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 decade. His theatrical career includes performances at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theater, most notably as Tilden in Sam Shepard's Buried Child, directed by Gary Sinise.
After heading to Hollywood for a series of movies in the late 1990s, Ted impressed the critics (and at least some viewers) with his complex portrayal of the highly intelligent and deeply compassionate Dr. Robert Banger in ABC's too quickly cancelled Wonderland (2000). His notable film roles include Starbuck in Moby Dick, (1998), Eli Cooperberg in You Can Thank Me Later (1999), and Silas Kincaid in Harlan County War (2000). More recently, he appeared in Birth and The Manchurian Candidate. He will appear in Memoirs of a Geisha this December and has been cast in the starring role of Big Bob Carter in a remake of Wes Craven's thriller The Hills Have Eyes, scheduled to come out in 2006.
Meanwhile, Ted is back on television as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer in USA Network's popular detective series, Monk, also starring Tony Shalhoub and Traylor Howard, who has replaced Bitty Schram as Monk's assistant. For more information on this series, click the Monk link on the main page of this site.
Ted is married to hair stylist and makeup artist Kim Phillips. He has one daughter, Melissa, and one son, Mac.