Golden Girls fans may have only watched actor Charles Levin portray the cook Coco in the pilot episode of the ‘80s sitcom, but he wasn’t forgotten. On Friday, November 8, more details were revealed about the tragic death of the actor, who's known for starring in Alice, Seinfeld, and Designing Women.
Over the summer, news broke that the 70-year-old had been reported missing by his son after not hearing from him. The actor had reportedly called a friend to say that he was lost near Cave Junction, Oregon, and using GPS from Levin’s cell phone, search and rescue crews were able to find his abandoned car near his home. Soon after, authorities discovered his body in a ravine, which authorities believe he fell into accidentally while trying to get help.
"He was incredibly comedic," Levin’s son told Newsweek about his dad. "He was extremely charming. It's very sad what's happened."
From 1983 to 1985, Levin played Elliot Novak in Alice, becoming a regular on the series in season nine. The actor then went on to land a role on The Golden Girls as Coco, a main character, alongside Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), and Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan). Sophia (Estelle Getty) was actually meant to be a recurring character, but after noticing that the audience responded incredibly well to her in the pilot episode, producers decided to make her a main character, and Levin was cut from the show.
Despite this, he continued having success on memorable shows, such as Family Ties, The Twilight Zone, and Law and Order. Golden Girls fans may have also spotted Levin in Designing Women from 1989 to 1991, and later on Seinfeld as the nervous mohel in a 1993 episode.
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