Bestselling Author (Paul Newman: A Life, Rat Pack Confidential), Film Critic, Educator
Shawn Levy has written eight books, including the bestsellers “Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Showbiz Party” and “Paul Newman: A Life”, and the cultural histories “Ready, Steady, Go: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London” and “Dolce Vita Confidential: Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi and the Swinging High Life of 1950’s Rome.”
He spent 30 years writing about movies for The Oregonian, KGW-TV, and American Film and Boxoffice magazines, as well as many other publications and outlets. He has written about film, pop culture, books and sports for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian of London, the Independent of London, the San Francisco Chronicle, Movieline, Film Comment, Sight and Sound, Premiere, the Village Voice, and the Hollywood Reporter.
Other books by Levy include “De Niro: a Life”, “King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis” and “The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa.”
He is currently at work on a history of Chateau Marmont, the famed Hollywood hotel.
A native of New York City, he was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine. He has three children and lives in southwest Portland. He is a board member of Operation Pitch Invasion, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to filling recreation deserts in and around Portland with new and restored soccer fields and futsal courts.