Amram Ducovny

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Amram Ducovny
BornAmram M. Duchovny
(1927-09-11)September 11, 1927
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 23, 2003(2003-08-23) (aged 75)
Paris, France
NationalityUnited States of America
Periodc.1964–2002 (as writer)
Notable works
Notable awards

SpouseMargaret Ducovny (divorced; 3 children)
Varda Ducovny (his death)

Amram Ducovny (September 11, 1927 – August 23, 2003)[1] was an American non-fiction, play and novel writer.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Ducovny, born as Duchovny, was born and raised in New York City area. His father, Moshe Duchovny, who came to the United States in 1918, from Berdychiv, Russian Empire (now in Ukraine), was a noted Yiddish writer and journalist, who, among the others, wrote for the Morning Journal. His mother, Julia, was an immigrant from Poland. Ducovny dropped the silent "h" in his last name to avoid its mispronunciations.[3]

He graduated from New Utrecht High School and received a B.A. from New York University. First, he worked in public relations for the American Jewish Committee in New York, and until his retirement for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. In 1977, he moved to Boston and became director of public affairs for Brandeis University. From 1978 to 1982, he was the vice president for public affairs at the university.

Around 1964, he started his writing career. He wrote ten nonfiction books and a play The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald that was brought into Broadway in 1967, and was soon thereafter adapted for television.[4] In 2001, Ducovny fulfilled his lifelong dream and published a novel, Coney, that received several positive reviews. It was based on his childhood experience as a Jewish immigrant before the World War II.[5] In 2003, Ducovny died from heart disease in Paris, where he lived. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.

His son, David Duchovny, is an actor and writer.


  • Bobby Kennedy's New York (1964)
  • How to Shoot a Jewish Western (1965)
  • The establishment dictionary: From Agnew to Zsa Zsa (1966)
  • The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1967)
  • The Billion Dollar Swindle: Frauds Against the Elderly (1969)
  • The Wisdom of Spiro T. Agnew (1969) (with Peter Green)
  • David Ben-Gurion, in his own words (1969)
  • I'm in bed with the President, and Mao Tse Tung is knocking at the door (the American dream of an American girl) (1971)
  • Catalog of fantastic things, americanized by Amram M. Ducovny (1971) (with Jacques Carelman)
  • I Want to Make One Thing Perfectly Clear (1972)
  • Coney (2001)
  • Coney Island Kid (2002) (with Pierre Guglielmina)

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  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ L.A. Times
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  5. ^ "The Brooklyn Ink". Archived from the original on 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2016-02-26.