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Then + Now: Ted Levine from ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

Buffalo Bill The Silence of the Lambs
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He gave you nightmares as serial killer Buffalo Bill in ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ but what has Ted Levine been up to since then?


When he was cast as serial killer Jame Gumb, aka Buffalo Bill, in ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ Ted Levine didn’t have many acting credits to his name — mostly made-for-TV movies like ‘Crime Story’ and ‘The Fulfillment of Mary Gray.’

But in ‘Silence,’ Levine gave us memorable lines like, “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.” It’s also likely you have that scene — you know the one, with the naked dance — burned into your memory.


Ted Levine
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Levine went on to star in a ton of movies you’ve probably seen — everything from ‘The Fast and Furious’ to ‘Wild Wild West’ to Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island,’ in which he had a small but memorable role as an institution guard. He also starred on the TV series ‘Monk’ for seven years as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer, and more recently he landed a recurring role on the AMC series ‘Hell on Wheels.’

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