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IN THE BEGINNING…
According to William Levy he was raised under very poor conditions in Cuba, and at the age of 15 he immigrated legally to Miami when his stepfather was granted refuge in the United States.
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In 2003, Levy was a contestant on the reality competition Protagonistas de novela (Telemundo). Additionally, it was the reality show where he met Mexican-American actress, Elizabeth Gutiérrez-mother to son Christopher Alexander and daughter Kailey- with whom he has sustained an intermittent relationship since their first meet.
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Television producer Carla Estrada first spotted William Levy’s potential to lure in audiences and gave him the opportunity to play the role of male lead Vasco Darién in the mexican telenovela Pasión (2007).
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Just one year after his first big break, the Cuban actor joined the former RBD pop group singer, Maite Perroni in telenovela Cuidado con el ángel, which achieved the same success in the United States as it did in Mexico.
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A TURN OF LUCK
In 2009 Levy returned to television again with producer Carla Estrada as the lead in telenovela, Sortilegio. The budding actor shared the screen with already mainstream stars Jacqueline Bracamontes, Chantal Andere and Daniela Romo. The final episode aired on Univision had ratings exceeding that of English-language networks in a prime time slot.
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REASON TO CELEBRATE
Levy is known for his happy-go-lucky character and fair sensibilities, both infectious to his fans and colleagues alike. In this photo taken back in 2009, Levy stood surrounded by the cast mates of Sortilegio for a surprise party on his 29th birthday.
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WALK OF FAME
William Levy receives his star on the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico City which is the Mexican equivalent to the Walk of Fame .
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HOT, HOT, HOT
The rise to stardom for Levy landed him on the cover of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL in October 2009 as one of the 25 sexiest men alive.
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SWAN OF THE STAGE
When the small screen just wasn’t enough for him, Levy demonstrated his talent in theatre in 2010 when he joined the cast of Un amante a la medida wearing this outfit, one that still could not take away any of his characteristic sex appeal.
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In the same year, as producer Salvador Mejía recognized the flawless chemistry between Maite Perroni and the Cuban star, they were united once again for Triunfo del amor, a remake of the 1999 series El privilegio de amar.
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Levy was slated to star in the highly anticipated remake of legendary telenovela, Cuna de lobos titled, Por el derecho de sangre, a production from Salvador Mejía for Televisa. Though between the project being at a stand-still and William’s other compromises, the show may have to go on without him.
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
Elizabeth Gutiérrez (left), actress Kate del Castillo and singer Alejandra Guzmán pretend to fight for the attention of Levy on the cover of the 50 más bellos (50 Most Beautiful) edition of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL in May 2011. That same year his relationship with Gutiérrez would dissolve after she released a statement to the press announcing the reasons for their split. William has stated publicly that he respects the mother of his two children and lately have been seen very much back in love.
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Levy met surprised faces at the 8th annual Premios Juventud music awards for Univision with a shaved head, though still the stunner nonetheless.
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In the last months of 2011 the actor landed a short stint in the theatre musical Perfume de gardenia, same production where he shared the stage and an unforgettable kiss with Mexican actress Aracely Arámbula.
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RISE TO THE TOP
The American audience and the world over watched in awe when the star participated in the music video for “I’m Into You” by Jennifer López, a turning stone in the beginning of Levy-mania.
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FEET MADE FOR MOVING
On March 19th, Levy made his debut on Dancing With The Stars (ABC) side by side with his dance floor partner Cheryl Burke. The support of the audience has been completely overwhelming and continues to draw votes from fans each week to see William advance to the next round of DWTS.
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SKY IS THE LIMIT
Levy’s newfound fame continues to soar with his participation on DWTS. The Cuban native appears on the cover of PEOPLE magazine and did some promotion for it with dancing partner Cheryl Burke on TV show Extra, where they talk to Mario López.
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