Today’s Match Game Contestant Is… John Levinson!

Says John: “I’m a professional golfer so having the best golf driver matters to me; plus I also teach and play bridge and backgammon. My handicap right now I think is “Johnny Miller.” I was on the tour for three years and I had to drop off. I had an operation on my hand this summer in Los Angeles and I’m going to start playing again this summer.”

Year or Appearance: 1975

Total Winnings: $100

And I didn’t understand the Johnny Miller reference so I had to look here.

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13 thoughts on “Today’s Match Game Contestant Is… John Levinson!

  • March 12, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Tiger. Woods he is not….

  • July 27, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Funny, i googled his name after seeing him on his third day on Match Game because he was such a cutie patootie. Hottness in the 70s.

  • October 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I happened to see a rerun of the MatchGame show, too. When I googled the name, this site came up plus a press clipping from May 1975 saying he died in a car accident. : (

  • November 16, 2017 at 7:46 am


    I’m VERY confused! I found a John Levinson who was a golfer and lawyer who died in 1974 at the age of 59. It said he was the original intended victim of Leopold and Loeb. This gentleman doesn’t look 59 anyway.

  • November 16, 2017 at 9:47 am

    @debbie – I have never understood it either. The best I can figure is that there were two John Levinsons and both had something to do with golf. One died in 1974, and this one appeared on Match Game. In any event, I get a ton of traffic from this post, and no matter which John Levinson brings people here, I can’t see that either was popular enough to generate such a level of web interest.

  • June 4, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    The John who died in 1974 had a son also named John. I think this dude is the son.

  • August 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    John o Levinson the lawyer/amateur golfer died in 1974…..john w Levinson pro golfer and match game contestant died in may 1975 in a six car crash. It must of been not too long after his match game appearance

  • October 3, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    It was his father that died, also a golfer. It was a car accident the year before this Match Game was made.

  • February 26, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    The John Levinson that died was 32 and the one that was on Match Game he died in the crash not long after his Match Game appearance.

  • February 27, 2019 at 12:05 am

    I can (just about) verify that the John Levinson on Match Game ’75 is the one that perished in a May 29, 1975 car accident in Chicago.

    While there was another John Levinson who was a golfer (his father, because the obit mentions a son also in Chicago with the same name), the articles on the car accident that I’ve found mention in detail that he had an issue with his broken hand, presumably the same one he mentioned his operation on. Also, these Match Games were taped in February of ’75, while the wreck was at the end of May.

    At least he tried to get back on tour; he failed on his attempt to qualify for that year’s US Open, according to the articles on his passing.

  • February 27, 2019 at 12:10 am

    PS: can now confirm. Another article on the death mentions his father specifically; it is the one that died the previous year.

  • February 27, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Both died. Father and son. Father died in ’74 and the Match Game contestant died in May of ’75 about 2 months after his Match Game appearance. I just watched the episode and looked him up because he said he was a pro golfer. I think this is why this post has a lot of traffic.

  • March 3, 2019 at 9:23 am

    The 59 yr old John Levinson was the Father, he was an Atty and Amateur Golfer. The 32 yr old John Levinson was the Son, he was a Pro Golfer who appeared on Match Game in March of 1975, on the day the clocks were changed and Gary Berghoff overslept because of that and Johnny Olsen had to sit in for him until he got there. Anyhow, this John Levinson was then killed less then 2 months later on May 30, 1975 in a 6 vehicle pileup accident of 2 trucks and 4 cars in Chicago. He was just getting back into the game after breaking his hand three years prior, but at this time he had failed to qualify for the US Open, and then was killed.

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