Oscar Levant

Comedian + Composer + Pianist and Actor
Born Dec 27, 1906

Oscar Levant was an American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor. He was as famous for his mordant character and witticisms, on the radio and in movies and television, as for his music.

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1906 Birth Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, in 1906, to an Orthodox Jewish family from Russia, Levant moved to New York in 1922, following the death of his father, Max. … Read More


1924 17 Years Old In 1924, aged 18, he appeared with Ben Bernie in a short film, Ben Bernie and All the Lads, made in New York City in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film system.


1928 21 Years Old In 1928, Levant traveled to Hollywood, where his career took a turn for the better. … Read More
1929 22 Years Old From 1929 to 1948 he composed the music for more than twenty movies. … Read More
1932 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Around 1932, Levant began composing seriously. … Read More


1939 32 Years Old In 1939, Levant married for the second time, to singer and actress June Gale (née Doris Gilmartin), one of the Gale Sisters.


1958 51 Years Old Between 1958 and 1960, Levant hosted a television talk show on KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, The Oscar Levant Show, which later became syndicated. … Read More


1972 65 Years Old 1 More Event
A lifelong heavy smoker, Levant died in Beverly Hills, California, of a heart attack in 1972 at age 65. … Read More
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