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.
Ted's parents are Milton and Charlotte Levine. Both his parents were physicians.
Ted has two children-one daughter, Melissa, and one son, Mac.
Ted received a MFA from the University of Chicago.
Ted attended Marlboro College in Vermont.
Ted graduated from the Windsor Mountain School in Lennox, Massachusetts.
He made his TV debut in ABC's Through Naked Eyes in 1983.
He toured with the West Virginia Theater Company.
Joined The Remains Theatre Ensemble.
Ted is married to Kim Phillips, and the couple has 2 children.
Ted Levine is best recognized by his distinctive, powerfully deep, bass voice.
Ted Levine is 5' 11".
It's difficult to believe, but the eminently likable Ted Levine played perhaps one of the creepiest villains in the history of the movies, namely, Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991).
Ted Levine starred in "The Hills Have Eyes," a remake of the 1977 horror film. He played the father of a family stranded in the New Mexico desert and terrorized by a clan of cannibals.
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.