Ted Levine

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  • Birth Name: Frank Theodore Levine
  • Birth Place: Bellaire, OH
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/29/1957, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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The Bridge Boss on Season 2 Changes: It Is a “Four-Course Meal of Weirdness”

FX's border drama The Bridge has undergone a reboot of sorts in its second season.

While the show's first season followed Detectives Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) and Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) as they hunted for a serial killer in Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, Season 2 casts a much wider thematic net. Now left completely to its own devices rather than following the Scandinavian show on which it was based, The Bridge has shifted its focus to examine how political and corporate corruption on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border permeates issues like the drug trade, immigration and human trafficking. But make no mistake — it's actually more twisted (and bloody) than ever.

"It is a radically different show, and I mean that in the best sense of the word," creator Elwood Reid tells TVGuide.com. "It's trying to tell a bigger story, but the way we're trying to tell a bigger story is not to shovel a bunch of facts at you. We're telling it through characters, through things that affect people's lives."

Adds Reid: "[Police procedurals] can be empty calories. I'm going to set the table, I'm going to serve you some appetizers, and then I'm going to serve you a real rich four-course meal of weirdness, and let's see how that goes, instead of just that constant sugar rush of hunting the serial killer every week."

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Ask Matt: Emmys, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dexter, NCIS, Broadchurch

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Question: Love your column and hope you could shed some light on an issue for me. As I understand it, TV shows/actors submit one episode of what they feel is their best work (that season) for Emmy consideration. Is this true? If so, don't you think the criteria should require a greater sample size since one episode, no matter the quality, does not necessarily tell the story of an entire season? —Charles

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The Bridge's Ted Levine: "The Killer Is More Hannibal Lecter Than Jame Gumb"

In this week's episode of FX's The Bridge, viewers finally learn what happened to Sonya's (Diane Kruger) sister years ago, and about the "mistake" related to the case that brought Sonya and Hank (Ted Levine) together.

"It's an interesting past, these two, in the way that they met, and it is a lot to be revealed," Levine tells TVGuide.com. "He bears a tremendous amount of regret concerning that thing, and it changed his perspective on a number of things, on justice and retribution. Knowing Sonya and having sort of been thrust into this relationship with her under these circumstances, it's kind of changed him."

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Credits

Year Title Description
2013 The Bridge TV Show Series, Actor - Hank Wade
2007 American Gangster Movie, Actor - Lou Toback
2007 The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford Movie, Actor - Sheriff Timberlake
2006 The Hills Have Eyes Movie, Actor - "Big Bob" Carter
2005 Memoirs Of A Geisha Movie, Actor - Colonel Derricks

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News

Diane Kruger Talks The Bridge and Her Transition to TV

Prior to the premiere of The Bridge, the only time American audiences had seen film star Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) on a TV show was as a guest on an episode of Fringe. (Her character's corpse shared the screen with Kruger's real-life boyfriend, Joshua Jackson.) read more

Inside FX's Fascinating New Mystery The Bridge

At first glance, FX's new drama The Bridge seems like a tough sell: a brusque female lead on the autism spectrum, yet another serial killer wreaking havoc and a setting in which nearly half the dialogue has to be in Spanish with English subtitles.

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FX's The Bridge Is More Than Your Average Serial Killer Drama

FX's The Bridge looks, sounds and feels like another "Important with a capital I" show (think Breaking Bad, Homeland, The Americans), but like the best of this breed of cable shows, its entertainment value trumps whatever message it's trying to convey. The message is still there, of course — in this case, involving murder, corruption and cultural prejudices along the U.S./Mexican border — but the issues are wrapped up in an easily digestible format that relies on characters rather than lessons to draw viewers in.

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FX Sets Premiere Date for Diane Kruger Drama The Bridge

The Bridge, FX's adaptation of the Dutch drama, will premiere... read more

FX Orders Diane Kruger Drama The Bridge to Series

FX has placed a 13-episode order for The Bridge, the network announced Tuesday. Diane Kruger and Oscar nominee Demián Bichir will the star in the drama, which comes from executive producers Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid. read more

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