Arthur Levin: A Look Back at the Tragic Death of the "Alice," "Seinfeld" and "Golden" ("Girls" and "Child") Actor

Herbie J Pilato

An Overview

Actor Charles Levin was born on March 12, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He became best known for his roles on the classic TV sitcoms, Alice, Seinfeld, and The Golden Girls, but also appeared on the big screen in movies like Annie Hall (1977) and The Golden Child (1986). He married twice: to Katherine De Hetre and then to Mollie Weinblatt. And then he died a tragic death on June 28, 2019, in Selma, Oregon.

A Closer Look

Arthur Levin was a graduate of Yale and a former Harvard professor of Drama. He also played football at Yale and was a member of Skull and Bones secret society.

In 1988, Levin retired from acting and moved to Grants Pass, Oregon. He was last seen and heard on June 28, 2019. After he failed to move out of his home on July 1 (as he allegedly agreed with his landlord that he would), Levin was reported to the police as missing on July 8, 2019 by one of his two sons.

On July 12, 2019, Levin's vehicle car was discovered, and on July 14, human remains were found close by. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety decided the remains were most likely Levin's, and that was later confirmed.

According to, subsequent reports from Oregon's Grants Pass Department of Public Safety revealed that Levin "got lost on a remote mountain road in his Orange Fiat, which was found in fallen-tree-filled area about four miles off the nearest asphalt road."

The police report documented that the terrain was so grueling that officers had to walk 1/4 of a mile from their emergency vehicle to reach Levin's vehicle, which they observed as having the passenger side mirror sheared off. "I would have never thought the Fiat would have been able to make any progress down this section of the roadway," the police report noted, documenting that the vehicle was finally immersed in "mounds of earthen material."

The vehicle contained the remains of Levin's beloved pug, Boo-Boo Bear, and the area was filled with "an overwhelming odor of decomposition." The authorities then discovered Levin's nude, severely decomposed remains at the bottom of a dangerously steep ravine. 


Law enforcement ruled out any possibility of foul play or suicide as the cause of Arthur Levin's demise. The official autopsy documented his death as "accidental."

It was such a sad ending to the life of a multi-talented performer who brought a great deal of joy and entertainment to countless TV and movie fans around the world.

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR, and NBC & ME: MY LIFE AS A PAGE IN A BOOK, among others. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

Los Angeles, CA

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