After having gone missing for days, a well-known actor for television and movie appearances in the 1980s and 1990s appears to have been found.
Authorities believe that human remains they found in Oregon belong to Charles Levin, the man who played Mohel on Seinfeld. He was 70 years of age.
Levin, who was in the process of moving at the time of his disappearance, was first reported missing on July 8 by his son who had not heard from his father in several days. Also missing was Levin’s orange 2012 Fiat and his dog, a pug named Boo Boo Bear.
Levin lived in Grants Pass, Oregon, which is where police began their search. Over the past several days, they were able to use GPS data from Levin’s cell phone to narrow the search area.
This brought them to an area with mountainous terrain just southwest of Grants Pass. Then on Saturday, at around 8 p.m., a local resident found Levin’s distinctive vehicle on a “very remote and almost impassable road.”
Inside the vehicle was found the remains of Levin’s dog. Authorities then began a focused search in that area.
Not long thereafter, they came across human remains, which are now being said to belong to Levin.
“Based on the circumstances, there is a high probability that the remains are those of Charles Levin,” said the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.
The remains are now in the hands of a medical examiner who will make the final identification, while also determining what he can about what may have happened to Levin.
Who was he?
Levin made a name for himself in the 80s and 90s as a television and movie actor.
On television, he had roles on “Alice,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Night Court,” and “LA Law;” And on the big screen, he appeared in “The Golden Child,” “Annie Hall,” and “This is Spinal Tap.” He is probably most remembered, however, for an appearance he made on a 1993 episode of “Seinfeld,” called “The Bris,” in which he played the character Mohel.
Police have not said whether there was any foul play involved.