Shawn Levy is an author, critic, podcaster, and community volunteer. He wrote for The Oregonian for more than twenty years, mostly serving as Film Critic, and reviewed movies for KGW-TV from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that, he was Senior Editor of the late, great American Film magazine and prior to that Associate Editor of Boxoffice magazine.
His books Rat Pack Confidential, Paul Newman: A Life, and The Castle on Sunset were bestsellers, and his Dolce Vita Confidential was named Sunday Times Stage and Screen Book of the Year and a Book of the Year by the Spectator and the Irish Examiner.
He has written about film, pop culture, books and sports for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the San Francisco Chronicle, Interview, Movieline, Film Comment, Sight and Sound, Premiere, the Village Voice, the Hollywood Reporter, Portland Monthly, the Black Rock Beacon, and many other publications.
A native of New York City, he was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine. He serves on the board of Operation Pitch Invasion, a not-for-profit group dedicated to filling recreation deserts with new and restored soccer fields and futsal courts. He has three children and lives in southwest Portland.