The Levin, 78, who also wrote for television and Broadway, passed away in his Manhattan apartment on Monday.
Long before authors like Stephen King routinely had their books turned into movies, Levin watched his novels move to the big screen. Besides Rosemary's Baby with Farrow and The Boys From Brazil with Olivier, Levin's novels The Stepford Wives, Sliver and A Kiss Before Dying all received the Hollywood treatment. His long running 1978 play Deathtrap was also made into a Sidney Lumet-directed film.
Levin's page turning books were once compared by Newsweek writer Peter S. Frescott to a bag of popcorn: "Utterly without nutritive value and probably fattening, yet there's no way to stop once you've started."