Ted Levine

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Quotes (12)

  • Ted Levine: I'm not that attached to [my mustache]. It's for the work. If I could get a good fake one and wear it for work, I would, but you can't, so I have a real one.

  • Ted Levine: (comparing himself to his "Monk" character) I don't think I'm as tough as Stottlemeyer, by my heart is soft.

  • Ted Levine: As far as which characters are more challenging, I would say that I've enjoyed playing both bad guys and good guys. And I've found that each one presents its own challenge, and that's what makes acting so rewarding.

  • Ted Levine: (about his co-star on "Monk," Tony Shalhoub) Tony and I have a mutual respect for one another. We come from similar backgrounds...similar, not the same, but yeah, it's interesting. It's a similar relationship.

  • Ted Levine: (about his character role on Monk) Stottlemeyer is a pretty average guy. I've always thougt that if Monk has uncommon sense, Stottlemeyer has common sense.

  • Ted Levine: (about his co-star on Monk, Jason Gray-Stanford) Jason has a photographic memory. Jason can remember some of the most obscure trivia. If I have a sports question, or an actor question about who did what and when, Jason knows it.

  • Ted Levine: (about Monk): Monk has a whole lot to do with Tony's [Shalhoub] ability. He is wonderful. The big challenge with Stottlemeyer is to keep it simple, to put myself in the place where I can react to what he's doing and react honestly. Anytime I try to force it, it doesn't ring true.

  • Ted Levine: (about his character role on "Monk") Stottlemeyer is a bit of a bureaucrat with a mustache.

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Trivia (21)

  • Ted attributes the scene in "Wonderland" (TV show), where Dr. Banger's sons undress him, as being largely responsible for his getting the role of Stottlemeyer in "Monk."

  • Ted Levine grew up in Oak Park, Illinois.

  • Ted performed in summer stock and regional theatres in Vermont, Michigan and West Virginia before settling in Chicago and joining The Remains Ensemble.

  • Ted Levine will be appearing in the 2007 movie American Gangster, which will also be starring Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe.

  • Ted often plays some type of law enforcement official in his acting roles.

  • Ted established the Dratman Theatre Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early 1990s.

  • Actor Seth Green said that Ted Levine's voice was the inspiration for the voice of Seth's character, Chris Griffin, on the show Family Guy.

  • Ted has five siblings.

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