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Dr. Larry Becker, surgeon who was one of Barry Levinson's 'diner guys,' dies

Dr. Larry Becker, surgeon who was one of Barry Levinson's 'diner guys,' dies

Dr. Larry Becker, a well-known Baltimore orthopedic surgeon who was one of the "diner guys" made famous by Barry Levinson's 1982 film "Diner," died Friday at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., after being injured in an automobile accident.

The Pikesville resident was 77.

Dr. Becker was injured Jan. 3 when the car in which he was riding with his wife was hit by a driver who ran a red light, family members said. The accident remains under investigation by Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.

"He had it all: smart, compassionate, good looking, a terrific athlete, especially at Hopkins lacrosse," said Mr. Levinson. "A very...

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