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Sam Levene

Highest Rated:   100% The Killers (1946)
Lowest Rated:   0% A Farewell To Arms (1957)
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Adept at playing sardonic, side-of-the-mouth urban types, Sam Levene appeared 37 Broadway shows over a 54-year career, playing many notable roles, including Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (1950), Max Kane in Dinner at Eight (1932), Patsy in Three Men on a Horse (1935), Gordon Miller in Room Service (1937), Sidney Black in Light Up the Sky (1948), Horace Vandergelder in The Matchmaker (1954), and Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys (1972). Sam Levene's first Broadway show was in 1927 and for 54 years he had a consistent presence on the Broadway stage, his last in 1980. At 29 (though looking far older and worldlier), Levene was brought to Hollywood to re-create his stage role as a superstitious gambler in Three Men on a Horse (1936). Not long afterward, he made the first of two appearances as New York police lieutenant Abrams in MGM's Thin Man series. Since Levene always seemed to have just stepped out of a Damon Runyon story, it was only natural that he create the part of crapshooter deluxe Nathan Detroit in the 1950 Broadway production Guys and Dolls; his endearingly off-key renditions of the Frank Loesser tunes "Oldest Established" and "Sue Me" can still be heard on the original cast album. When he wasn't essaying dese-dem-and-dose roles, Levene was frequently cast as a soft-spoken, philosophical Jew in such films as Action in the North Atlantic (1943) and Crossfire (1947). Though he made 50 films in his 43-year Hollywood career, Sam Levene was always happiest in front of a live audience: some of his last Broadway appearances were in the original production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys in 1973, in The Royal Family in 1975 and in Horowitz and Mrs. Washington in 1980.

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
82% ...And Justice for All
  • Arnie
1979
29% Last Embrace
  • Sam Urdell
1979
36% The Champ
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Royal Family
  • Actor
1977
73% God Told Me To
  • Everett Lukas
1976
No Score Yet Atlantic City Jackpot
  • Lou
1975
No Score Yet Such Good Friends
  • Uncle Eddie
1971
No Score Yet A Dream of Kings
  • Cicero
1969
No Score Yet Act One
  • Richard Maxwell
1963
No Score Yet The World of Sholom Aleichem
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet Kathy O'
  • Ben Melnick
1958
0% A Farewell To Arms
  • Swiss Sergeant
1957
98% Sweet Smell of Success
  • D'Angelo
1957
82% Designing Woman
  • Ned Hammerstein
1957
No Score Yet Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • Howard Rysdale
1957
20% The Opposite Sex
  • Mike Pearl
1956
No Score Yet 3 Sailors And A Girl
  • Joe Woods
1953
No Score Yet Dial 1119 (The Violent Hour)
  • Dr. John D. Faron
1950
No Score Yet Guilty Bystander
  • Capt. Tonetti
1950
No Score Yet With These Hands
  • Alexander Brody
1950
No Score Yet Babe Ruth Story
  • Phil Conrad
1948
No Score Yet Leather Gloves
  • Bernie
1948
No Score Yet Killer McCoy
  • Happy
1947
78% Boomerang!
  • Woods
1947
No Score Yet A Likely Story
  • Louie
1947
91% Brute Force
  • Louis
1947
82% Crossfire
  • Joseph Samuels
1947
100% The Killers
  • Lt. Sam Lubinsky
1946
No Score Yet The Purple Heart
  • Lt. Wayne Greenbaum
1944
No Score Yet Gung Ho!
  • Transport
1943
No Score Yet Whistling in Brooklyn
  • Creeper
1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic
  • Abrams
1943
No Score Yet I Dood It
  • Ed Jackson
1943
No Score Yet The Big Street
  • Horsethief
1942
No Score Yet Sunday Punch
  • Roscoe
1942
No Score Yet Grand Central Murder
  • Inspector Gunther
1942
No Score Yet Sing Your Worries Away
  • Smiley Clark
1942
83% Shadow of the Thin Man
  • Lt. Abrams
1941
No Score Yet Married Bachelor
  • Cookie Farrar
1941
No Score Yet Golden Boy
  • Siggie
1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton
  • Lieutenant Brent
1938
No Score Yet Yellow Jack
  • Busch
1938
No Score Yet Shopworn Angel
  • Guy With Leer
1938
100% After the Thin Man
  • Lt. Abrams
1936
No Score Yet Three Men on a Horse
  • Patsy
1936
No Score Yet The Talk of Hollywood
  • Actor
1929

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