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GORSKI'S CLAIM TO FAME COUNTY EXEC, OR ERSATZ ROBERT DUVALL?

LET'S SAY they're planning a sequel to the movie "Tender Mercies," and Robert Duvall isn't available.

Who's the logical second choice? Why, Dennis Gorski, of course.

The Erie County executive is shaking his head in wonder over two recent incidents in which he was mistaken for the well-known actor.

The first case of mistaken identity occurred at the Albany County Airport on Wednesday, when a fellow passenger tapped him on the shoulder and asked if he was Duvall.

Gorski, who had never before been confused with the actor, laughed it off.

"I thought it was pretty strange," Gorski said. "I don't think there's much of a resemblance, except our hairlines."

Then, less then 24 hours later, Gorski was presenting singer Billy Joel with a commemorative county plate before his Thursday night show at Memorial Auditorium.

Joel took one look at Gorski and immediately remarked on the resemblance.

"I handed him the plate and he says, 'This guy is Robert Duvall,' " Gorski said. "I almost fell over. This is getting weird."

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