He was born in Montreal, Quebec. As a teenager, he attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York. Levy graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1989. Levy has a production deal with 20th Century Fox. He is slated to produce the film Back Magick, written by Sahara Lotti. He has also been announced as the director of The Hardy Men which is an adaptation of the Hardy Boys novels and it stars Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller.
He is known professionally as Shawn Levy, but is not the same person as Shawn Anthony Levy, the American film critic and author who also signs his work as Shawn Levy.
attended St.George's high school in westmount quebec