Sam Levene
Biographical Information
Born August 28th, 1905
Died December 28th, 1980
New York City, New York, United States
Productions Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit (original Broadway cast)
Let it Ride as Patsy (original Broadway cast)
Cafe Crown as Hymie
Recordings Guys and Dolls (original cast recording)
Let it Ride (original cast recording)
Vocal Type Tenor

Sam Levene was a Russian born American actor.


Born Scholem Lewin in Russia, Levene moved to America and made his stage debut in 1927, before gaining success in the stage play Three Men On a Horse, the film adaptation of which was his screen debut. He appeared in a number of film roles, frequently film noir classics, such as The Killers and comedies, e.g. After the Thin Man.

Though Levene was a successful film star, it was as a stage performer that he remained best known, becoming nominated for the 1961 Tony for Best Actor for his role in The Devil's Advocate, and appearing in thirty seven shows on Broadway.

Levene passed away in 1980.


Though not a natural singer, Levene still gave a number of singing performances during his time on stage. Most notably he originated the role of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, a part specifically written to fit his range.

He later performed in two more musicals, playing the role of Patsy in the original production of Let it Ride (a musical adaptation of his earlier success Three Men On a Horse), as well as the musical version of Cafe Crown.


Guys and Dolls (1950)(originated the role)Edit

  • The Oldest Established (contains solo lines)
  • Sue Me (duet)
  • Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat

Let it Ride (1961)Edit

  • Let it Ride (contains solo lines)
  • I'll Learn Ya (duet)
  • If Flutterby Wins (contains solo lines)

Cafe Crown (1964)Edit

  • What's the Matter With Buffalo? (contains solo lines)
  • So Long As It Isn't Shakespare (duet)
  • That's the Life for Me (contains solo lines)
  • Magical Things in Life (contains solo lines)
  • That's the Life for Me (reprise)(contains solo lines)

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