Eugene Levy was born in Canada in 1946. He was one of the original members of Second City TV (SCTV), which started in 1976, the year after Saturday Night Live started, and many people (myself included) think SCTV was the superior show! Set in the mythical town of Melonville, SCTV showed a struggling TV station, its owner and its employees. Levy played news broadcaster Earl Camembert and terrible Las Vegas lounge comic Bobby Bittman. If you have never seen these shows, I urge you to seek them out! He stayed with SCTV from 1976 to 1984, and afterwards he had limited success in movie and TV roles, but his amazing talent could not be contained for too long. In 1996 he co-wrote Waiting for Guffman with Christopher Guest, and they followed this with Best in Show in 2000, A Mighty Wind in 2003, and For Your Consideration in 2006. I consider A Mighty Wind to be Levy's very finest work. Not only is he sensational acting as Mitch Cohen (burned out ex-fold singer formerly of Mitch and Mickey), but he reveals he has a marvelous singing voice, and he wrote his own songs! He is likely best known for his role in the American Pie movies, as "Jim's dad", the MOST understanding 2000's father (and to my mind just as iconic as the 1950s TV dads), and he played that role in all 7 of the American Pie movies. As of 2021, Eugene is still alive at the age of 75!
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