Prior to beginning his film career, Leven earned a graduate degree in Child Psychology from Harvard and was a Fellow in the Department of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Medical School. He also served on the faculty of Harvard, was a hospital psychologist in Massachusetts and was the Director of Youth, Drug Treatment and Methadone Programs for Western Massachusetts.
In 1968, he founded, wrote and directed The Proposition, a satirical revue, which ran for ten years in Boston and four off-Broadway. To put himself through graduate school, he authored the books Creator, and the critically acclaimed Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S, the latter of which has become standard reading in university contemporary fiction courses. He later adapted Creator into a screenplay for a film of the same name, directed by Ivan Passar and starring Peter O'Toole and Mariel Hemingway. Leven also co-wrote Playing for Keeps, directed by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and starring Marissa Tomei.
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|Birthplace||South Bend, Indiana, USA|