PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Actor Charles Levin, who played numerous roles on television comedies such as â€œSeinfeldâ€ and â€œNight Court,â€ has been identified as the man whose body was found last summer in an Oregon ravine, authorities said.
The death was ruled accidental, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday.
Levin, 70, played a character who performs circumcisions on a â€œSeinfeldâ€ episode. His other TV credits included â€œAlice,â€ â€³Hill Street Blues,â€ and â€³Doogie Howser, M.D. Levin also had roles in movies, including â€œThe Golden Child,â€ â€³Annie Hallâ€ and â€œThis is Spinal Tap.â€
Jesse Levin reported his father missing on July 8, police said. The actor, who had been living in Grants Pass, Oregon, was last seen June 27.
Levinâ€™s orange Fiat was found on a remote and almost impassable road July 13, with the remains of his dog, a pug named Boo Boo, inside.
A body was found outside the car down a steep ravine. Police didnâ€™t confirm the identity until this week. Levinâ€™s body was found with no clothing on.
A pile of clothes found nearby was â€œnot known to be associated with Charlesâ€ but police didnâ€™t say in the report to whom they belonged.
The woman who rented a townhouse to the actor for years told police that she had sold the property and had given Levin until July 1 to move out, according to police reports. Police searched Levinâ€™s home and said it looked like he was in the middle of moving but said they didnâ€™t find anything suspicious.
In an email, Jesse Levin told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the family was still reeling from his fatherâ€™s death and that the ongoing interest and publication of the details of the case were distressing to his family.
â€œHe died several months ago, and in our grief we are focusing on the life of the human being,â€ he said. â€œWe request that the news media do the same, or move on entirely,â€ he wrote.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com