Sam Levinson

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Sam Levinson
Sam Levinson speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Levinson at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Samuel Levinson

(1985-01-08) January 8, 1985 (age 34)
  • Actor
  • writer
  • director
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Ashley Lent Levinson
Parent(s)Diana Rhodes
Barry Levinson

Samuel Levinson (born January 8, 1985) is an American actor, screenwriter, and director.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Levinson is the son of Diana Rhodes and writer/director/actor Barry Levinson, he is of Jewish descent.[2]

Levinson said he studied Method acting for four years.[3]


Levinson made his film debut as an actor in the 1992 film Toys, along with his brother Jack, he later appeared in such films as Bandits and What Just Happened? as Carl. In 2009, he co-starred as Peter Thompson in Stoic.

In 2011, Levinson won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival[4] for his directorial debut film, Another Happy Day, which starred Ellen Barkin;[2][5] the film

Levinson co-wrote the 2017 TV movie The Wizard of Lies with his father, Barry Levinson; the movie is about Bernie Madoff, who is played by Robert De Niro.[6]

In 2018, Levinson wrote and directed the film, Assassination Nation;[7] the film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.[8]

In the June 2019, Levinson's HBO television series, Euphoria, based on the Israeli series of the same name,[9] aired;[10] the film was notable for its depiction of its raw and graphic portrayal of teenagers wrestling with drug addiction and sexuality.[3]

Personal life[edit]

From 2008 to 2011, Levinson dated the actress Ellen Barkin.[11]

Levinson is married to Ashley Lent Levinson, they have a son.[3]

Levinson has discussed his struggles with drugs as a teenager and young adult.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Toys War Room Player Actor
2001 Bandits Billy Saunders Actor
2008 What Just Happened Carl Actor
2009 Stoic Peter Thompson Actor
2010 Operation: Endgame Screenplay
2010 Another Happy Day Writer, Director
2017 The Wizard of Lies Screenplay, co-written with Barry Levinson
2018 Assassination Nation Writer, Director
2019 Euphoria Creator/Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer, Director
Upcoming Deep Water Screenplay


  1. ^ Brennan, Matt (30 June 2019). "'Euphoria' creator Sam Levinson isn't interested in following the rules". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ a b Sragow, Michael (31 January 2011). "Like father, like son: Sam Levinson wins at Sundance". The Baltimore Sun.
  3. ^ a b c Sandberg, Bryn Elise (16 June 2019). "'Euphoria' Creator on Boundary-Pushing HBO Drama: "We Didn't Want to Pull Any Punches"". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ "Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers: "Another Happy Day" Director Sam Levinson". IndieWire. 14 January 2011.
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen (17 November 2011). "Sam Levinson's 'Another Happy Day' - Review". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (9 May 2017). "'The Wizard of Lies': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ Crump, Andy (22 September 2018). "How 'Assassination Nation' Exploits Privacy Fears". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ Felperin, Leslie (9 February 2018). "Sundance 2018; 'Assassination Nation': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ Roxborough, Scott (13 March 2018). "HBO Puts in Pilot Order for 'Euphoria,' Based on Israeli Format". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ Goodman, Tim (5 June 2019). "'Euphoria': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ Dyball, Rennie (2 June 2011). "Ellen Barkin Is Dating Sam Levinson". People.
  12. ^ Chuba, Kirsten (5 June 2019). "'Euphoria' Creator on Authentic Trans Portrayals, Mining "Deeply Personal" History to Tackle Teen Drug Abuse". The Hollywood Reporter.

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