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Father of Filmmaker Barry Levinson Dies

November 7, 1990

PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) _ Irvin Levinson, father of Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson and a discount furniture and appliance retailer, has died. He was 73.

Levinson, who was the role model of the character portrayed by actor Aidan Quinn in the current hit movie ″Avalon,″ died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Pikesville, a Baltimore suburb.

Born in Baltimore, Levinson attended city schools and graduated from City College in 1934. After graduation, he worked in sales positions for a variety of firms before becoming a founding partner in the Consumers Buying Association after World War II.

The company sold furniture and appliances at discount prices.

Levinson retired from that company in the early 1970s and began Truck Washing of America. He retired from its presidency five years ago, but remained active in the company.

Levinson’s son wrote and directed three nationally acclaimed movies set in Baltimore: ″Diner,″ ″Tin Men″ and ″Avalon.″

Barry Levinson also won an Oscar for directing ″Rain Man.″

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Violet Krichinsky; a daughter, Sharon Ziman of Pikesville; a brother, Herb Levinson of Rockville; and five grandchildren.

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