William Levy’s Biography

William Levy (born William Levy Gutiérrez on August 29, 1980) is a Cuban actor and former model.

 

Early life and education

Levy was born in Cojimar, Cuba, and is the oldest of four siblings. He is of Jewish ancestry on his paternal grandfather’s side. Levy migrated to Miami, Florida, when he was 14. He attended high school, after which he studied business administration on a baseball scholarship. He subsequently went to Los Angeles to study acting and continued his acting studies in Miami and Mexico City (CEA, Televisa).

Career

Levy worked as a model for the agency Next Models and was featured later in two reality shows broadcast by Telemundo: Isla de la Tentaciónand Protagonistas de Novela 2.In 2005 he performed at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan Puerto Rico, starring in the play La Nena Tiene Tumbao.

His first debut on the Spanish language channel Univision was in the Venevision International production of Olvidarte Jamas. He later appeared in Mi Vida Eres Tu and Acorralada.

In 2008, he appeared in his first film Retazos de Vida directed by Viviana Cordero.

He was invited by television producer Carla Estrada to star in Pasión, his breakthrough in Mexican soap operas. His performance was so well received that Televisa later cast him as the lead in Cuidado con el Angel with actress and ex-RBD singer Maite Perroni.The show was first broadcast in Mexico in June 2008 and began airing in the United States in September 2008 on Univision. It averaged 45.7 million viewers per evening.

Levy finished filming Sortilegio with actress Jackqueline Bracamontes on October 9, 2009.Sortilegio aired on Univision, and the finale drew 6.6 million viewers, beating ABC and CBS.

In November 2009, the actor lent his voice to the animated movie Planet 51 in its Spanish version. The movie opened on November 27 in Mexico and won an award for best animated Spanish-language film of 2009 (Premios Goya). From November 2009 to February 2010, Levy toured several Mexican cities with the play Un Amante a la Medida,which later toured in the United States in June 2010.

Levy is currently shooting the Mexican telenovela Truinfo del Amor, a remake of the Venezuelan classic Cristal, in which he once again shares credits withMaite Perroni. The telenovela aired on October, 25, 2010 in El Canal de las Estrellas.Pedro Torres, executive producer of Mujeres Asesinas, confirmed Levy’s role in the third season of the popular Mexican series.

Levy stars asJennifer Lopez’s love interest in her music video I’m into you, from her albumLove?. It aired on the NBC Today Show on May 2, 2011.

Levy and Maite Perroni will co-host the 25th Hispanic Heritage Awards gala on September 15, 2011, at the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Personal life

In 2003, he began a relationship with Mexican-American actress Elizabeth Gutierrez. The two met during their participation on Protagonistas de Novela 2. In 2006, they had a son, Christopher Alexander. On March 6, 2010, Gutierrez gave birth to a daughter, Kailey Alexandra. In press releases issued in May 2011, Levy and Gutierrez announced they had ended their 8-year relationship.

On July 11, 2009, Levy converted to Catholicism.

On August 17, 2010, a female minor filed a lawsuit against Levy in Los Angeles alleging that Levy had sexually abused her.Levy has denied the allegations and countersued for $10 million alleging extortion and defamation.
Telenovelas

2005: Mi vida eres Tu as Federico (supporting role)
2006: Olvidarte Jamas as German (supporting role)
2007: Acorralada as Larry (supporting role)>
2007–2008: Pasion as Vasco (supporting role)
2008–2009: Cuidado con el Angel as Juan Miguel San Roman (lead role)
2009: Sortilegio as Alejandro Lombardo (lead role)
2010-2011: Triunfo del Amor as Max Sandoval (lead role)

Series

2010: Mujeres Asesinas as Conde Fonsi (victim)
2010: Por Derecho de Sangre (lead role)

Film

2008: Retazos de Vida as Thiago.

Music videos

2011: I’m Into You by Jennifer Lopez

Theater

2009–2010: Un Amante a la Medida/Un Amante Perfecto. Mexico, United States and Puerto Rico.

Awards

2011: Premios Juventud “Esta buenisimo”
2010: Bravo Mejor actor 2010 (Best actor for Sortilegio)
2010: Premios Juventud “Esta buenisimo”
2009: Premios Juventud “Esta buenisimo”
2008: Bravo Actor revelación 2008 (Best new actor for Pasion).