Ted Levine

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Ted Levine

Born

5/29/1957, Bellaire, Ohio

Birth Name

Frank Theodore Levine

Gender

Male
9.3
out of 10
User Rating
94 votes

Biography

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One of six children of Milton and Charlotte Levine, both physicians, Ted Levine attended elementary school in Bellaire, Ohio, and later briefly attended Marlboro College in Vermont. He began his career as a stage actor in the early 1980s then expanding to television and movies later in that…more

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  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Ted Levine: I really enjoy comedy. It's a real challenge. About the best thing an actor can do when all is said and done is to make people laugh.

    • Ted Levine: One of big reasons I'm an actor is because of watching Laurel and Hardy when I was a kid. Good comedy is ageless.

    • Ted Levine: I made a conscientious choice that I wanted to do television so I wouldn't have to be away from my family for great periods of time making movies.

    • Ted Levine: Take life slowly and deliberately, making sure to acknowledge the people who have helped you succeed along the way.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great character actor, who could be doing more in film.

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    • All Shows Hey, do you guys remember Ted in the 1991 Oscar winner Silence of the Lambs? That’s right he was the androgynous psychopath Jamie Gumm a.k.a. Buffalo Bill , hard to believe huh. Every time I see that movie, that clown creeps me out, and how he didn’t get nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor I’ll never know. He played that serial killer perfect, to a tee. In fact I think it was as good as if not better that Anthony Perkins in Psycho or Steve Railsback in Helter Skelter, both of which , in my opinion, had trouble landing good roles later in their careers to being typecast based on their wonderful performances. Buffalo Bill apparently hasn't affected Ted in a negative manner.

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  • ted is just so cool, his acting is brillant, in every film or programme he has done. he is a true star, who should be given his own show and the credit he deserves! he is brillant in monk, his style and performance is superb,moreless

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    ted is just so cool, his acting is brillant, in every film or programme he has done. he is a true star, who should be given his own show and the credit he deserves!



    he is brillant in monk, his style and performance is superb,



    he should come to the Uk and act!
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