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Amram Ducovny, 75, an author and father of actor David Duchovny, died of heart disease Aug. 23 in Paris, his daughter said Tuesday.

Mr. Ducovny, who published a lauded first novel at age 73, adopted Paris as his home about 10 years ago. He dropped the "h" from the original spelling of his name.

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His novel, Coney, was a semi-autobiographical account of an adolescent's lurid adventures among Coney Island misfits on the eve of World War II. His New York agent, Andrew Blauner, said Mr. Ducovny finished a sequel, titled A Lifetime is Once, but didn't know if the manuscript would be published.

Mr. Ducovny also wrote 10 nonfiction books, including David Ben-Gurion: In His Own Words, How to Shoot a Jewish Western, and The Wisdom of Spiro T. Agnew, a humorous, illustrated collection of quotes. A play, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, ran for a short time off Broadway in 1967 and was adapted for a television movie.

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Rand Brooks, 84, an actor who played Scarlett O'Hara's shy first husband in Gone With the Wind, died of cancer Monday in Santa Ynez, Calif.

Mr. Brooks endeared himself to Western fans of the 1940s and '50s as sidekick Lucky Jenkins in the Hopalong Cassidy movies and Cpl. Randy Boone in the TV series Rin Tin Tin.

After leaving show business, he was a private ambulance provider in Los Angeles County.


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