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Levine, December 2008
|Born||Frank Theodore Levine
May 29, 1957
Bellaire, Ohio, United States
Frank Theodore “Ted” Levine (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
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". He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and attended Oak Park and River Forest High School. In 1975, he enrolled at Marlboro College and then later University of Chicago. 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.
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.
On June 28, 2014, Levine was sued by his siblings over the loss of a barbecue restaurant.
|1986||One More Saturday Night||Cop in Station|
|1989||Next of Kin||Willy Simpson|
|1990||Love at Large||Frederick King/James McGraw|
|1991||The Silence of the Lambs||Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb|
|1992||The Paint Job||Kenny the D.J.|
|1993||Nowhere to Run||Mr. Dunston|
|1995||The Mangler||Officer John Hunton|
|1995||Heat||Det. Mike Bosko|
|1997||Switchback||Deputy Nate Booker|
|1998||You Can Thank Me Later||Eli Cooperberg|
|1999||Wild Wild West||General 'Bloodbath' McGrath|
|2001||Evolution||General Russell Woodman|
|2001||The Fast and the Furious||Sgt. Tanner|
|2001||Joy Ride||Rusty Nail||Voice|
|2002||The Truth About Charlie||Emil Zadapec|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Colonel Howard|
|2005||The L.A. Riot Spectacular||Tom Saltine|
|2005||Memoirs of a Geisha||Colonel Derricks|
|2006||The Hills Have Eyes||Big Bob Carter|
|2007||The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford||Sheriff James Timberlake|
|2007||American Gangster||Capt. Lou Toback|
|2012||Deep Dark Canyon||Bloom Towne|
|2013||Jimmy||James Lee Mitchell|
|2013||A Single Shot||Cecile|
|2013||Banshee Chapter||Thomas Blackburn|
|2014||Big Game||General Underwood|
|1983||Through Naked Eyes||Patrolman||Movie|
|1985||Two Fathers' Justice||Bennett||Movie|
|1985||American Playhouse||Commander||Episode: "The Killing Floor"|
|1986||Crime Story||Frank Holman||Movie|
|1986–87||Crime Story||Frank Holman||13 episodes|
|1995||Nowhere Man||Dave 'Eddie' Powers||2 episodes (voice)|
|Superman: The Animated Series||Karkull, Sinestro||Episodes: "Absolute Zero",
"In Brightest Day"
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Alan Shepard||Episodes: "Can We Do This?", "For Miles and Miles"|
|1989||The Fulfillment of Mary Gray||Jonathan||Movie|
|1991||Murder in High Places||Carson Russell||Movie|
|1991||Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace||Charles Rose||Movie|
|1993||Death Train||Alex Tierney||Movie|
|1993||The Last Outlaw||Potts||Movie|
|1993||Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back||Gary Ward||Movie|
|1997||Ellen Foster||Bill Hammond||Movie|
|2000||Harlan County War||Silas Kincaid||Movie|
|2000||Wonderland||Dr. Robert Banger||8 Episodes|
|2002||Third Watch||Brian O’Malley||Episode: "Falling"|
|2002–06||Justice League||Bulldozer, Sinestro||6 Episodes (voice)|
|2002–09||Monk||Captain Leland Stottlemeyer||125 Episodes|
|2004||Static Shock||Sinestro||Episode: "Fallen Hero"|
|2011||Hell on Wheels||Captain Daniel Johnson||Recurring|
|2011||Luck||Isadore Cohen||5 episodes|
|2013-||The Bridge||Lt. Hank Wade||Main role|
- McGavin, Patrick Z. (February 28, 1991). "Ted Levine is not a bad guy.". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- 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.
- TMZ (June 28, 2014). "'Silence of the Lambs' Star -- Family Says He's a Real-Life Buffalo Bill". Retrieved 28 June 2014.