Shawn Levy was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine. He has been writing for The Oregonian since 1992. Before that, he was a senior editor of American Film magazine and an associate editor of Boxoffice magazine. He has written about film, pop culture, books and sports for numerous publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian of London, the Independent of London, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Village Voice, and the Hollywood Reporter. He has written numerous books including The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa; Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London; Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter and Joey and the Last Great Showbiz Party; and King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis.