YesNoEpisode "Marker 262"
1998–1999 Animorphs YesNo5 episodes
1998–2003 The Famous Jett Jackson YesNo47 episodes
1999 So Weird YesNo
2000 In a Heartbeat YesNo2 episodes
2001 Jett Jackson: The Movie YesYesTV movie
2002 Do Over YesNoEpisode "The Block Party"
Birds of Prey YesNoEpisode "Nature of the Beast"
2006 Pepper Dennis YesYesEpisode "Pilot"
2011–2016 Last Man Standing NoYes79 episodes
2014 Cristela NoYesEpisode "Pilot"
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt YesNoEpisode "Kimmy Drives a Car!"
2016–present Stranger Things YesYesDirected episodes "Holly, Jolly", "The Body", "The Pollywog", "Will the Wise",
"The Case of the Missing Lifeguard" and "The Sauna Test"
2017 Imaginary Mary YesNoEpisodes "Pilot" and "The Mom Seal"
2020 I Am Not Okay with This NoYes
Dash & Lily NoYes
2021 Shadow and Bone NoYes

Acting roles

1989 China Beach Lieutenant"Dear China Beach"
1989–1990 Tour of Duty SP4 Budd Sills2 episodes
1990 21 Jump Street Lance"Awomp-Bomp-Aloobomb, Aloop Bamboom"
Lifestories Luke Conforti"Art Conforti"
1993 Beverly Hills, 90210 Howard Banchek2 episodes
Step by Step Daniel"Way Off-Broadway"
2000 The Famous Jett Jackson Producer3 episodes
2009 30 Rock Scottie Shofar"The Problem Solvers"
2016 Stranger Things Morgue Worker"Chapter Four: The Body"

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