Ted Levine

Ted Levine

Levine, December 2008
Born Frank Theodore Levine
(1957-05-29) May 29, 1957
Bellaire, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Kim Phillips
Children 2

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, the son of Charlotte Virginia (Clark) and Milton Dmitri Levine,[1] who were both doctors and members of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Levine's father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother had Welsh ancestry. He describes himself as a "hillbilly Jew".[2] 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

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.[3] In 2014 he portrayed General Underwood in the British-Finnish action film Big Game.[4]


Feature films

Year Title Role Notes
1986 One More Saturday Night Cop in Station
1987 Ironweed Pocono Pete
1988 Betrayed Wes
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
1994 Todo cambia Vince
1995 The Mangler Officer John Hunton
1995 Georgia Jake
1995 Heat Det. Mike Bosko
1996 Bullet Louis Stein
1997 Mad City Lemke
1997 Switchback Deputy Nate Booker
1997 Flubber Wesson
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 role
2001 Ali Joe Smiley
2002 The Truth About Charlie Emil Zadapec
2003 Wonderland Sam Nico
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Colonel Howard
2004 Birth Mr. Conte
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
2010 Shutter Island Warden
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
2014 Dig Two Graves Sheriff Waterhouse
2014 Gutshot Straight Lewis
2015 Little Boy Sam
2016 Bleed for This Lou Duva


Year Title Role Notes
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
198687 Crime Story Frank Holman 13 episodes
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
1995 Nowhere Man Dave 'Eddie' Powers 2 episodes (voice)
1996 Wiseguy Paul Callendar Movie
Superman: The Animated Series Karkull
"Absolute Zero"
"In Brightest Day"
1997 Ellen Foster Bill Hammond Movie
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Alan Shepard 2 episodes
1998 Moby Dick Starbuck 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)
200209 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
201314 The Bridge Lt. Hank Wade Main role (26 episodes)
2014 Child of Grace Chief Edwards Movie
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Gerhart Moll Episode: "The Trip Trap"
2016 Mad Dogs Conrad Tull 2 episodes
2016 Ray Donovan Bill Primm 3 episodes
2016 Lethal Weapon Ned Brower Episode: "Best Buds"


  1. http://birth-records.mooseroots.com/l/8397646/Frank-Theodore-Levine
  2. McGavin, Patrick Z. (February 28, 1991). "Ted Levine is not a bad guy.". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  3. 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.
  4. TV Guide (August 14, 2013). "Big Game". littlefallstimes.com. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
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