Ted Levine (* May 29, 1957 in Bellaire, Ohio, prop, Frank Theodore Levine ) is an American film and television actor, who is involved primarily as a supporting actor in films and television series. In German-speaking countries it is mainly through his role as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer in the television series Monk known, and as a serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs.
Levine was born the son of Russian-Jewish parents and attended elementary school in Bellaire and later the alternative Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont. He played in the early 1980s, first at theaters in Vermont, Michigan and Chicago, where he received the Master of Fine Arts at the University. But now he works mainly for television and film. In the 1980s he worked among others in the series Crime Story with. He reached global attention but only in 1991 as a serial killer Jame ' Buffalo Bill ' Gumb in the thriller The Silence of the Lambs. Levine did not want to be placed on the role of a psychopath and played in the subsequent period less cryptic characters: military, police or fathers. In 1998, he appeared with Patrick Stewart in the two-part television adaptation of Melville's Moby Dick. From 2002 to 2009 he took over the role of Captain Leland Stottlemeyer on the side of Tony Shalhoub in the television series Monk.
Ted Levine is married and has two children.