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David Duchovny
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Birthdate: August 7, 1960
Birthplace: New York, NY
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer
Quote: "If you're smart, you'll always be humble. You can learn all you want, but there'll always be somebody who's never read a book who'll know twice what you know." - Reader's Digest, June 1999
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Claim to Fame: Played FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files (1993-2000)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Téa Leoni, actress; married May 6, 1997
Perrey Reeves, actress; together 1993-95

Father: Amram Duchovny, publicist; divorced from Duchovny's mother 1971
Mother: Margaret Duchovny, teacher
Brother: Daniel Duchovny; older
Sister: Laurie Duchovny; younger
Daughter: Madelaine West Duchovny; born April 24, 1999; mother, Téa Leoni

This dark, handsome player of film and TV earned his BA at Princeton, his MA at Yale and was just a dissertation away from a PhD in English literature when he left academia for an acting career. This engaging combination of intelligence and quirkiness has informed Duchovny's best performances. He readily found acting jobs, first in commercials and then in bit parts in features as a partygoer in Working Girl (1988) and a womanizer in Henry Jaglom's New Year's Day (1989). Duchovny next moved to TV for a brief stint as Dennis/Denise Bryson, a transvestite FBI agent, on Twin Peaks.

Duchovny went on to small roles in big Hollywood productions (Beethoven and Chaplin, both 1992) and major parts in small features (The Rapture 1991 and Kalifornia 1993). Duchovny achieved cult star status with his often sardonic portrayal of FBI agent Fox 'Spooky' Mulder on The X-Files (Fox, 1993- ), a smart and genuinely creepy show about investigations into the paranormal. Duchovny invested the character with a self-deprecating charm even as he effectively conveyed his haunted quality. He reprised the role for the feature The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998). Trading on his small screen success, Duchovny starred as a disgraced doctor whose life becomes intertwined with a criminal's in the muddled noir-wannabe Playing God (1997).

When the next hiatus rolled around, there was no break from The X-Files as he and Anderson paired up for the 1998 feature film, which was hoped would spawn a movie franchise and ultimately release them from the golden ties of their series prison. There is of course the fear that audiences will never disassociate him from the Mulder character, but Duchovny remained hopeful, telling Lawrence Grobel of Movieline (July 1998): "I just have an abiding belief that talent will out. If I make it, then I have it; if I don't, then I didn't." His three guest appearances on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show touted his comic potential, and he was also able to step out of Mulder's shoes for Bonnie Hunt's romantic comedy Return to Me (2000), playing a man who falls in love with the woman who received his late wife's heart.

Red Shoe Diaries: Strip Poker
Full Frontal (2002)
Evolution (2001)
Zoolander (2001)
Return to Me (2000)
Red Shoe Diaries: Forbidden Zone (2000)
Red Shoe Diaries: Temple of Flesh (2000)
X-Files (1998)
Playing God (1997)
Kalifornia (1993)
X-Files (TV series) (1993)
Beethoven (1992)
Chaplin (1992)
Ruby (1992)
Venice / Venice (1992)
Baby Snatcher (1992)
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
Julia Has Two Lovers (1991)
The Rapture (1991)
Denial (1991)
Bad Influence (1990)
New Year's Day (1989)
Working Girl (1988)

1996: Golden Satellite: Best Actor in a Drama Series, The X-Files
1996: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama), The X-Files
1999: American Comedy Award: Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a Television Series, The Larry Sanders Show
1999: TV Guide Award: Actor in a Drama Series, The X-Files

Taught English at Yale

Princeton University, New Jersey; B.A., English Literature, 1982
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; M.A., English Literature, 1987
Worked toward Ph.D.; did not complete thesis

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