|Who is it?||Actor|
|Birth Day||August 28, 1905|
|Birth Place||Russia, American|
|Age||115 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||December 28, 1980(1980-12-28) (aged 75)\nNew York City, New York, U.S.|
|Resting place||Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, Queens|
|Spouse(s)||Constance Kane (1953-?) (divorced) (1 child)|
Levene also starred in the Broadway productions Dinner at Eight (1932), Room Service (1937), Light Up the Sky (1948), Heartbreak House (1959), The Impossible Years (1965), and Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys (1972), among many others. Although not known as a singer, he can be heard in the role of Nathan Detroit on the original cast recording of the musical Guys and Dolls, in which he appeared on Broadway. His solo number, "Sue Me," was written in one octave to compensate for his lack of vocal range. He lost the role to Frank Sinatra in the film version. Levene was nominated for the 1961 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for The Devil's Advocate (1961). Levene never got a Tony award; by the time the Tony's were established in 1947, Levene had already appeared in 16 original Broadway shows, including his roles in the original Broadway productions of Room Service, Three Men On A Horse, Dinner At Eight and Margin For Error. 43 years after making his Broadway debut, Levene made his Off-Broadway debut, starring in Irv Bauer's A Dream Out Of Time at the Promenande Theatre, his only Off-Broadway appearance.
In the mid-'30s, Levene moved to Hollywood to re-create his stage role in the film Three Men on a Horse (1936). This was followed by roles as police lieutenants in After the Thin Man (1936), The Mad Miss Manton (1938) and Shadow of the Thin Man (1941). He played a small but vital role in the 1939 film classic Golden Boy as william Holden's taxi-driving brother-in-law "Siggie", a Doolittle Flyer and Japanese POW in The Purple Heart (1944), and many film noir classics, such as The Killers (1946), Brute Force (1947) and Crossfire (1947). Levene made 49 films total during his Hollywood career. His final film role was in the courtroom drama ...And Justice for All (1979).
In December 1980, he died of a heart attack in New York City.
In 1984, Levene was posthumously inducted in the Theatre Hall of Fame; his son, Joseph K. Levene, accepted the award stating "if my Dad were here today; he would want to know one thing: why did it take you guys such a long time to give me this award?"