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Coco davis was a fictional character featured in the pilot episode of the popular 1980s sitcom the golden girls, portrayed by charles levin. Sophia moved in after the retirement home, shady pines burned down and took over the cooking. Charles levin was chosen to play coco after playing eddie gregg on hill street. Golden girls didnt want to keep coco in a closet but it did leave its groundbreaking gay character on the cutting room floor. The first thing you should know about the first episode of the golden girls, which premiered 30 years ago to widespread acclaim, is that one of the girls in question was actually, briefly, a guy. Charles levin, who played coco the gay cook on the first episode of the golden girls, is believed to be dead at 70 years old. Living in a world without coco from the golden girls is sad enough, but the details surrounding charles death makes it even sadder. It wasnt picked up for another season because the ratings kept slipping throughout the first season, mainly because many viewers thought that without bea arthur, the show wasnt as good and didnt have the same dynamic as the golden girls. remembering charles levin and his groundbreaking gay golden girls character coco the fancy man left an important, though fleeting, mark. The pilot episode featured a flamboyantly gay cook named coco (played by charles levin) who worked for the girls. By the time the series was picked up, though, his part had been eliminated for two. The first season of hbos looking closed with the theme song from the golden girls, a testament to the 80s sitcoms enduring effect on gay men. Charles appears in the pilot episode of the golden girls as coco davis, the gay cook for the women, whose part was dropped from the series in favor of further development of the sophia petrillo character, which was played by estelle getty, whereas many of the funny, acerbic, witty lines which would have been meant for the coco part would now be rewritten and fall upon the sophia character.