Cuban-American actor and former model William Levy was born on August 29, 1980. Having begun his career as a model, he soon graduated to television, starring in several popular Spanish-language shows that propelled him to fame. He then went on to star in several popular Spanish movies and was even named the sexiest man alive by “People en Espanol” magazine. He became an international sensation when he appeared in “Dancing With the Stars” and then followed up with English-language movies. Celebrate the birthday of this Latino star right here with some trivia and insights from his life.
Popular Cuban-American actor William Levy has become an international sensation with his foray into English-language cinema. Born William Gutierrez Levy on August 29, 1980, in Cojim, Cuba, he traces Jewish ancestry on his mother’s side. He was raised by a single mother, Barbara, and took his last name, Levy, from her. He has two siblings, a brother Jonathan, and a sister Barbara. When Levy was 14, he and his family migrated to the U.S., living in Miami, Florida. There, he attended the Barbara Goleman Senior High School and after completing high school, enrolled at St. Thomas University on a baseball scholarship, studying business administration. He dropped out of university after two years to pursue modeling and moved to Los Angeles.
Levy began his career as a model while he was studying, working for Next Models agency. In 2002, he made his television debut by starring in two reality television shows in Spanish — “Isla de Tentacion” (“Island of Temptation”) and “Protagonistas de Novela.” In 2005, he acted in a play in Puerto Rico at the Centro de Bellas Artes — “La Nena Tiene Tumbao.” He then appeared on the Spanish television shows “Mi Vida Eres Ru” and “Olvidarte Jamas” (“Always on my Mind”) in small roles. In 2007, he made his debut in Mexican telenovelas with “Pasion.” The following year, he was cast in the lead role in yet another Mexican telenovela — “Cuidado con el Angel” — which established him as a rising star. 2009 saw him appear in yet another popular television show — “Sortilegio” — whose finale episode drew 6.6 million views. Later that year, he also provided voiceover in the Spanish version of the movie “Planet 51,” which went on to win the best animated Spanish-language film at the Goya Awards. That same year, he began touring with the cast of the play “Un Amante a la Medida” across the U.S. In 2010, he starred in another Mexican telenovela — “Triunfo del Amor.”
In 2011, he appeared on the cover of “People en Espanol” for their special edition on sexiest men of the year in 2010. In 2012, he ventured into American television, appearing in two episodes of the VH1 series “Single Ladies.” Later that year, he was announced as one of the celebrity participants in Season 14 of the dance competition television reality show “Dancing with the Stars” with Cheryl Burke as his partner. He finished third on the show. He returned to Mexican television in 2013 with the show “La Tempestad.” The following year, he co-starred in the Tyler Perry movie “The Single Moms Club,” which was a moderate success. Then in 2017, he was cast in the lead role in the American post-apocalyptic movie “The Veil.” In 2018, he appeared in the role of Mateo Ferrera in the third season of the Lee Daniels series “Star”. In 2019, he decided to venture into film production, producing and acting in the Spanish movie “En Brazos De Un Asesino” “(In the Arms of a Murderer”), which was a hit. That same year, he also opened a restaurant in Miami called Level 29, which serves Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine. In 2021, he made his Hallmark movie debut by appearing in the movie “South Beach Love.”
Levy’s looks and popularity have also led him to several endorsement deals, including one with Pepsi Next. Levy is also known for his philanthropy. In association with the N.G.O. Un Kilo de Ayuda, he has sponsored the education and upbringing of 36 underprivileged children. He also contributes his time to other charitable causes associated with cancer, autism, and differently-abled children. His personal life has also been the subject of much interest to his fans. He has been in a long-term on and off relationship with actress Elizabeth Gutierrez, with whom he shares two children. He is close to his family and divides time between Miami, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Havana for work and to be with his children.
Appearing in two Spanish-language reality shows, Levy makes the transition from modeling to acting.
Levy makes his debut in Mexican telenovelas with a role in the series “Pasion.”
The finale episode of Levy’s show “Sortilegio” draws 6.6 million viewers across Mexico and the U.S.
“People en Espanol” names Levy among the 50 hottest men and he graces the cover of their magazine.
Levy is a contestant on Season 14 of the show, finishing third with his partner Cheryl Burke.
Levy is cast in his first lead role in a full-length American movie, the American post-apocalyptic movie “The Veil.”
Making his foray into film production, Levy produces and acts in the Spanish movie “En Brazos De Un Asesino.”
Cast opposite Taylor Cole, Levy makes his first appearance in a Hallmark movie.
Why We Love William Levy
He is a doting family man
Levy is a doting father to his two children. No matter how busy he is, he always makes time for his children, spending time with them and attending their important days.
He is devoted to doing good for society
Levy has been associated with several charitable causes which have added to his popularity. From contributing to the upbringing of underprivileged children to participating in telethons for cancer and autism and even building houses for the homeless, he gives his time and money to causes.
He acknowledges those who made his rise to fame possible
That Levy is an international phenomenon is no surprise but several people contributed to his fame. Levy acknowledges the efforts of his staff and other people who make him so famous by sharing gratitude posts on his social media pages.
5 Surprising Facts
He worked as a bricklayer once
Before he became famous as a model and actor, Levy did many odd jobs and was even a bricklayer at one time.
He was in a Jennifer Lopez video
Levy was in the music video for Lopez’s hit 2011 song ‘I’m Into You.’
He converted to Catholicism
Born Jewish but raised in a non-religious family, in 2009, Levy converted to Catholicism in Mexico.
He had a different profession in mind
Levy’s first choice of career was to be a professional baseball player since he was good at the sport.
His favorite travel destination is Tokyo
Levy, who often travels for work, has revealed his favorite destination to be Tokyo.
William Levy FAQs
Who is William Levy’s wife?
Levy is not married but was in a long-term relationship with Elizabeth Gutierrez.
Where does William Levy live now?
Levy divides his time between Miami, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Havana.
How many Hallmark movies has William Levy been in?
As of 2022, Levy has starred in one Hallmark movie, “South Beach Love.”
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