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Ted Levine

Born in Bellaire, Ohio, in May, 1957, he was among the last graduating class of the Windsor Mountain School in Lennox, Massachusetts. Attended Marlboro College in Vermont. Performed in summer stock and regional theatres in Vermont, Michigan and West Virginia before settling in Chicago and joining The Remains ensemble. Levine worked on stage at ... See full bio »

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Shutter Island
Monk Captain Leland Stottlemeyer
The Silence of the Lambs
American Gangster
American Gangster Lou Toback


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 2017 Bottom of the World (completed)
The Preacher
 2016 Swing State (completed)
Rouge Holmes
 2015 Little Boy
 2014 Dig Two Graves
Sheriff Waterhouse
 2014 Gutshot Straight
 2014 Child of Grace
Chief Edwards
 2014 Big Game
General Underwood
 2014 Tommy Benjamin
Duke Klien
 2013 Banshee Chapter
Thomas Blackburn
 2013 Deep Dark Canyon
Bloom Towne
 2013 A Single Shot
 2007 American Gangster
Lou Toback
 2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular
Tom Saltine
 2004 Birth
Mr. Conte
 2004 The Manchurian Candidate
Colonel Howard
 2001 Ali
Joe Smiley
 2001 Joy Ride
Rusty Nail (voice, uncredited)
 1999 You Can Thank Me Later
Eli Cooperberg
 1997 Flubber
 1997 Switchback
Deputy Nate Booker
 1997 Mad City
 1995 Heat
 1995 Georgia
 1993 The Paint Job
Kenny the D.J. (uncredited)
 1990 Love at Large
Frederick King / James McGraw
 1989 Next of Kin
Willy Simpson
 1988 Betrayed
 1987 Ironweed
Pocono Pete
 1986 One More Saturday Night
Cop in Station
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He acted in Sam Shepard's play, "Buried Child", at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois with James Gammon also in the cast. The crew included Gary Sinise (director), Robert Brill (scenic designer), Kevin Rigdon (lighting designer) and Rob Milburn (sound designer).

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5' 11" (1.8 m)

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It was hard. I'll never do a character like this again. I would have loved to just have done the part from the script, and not deal with the book, it would be so much easier to work that way, and there are so many images in the book that aren't in the film. On the one hand they can be useful to you, on the other hand you can end up working too hard, which is something I think I did. I drove ... See more »


After his terrifying turn as "Buffalo Bill" in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), he's had some trouble getting parts other than sadistic psychopaths. He generally tries to choose parts more along the lines of ordinary family men and unfriendly co-workers to get away from the creepy shadow of "Buffalo Bill". See more »


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