Frank Theodore Levine (born May 29, 1957) is an American actor. He is best known for playing the roles of Buffalo Bill in the film The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Leland Stottlemeyer in the television series Monk (2002–2009).
Frank Theodore Levine
May 29, 1957
Levine's other notable roles were in the films Nowhere to Run (1993), Bullet (1996), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), American Gangster (2007), Shutter Island (2010), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), and The Report (2019).
Levine was born in Bellaire, Ohio, the son of Charlotte Virginia (Clark) and Milton Dmitri Levine, who were both doctors and members of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Levine's father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother had Welsh and Native American ancestry. He describes himself as a "hillbilly Jew." He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1975, he enrolled at Marlboro College.
He became a fixture in the Chicago theatre scene and joined the Remains Theatre which was co-founded by Gary Cole and William Petersen. After his stage experience, Levine began to devote most of his energy during the 1980s toward finding roles in film and television. One of his most prominent roles in the 1980s was playing mob enforcer Frank Holman in the NBC drama Crime Story (1986–88).
After his breakout role in The Silence of the Lambs (as primary antagonist Buffalo Bill), there was a period where he was typecast in villainous roles. Levine was able to gradually branch out into other types of roles such as a member of Al Pacino's police unit in Heat and astronaut Alan Shepard in the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. In the drama Georgia, he played Mare Winningham's husband, one of his most sympathetic roles.
In 2001, Levine performed as Paul Walker's police superior Sergeant Tanner in The Fast and the Furious. His résumé also includes an uncredited role as the voice of the sociopathic trucker "Rusty Nail" in Joy Ride, also starring Walker.
Levine also appeared as a patriarch whose family takes a turn for the worse in the remake of The Hills Have Eyes (2006).
In 2007, he portrayed local Sheriff James Timberlake in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and appeared in Ridley Scott's American Gangster, alongside Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.
|1981||Escape From New York||Duke's train sentry||Uncredited|
|1985||Rambo: First Blood Part II||Uncredited|
|1986||One More Saturday Night||Cop in Station|
|1987||Ironweed||Pete 'Pocono Pete'|
|1988||Betrayed||Wesley John Bond / Wes|
|1989||Next of Kin||Willy Simpson|
|1990||Love at Large||Frederick King /James McGraw|
|1991||The Silence of the Lambs||Jame 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb|
|1992||The Paint Job||Kenny the D.J.|
|1993||Nowhere to Run||Mr. Dunston|
|1995||The Mangler||Officer John Hunton|
|1995||Heat||Detective Mike Bosko|
|1997||Switchback||Deputy Nate Booker|
|1998||You Can Thank Me Later||Eli Cooperberg|
|1999||Wild Wild West||General 'Bloodbath' McGrath|
|2001||Evolution||General Russell Woodman|
|2001||The Fast and the Furious||Sergeant Tanner|
|2001||Joy Ride||'Rusty Nail'||Voice role|
|2002||The Truth About Charlie||Emil Zadapec|
|2003||Wonderland||Detective Sam Nico|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Colonel Howard|
|2005||The L.A. Riot Spectacular||Tom Saltine|
|2005||Memoirs of a Geisha||Colonel Derricks|
|2006||The Hills Have Eyes||Bob 'Big Bob' Carter|
|2007||The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford||Sheriff James Timberlake|
|2007||American Gangster||Captain Lou Toback|
|2012||Deep Dark Canyon||Bloom Towne|
|2013||Jimmy||James Lee Mitchell|
|2013||A Single Shot||Cecile|
|2013||Banshee Chapter||Thomas Blackburn|
|2014||Big Game||General Underwood|
|2014||Dig Two Graves||Sheriff Waterhouse|
|2016||Bleed for This||Lou Duva|
|2017||Bottom of the World||The Preacher|
|2017||Swing State||Rouge Holmes|
|2018||Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom||Ken Wheatley|
|2019||The Report||John Brennan|
|2019||A Violent Separation||Ed Quinn|
|1983||Through Naked Eyes||Patrolman||TV movie|
|1984||American Playhouse||Commander||Episode: "The Killing Floor"|
|1985||Two Fathers' Justice||Bennett||TV movie|
|1986–88||Crime Story||Frank Holman||19 episodes|
|1989||The Fulfillment of Mary Gray||Jonathan||TV movie|
|1990||Midnight Caller||Frank Brewer||Episode: "With Malice Towards One"|
|1991||Murder in High Places||Carson Russell||TV movie|
|1991||Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace||Charles Rose||TV movie|
|1993||Death Train||Alex Tierney||TV movie|
|1993||The Last Outlaw||Potts||TV movie|
|1993||Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back||Gary Ward||TV movie|
|1995||Nowhere Man||Dave 'Eddie' Powers||Episode: "Absolute Zero"|
|1996||Wiseguy||Paul Callendar||TV movie|
|1997, 1999||Superman: The Animated Series||Karkull / Sinestro (voice)||2 episodes|
|1997||Ellen Foster||Bill Hammond||TV movie|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Alan Shepard||2 episodes|
|1998||Moby Dick||Starbuck||TV movie|
|2000||Harlan County War||Silas Kincaid||TV movie|
|2000||Wonderland||Dr. Robert Banger||8 episodes|
|2002||Third Watch||Brian O’Malley||Episode: "Falling"|
|2002–2003||Justice League||Bulldozer / Sinestro (voice)||4 episodes|
|2002–2009||Monk||Captain Leland Stottlemeyer||118 episodes|
|2004||Static Shock||Sinestro||Episode: "Fallen Hero"|
|2011||Hell on Wheels||Captain Daniel Johnson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2012||Luck||Isadore Cohen||5 episodes|
|2013–14||The Bridge||Lt. Hank Wade||26 episodes|
|2014||Child of Grace||Chief Edwards||TV movie|
|2015||The Spoils Before Dying||Gerhart Moll||Episode: "The Trip Trap"|
|2016||Dr. Del||Tanner||TV movie|
|2016||Mad Dogs||Conrad Tull||2 episodes|
|2016||Ray Donovan||Bill Primm||4 episodes|
|2016||Lethal Weapon||Ned Brower||Episode: "Best Buds"|
|2018 - 2020||The Alienist||Thomas F. Byrnes||15 episodes|
|2018||Here and Now||Ike Bayer||2 episodes|
|2019||On Becoming a God in Central Florida||Obie Garbeau II|
|2020||Peacock Presents: The At-Home Variety Show Featuring Seth MacFarlane||Captain Leland Stottlemeyer||Episode: "Monk In Quarantine"|
|2021||Big Sky||Horst Kleinsasser||7-8 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1991||Awards Circuit Community Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||The Silence of the Lambs||Nominated|||
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Shared with the entire cast
|2012||20/20 Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Silence of the Lambs||Nominated|||
|2015||Beaufort International Film Festival||Best Actor||Dig Two Graves||Won|||
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