5 Things You May Not Know About ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Heartthrob William Levy

By Suzan Clarke

Mar 26, 2012 6:40am
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Latin heartthrob William Levy is setting fans’ hearts aflutter on season 14 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

The man nicknamed the “Latin Brad Pitt” is well-known to fans of Spanish television’s telenovelas, the hugely popular nighttime soap operas airing in Mexico and the United States, but he wasn’t so well-known in the English-speaking market.

That all changed when he debuted last week on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Judge Bruno Tonioli called the 31-year-old Levy “the hottest package of the season” after the actor delivered a rhythmic cha-cha with professional partner Cheryl Burke, and the ballroom audience surged to its feet to give Levy a sustained round of applause.

Levy, the father of two young children, will dance the quickstep tonight. While you’re counting down the minutes until he takes to the dance floor again, catch up on your William Levy history:

Five Things You May Not Know About William Levy

  1. He had a real future in baseball.  The handsome actor dreamed of playing Major League Baseball and even earned a baseball scholarship to St. Thomas University in Miami, but he quit after his freshman year to pursue a modeling career. His baseball coach questioned the decision, but Levy earned $1,200 for his first modeling job, and the rest is history.
  2. Levy’s craziest fan story: Once during the performance of a play, Levy and the cast were on stage when a fan stood up, took off her pants and threw them on stage. “That was one of the craziest thing I’ve ever probably seen during my career,” he told ABC News.
  3. He was born in Cojimar, Cuba, and came to live in Miami when he was 14 years old.
  4. He’s the hottie in the music video for Jennifer Lopez’s song “I’m Into You.”  (Despite the rumors, he insists that he and Lopez weren’t romantically involved.)
  5. In 2011, Levy appeared on the cover of the Spanish language edition of People’s magazine’s special issue on the sexiest men of the year.
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