Fast Facts

  • After college, was for a period of time the roommate of George Jung, the would-be drug smuggler who was the basis for the movie Blow (2001).
  • Began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic, which led to an Emmy-winning stint as a performer and writer on The Carol Burnett Show.
  • Cowrote and appeared in the Mel Brooks comedies Silent Movie (1976) and High Anxiety (1977).
  • Made his directorial debut in 1982 with the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale Diner.
  • Executive-produced the gritty TV crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street, and also directed the pilot episode.
  • Several of his movies are set in his hometown of Baltimore, including Diner, Tin Men, Avalon and Liberty Heights.
  • Is a minority owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.

Awards

  • 1979, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Writing in Variety or Music: Winner
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Children's Program: Winner
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1988, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Winner
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
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  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Nominee
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee

Relationships

  • Vi Levinson — Mother
  • Diana Levinson — Wife
  • Patrick — Stepson
  • Michelle Levinson — Stepdaughter
  • Irvin Levinson — Father
  • Sam Levinson — Son
  • Valerie Curtin — Ex-wife
  • Jack Levinson — Son

College

  • Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, MD; attended American University, Washington, DC

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  • Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
  • Birthday: April 6, 1942, Aries
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
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