Levi - The personal pet of deaf FBI
agent Sue Thomas (Deanne Bray) on the police drama SUE THOMAS: F.B.Eye/PAX/2002-05.
Levi and Sue Thomas
Sue Thomas is a tenacious but soft-hearted FBI agent who moves
from the Fingerprint Analysis Division to an elite surveillance team
when her keen ability to read lips comes to the attention of one of
the bureau's handsome agents.
Sue had been deaf since childhood but
could speak naturally and read lips a talent that helped her
transition smoothly through her college years.
companion is a five-year old hearing-ear dog named Levi, a Golden
Retriever (played by Jesse the dog).
Jesse was born outside of
Toronto. His trainer is Bryan Renfro. Jesse has a brother named
Previous to his gig with Sue Thomas, Jesse played the role
of Homer the dog on Nickelodeon TV series ANIMORPHS based on the
popular Scholastic books by K.A. Applegate.
TRIVIA NOTE: The series is based on a true story about the real Sue
Thomas, deaf from the age of 18 months, who overcame significant
obstacles to work for the F.B.I. and later as a motivational speaker
and the author of the best selling autobiography, Lip Service.
in Ohio, Sue Thomas also earned her degree in International
Relations and has done post graduate work in Counseling.
The role of
Sue Thomas was played by deaf actress Deanne Bray who was also an
experienced lip reader. Severely deaf since birth, Bray was a veteran
of Deaf West Theatre in California and had appeared in several films
and television series.
Although she loves acting Bray was passionate
about teaching. She taught science and math to deaf and
hard-of-hearing students in East Los Angeles and established a
literacy program -- the Little Bookworm Club.
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