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Ron Carey dead at 71

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2007 2:30PM

Ron CareyCarey played Officer Carl Levitt on the classic sitcom Barney Miller (remember, James Gregory would always call him "Levine?"). He died Tuesday in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke.

Besides that role, Carey appeared in several other TV shows, including Benson, Alice, Lucky Luke, and the New Love American Style. He was in a bunch of movies too, including High Anxiety, Johnny Dangerously, History of the World, Part 1, Fatso, and The Out of Towners (the original). His last role was in the 1999 movie Food For Thought.

His real name was Ron Cicenia and he stood 5 feet 4 (hey, I'm only 5 feet 5, so it's always good to see other short guys become a success!).

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Levitt was one of the great TV Characters of the 70's and 80's. Very similar to the 2nd tier players on Seinfeld like Puddy and Peterman. He became a bigger character in the later years of the show, and the show was better for it. RIP Ron Carey.

January 22 2007 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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