Oscar Levant

Comedian, Composer

1906 – 1972

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Who was Oscar Levant?

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.

Famous Quotes:

  • There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.
  • Once he makes up his mind, he's full of indecision. -- On Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
  • I once said cynically of a politician, Hell double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
  • An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.
  • Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
  • Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.
  • There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
  • Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you will find the real tinsel underneath.
  • Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.

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Born
Dec 27, 1906
Pittsburgh
Also known as
  • Levant
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Religion
  • Judaism
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  • United States of America
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Died
Aug 14, 1972
Beverly Hills

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on July 23, 2013

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