Ted Levine

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Ted Levine
Ted Levine (1).jpg
Levine, December 2008
BornFrank Theodore Levine
(1957-05-29) May 29, 1957 (age 57)
Bellaire, Ohio, United States
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Kim Phillips
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Ted Levine
Ted Levine (1).jpg
Levine, December 2008
BornFrank Theodore Levine
(1957-05-29) May 29, 1957 (age 57)
Bellaire, Ohio, United States
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Kim Phillips

Frank TheodoreTedLevine (born May 29, 1957) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs and as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer in the television series Monk.

Early life and career[edit]

Levine was born in Bellaire, Ohio, to Milton and Charlotte Levine, who were both doctors and members of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Levine is of Russian-Jewish and Welsh heritage and has described himself as a "hillbilly Jew".[1] He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1975, he enrolled at Marlboro College. He became a fixture in the Chicago theatre scene and joined the Remains Theatre which was co-founded by Gary Cole and William Petersen. After his stage experience, Levine began to devote most of his energy during the 1980s toward finding roles in film and television.

Mainstream success[edit]

After his breakout role in The Silence of the Lambs (as primary antagonist Buffalo Bill), there was a period where he was typecast in villainous roles. Levine was able to remedy this by playing more positive characters, such as a member of Al Pacino's police unit in Heat, astronaut Alan Shepard in the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon, and Paul Walker's police superior Sergeant Tanner in The Fast and the Furious. In the drama Georgia, he played Mare Winningham's husband, one of his most sympathetic roles. His résumé also includes an uncredited role as the voice of the sociopathic trucker "Rusty Nail" in 2001's Joy Ride, and his performance as Detective Sam Nico in the 2003 film Wonderland, based on the gruesome murders in the Hollywood Hills. From 2002 to 2009, he co-starred as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer on USA Network's detective series Monk, starring Tony Shalhoub.

Levine provided the voice of the supervillain Sinestro in Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. Levine also appeared as a patriarch whose family takes a turn for the worse in the remake of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). In 2007, he portrayed local Sheriff James Timberlake in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and appeared in Ridley Scott's American Gangster, alongside Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. In 2010, he appeared as the warden of the island prison in Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2012, he appeared as Sheriff Bloom Towne in Deep Dark Canyon, alongside Spencer Treat Clark and Nick Eversman, who portray Sheriff Towne's sons, Nate and Skylar, respectively. In 2013, he had a major supporting role in the FX murder mystery series The Bridge as Lieutenant Hank Wade, commander of a police homicide unit in a Texas border city.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ted petitioned the Superior Court Division of Onslow County, North Carolina to force a public sale by auction on the Jacksonville North Carolina court house steps of the former Holly Ridge Smokehouse Restaurant building and land which they had inherited from their father Dr. Milton Levine. On June 25, 2014, the building and land was auctioned and sold for cash to the highest bidder for $325,000 to Tract Investments.[3]


Feature films[edit]

1986One More Saturday NightCop in Station
1987IronweedPocono Pete
1989Next of KinWilly Simpson
1990Love at LargeFrederick King/James McGraw
1991The Silence of the LambsJame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb
1992The Paint JobKenny the D.J.
1993Nowhere to RunMr. Dunston
1994Todo cambiaVince
1995The ManglerOfficer John Hunton
1995HeatDet. Mike Bosko
1996BulletLouis Stein
1997Mad CityLemke
1997SwitchbackDeputy Nate Booker
1998You Can Thank Me LaterEli Cooperberg
1999Wild Wild WestGeneral 'Bloodbath' McGrath
2001EvolutionGeneral Russell Woodman
2001The Fast and the FuriousSgt. Tanner
2001Joy RideRusty NailVoice
2001AliJoe Smiley
2002The Truth About CharlieEmil Zadapec
2003WonderlandSam Nico
2004The Manchurian CandidateColonel Howard
2004BirthMr. Conte
2005The L.A. Riot SpectacularTom Saltine
2005Memoirs of a GeishaColonel Derricks
2006The Hills Have EyesBig Bob Carter
2007The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordSheriff James Timberlake
2007American GangsterCapt. Lou Toback
2010Shutter IslandWarden
2012Deep Dark CanyonBloom Towne
2013JimmyJames Lee Mitchell
2013A Single ShotCecile
2013Gutshot StraightLewis
2013Banshee ChapterThomas Blackburn
2014Big GameGeneral Underwood
2015Little BoySam


1983Through Naked EyesPatrolmanMovie
1985Two Fathers' JusticeBennettMovie
1985American PlayhouseCommanderEpisode: "The Killing Floor"
1986Crime StoryFrank HolmanMovie
198687Crime StoryFrank Holman13 episodes
1995Nowhere ManDave 'Eddie' Powers2 episodes (voice)
Superman: The Animated SeriesKarkull, SinestroEpisodes: "Absolute Zero",
"In Brightest Day"
1998From the Earth to the MoonAlan ShepardEpisodes: "Can We Do This?", "For Miles and Miles"
1989The Fulfillment of Mary GrayJonathanMovie
1991Murder in High PlacesCarson RussellMovie
1991Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus FaraceCharles RoseMovie
1993Death TrainAlex TierneyMovie
1993The Last OutlawPottsMovie
1993Broken Promises: Taking Emily BackGary WardMovie
1996WiseguyPaul CallendarMovie
1997Ellen FosterBill HammondMovie
1998Moby DickStarbuckMovie
2000Harlan County WarSilas KincaidMovie
2000WonderlandDr. Robert Banger8 Episodes
2002Third WatchBrian O’MalleyEpisode: "Falling"
2002–06Justice LeagueBulldozer, Sinestro6 Episodes (voice)
200209MonkCaptain Leland Stottlemeyer125 Episodes
2004Static ShockSinestroEpisode: "Fallen Hero"
2011Hell on WheelsCaptain Daniel JohnsonRecurring
2011LuckIsadore Cohen5 episodes
2013-2014The BridgeLt. Hank WadeMain role


  1. ^ McGavin, Patrick Z. (February 28, 1991). "Ted Levine is not a bad guy.". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  2. ^ TV Guide (August 14, 2013). "The Bridge's Ted Levine: "The Killer Is More Hannibal Lecter Than Jame Gumb"". littlefallstimes.com. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Holly Ridge Smokehouse Restaurant to be auctioned". JD News. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 

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