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 Captain Leland Stottlemeyer in the television series Monk.

Early life and careerEdit

Levine was born in Ohio Bellaire, Ohio, in 1957. He was born to Milton and Charlotte Levine, who were both doctors and members of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Levine is of Russian, Jewish, Native American and Welsh heritage and has described himself as a "hillbilly Jew".[1] 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 L. Petersen. After his stage experience, Levine began to devote most of his energy during the 1980s toward finding roles in film and television such as a minor part in Charlie's Angels. He also managed to get a minor role in Rambo: First Blood Part II, as one of the men getting the P.O.W.s off the helicopter.

Mainstream successEdit

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. Most recently, he was cast as the warden of the island prison in Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

In a January 12, 2006, interview on The Late Late Show, actor Seth Green credited Levine's portrayal of Buffalo Bill as the inspiration for the voice of his character Chris Griffin on Family Guy.



Year Film Role Notes
1983 Through Naked Eyes Patrolman television film
1985 Two Fathers' Justice Bennett television film
1986 One More Saturday Night Cop in Station
Crime Story Frank Holman television film
1987 Ironweed Pocono Pete
1988 Betrayed Wes
1989 The Fulfillment of Mary Gray Jonathan television film
Next of Kin Willy Simpson
1990 Love at Large Frederick King/James McGraw
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Jame 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb
Murder in High Places Carson Russell television film
Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace Charles Rose television film
1992 The Paint Job Kenny the D.J.
1993 Nowhere to Run Mr. Dunston
Death Train Alex Tierney television film
The Last Outlaw Potts television film
Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back Gary Ward television film
1994 Todo cambia Vince
1995 The Mangler Officer John Hunton
Georgia Jake
Heat Bosko
1996 Bullet Louis Stein
Wiseguy Paul Callendar television film
1997 Mad City Lemke
Switchback Deputy Nate Booker
Flubber Wesson
Ellen Foster Bill Hammond television film
1998 You Can Thank Me Later Eli Cooperberg
Moby Dick Starbuck television film
1999 Wild Wild West General 'Bloodbath' McGrath
2000 Harlan County War Silas Kincaid television film
2001 Evolution General Russell Woodman
The Fast and the Furious Sgt. Tanner
Joy Ride Rusty Nail Voice
Ali Joe Smiley
2002 The Truth About Charlie Emil Zadapec
2003 Wonderland Sam Nico
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Colonel Howard
Birth Mr. Conte
2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular Tom Saltine
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 Timberlake
American Gangster Lou Toback
2010 Shutter Island Warden


Year Film Role Notes
1985 American Playhouse Policeman Episode: The Killing Floor
1986 - 1987 Crime Story Frank Holman 13 Episodes
1995 Nowhere Man Dave 'Eddie' Powers 2 Episodes (Voice)
1997, 1999 Superman: The Animated Series Karkull, Sinestro Episodes: "Absolute Zero", "In Brightest Day"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Alan Shepard 2 Episodes
2000 Wonderland Dr. Robert Banger 8 Episodes
2002 Third Watch Brian O’Malley Episode: Falling
2002 - 2006 Justice League Bulldozer, Sinestro 6 Episodes (Voice)
2002 - 2009 Monk Captain Leland Stottlemeyer 125 Episodes
2004 Static Shock Sinestro Episode: Fallen Hero
2011 Hell on Wheels Captain Daniel Johnson Recurring


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