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Also Known As: David William Duchovny Died:
Born: August 7, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, model, director, meat delivery person, bartender, caterer, English teacher, life guard

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Actor David Duchovny rose to fame in the early 1990s as paranormal-obsessed FBI agent Fox Mulder on the hit television series "The X-Files" (1993-2002). Duchovny's understated but convincing delivery - no small feat in the face of the show's far out UFO/government conspiracy subject matter - helped make him an idol among TV viewers and pop culture aficionados. Such was the public's identification of the actor as Agent Mulder, Duchovny struggled to find a project with a similarly wide audience after departing his still popular show in 2001. Regardless, he kept busy with a wide variety of films and television shows, including "House of D" (2005), which he wrote and directed, and the Showtime series "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ), but it was the paranoid FBI agent with an affinity for sunflower seeds who would remain his most compelling creation.

Actor David Duchovny rose to fame in the early 1990s as paranormal-obsessed FBI agent Fox Mulder on the hit television series "The X-Files" (1993-2002). Duchovny's understated but convincing delivery - no small feat in the face of the show's far out UFO/government conspiracy subject matter - helped make him an idol among TV viewers and pop culture aficionados. Such was the public's identification of the actor as Agent Mulder, Duchovny struggled to find a project with a similarly wide audience after departing his still popular show in 2001. Regardless, he kept busy with a wide variety of films and television shows, including "House of D" (2005), which he wrote and directed, and the Showtime series "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ), but it was the paranoid FBI agent with an affinity for sunflower seeds who would remain his most compelling creation.

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DIRECTOR:

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  House of D (2004) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Phantom (2013)
2.
 After the Fall (2013)
3.
 Goats (2012)
4.
 Joneses, The (2009)
6.
 Secret, The (2008)
7.
 Quantum Hoops (2007)
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 TV Set, The (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Taught English at Yale while working on his PhD; first became involved in acting there
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First professional assignment, a Lowenbrau beer commercial
1987:
Left academia to pursue acting
1988:
Feature acting debut, "Working Girl"
1989:
First film with Henry Jaglom, "New Year's Day"
1989:
Moved to Los Angeles from New York
1990:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Twin Peaks" as Dennis/Denise Bryson, a cross-dressing FBI agent
1991:
First leading role in a feature, "Julia Has Two Lovers"
1991:
Played a supporting role in Michael Tolkin's brilliant, flawed tale of the coming apocalypse, "The Rapture"
1992:
Re-teamed with Jaglom for "Venice/Venice"
1992:
Portrayed a greedy yuppie in "Beethoven"
1992:
Offered a memorable turn as cameraman Rollie Totheroh in Sir Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin"
1992:
Narrated the Showime series, "The Red Shoe Diaries"; also directed episodes
1993:
Acted alongside Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis and Michelle Forbes in Dominique Sena's "Kalifornia"
1993:
Co-starred in FOX's paranormal series "The X-Files" as FBI special agent Fox Mulder; also provided the story for a handful of episodes; wrote and directed the episode 'The Unnatural' (1999); had a reduced role for the final two seasons
1997:
Voiced Mulder for an episode of Fox's animated "The Simpsons"
1997:
Returned to features as the lead in "Playing God"
1998:
Spoofed his image and Sharon Stone's famous scene in "Basic Instinct" in the final episode of HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show"
1998:
Reprised role of Mulder for the feature film "The X-Files"
2000:
Starred opposite Minnie Driver in the romantic comedy "Return to Me"; co-written and directed by Bonnie Hunt
2001:
Co-starred with Julianne Moore and Orlando Jones in the screen comedy "Evolution"
2002:
Appeared in the Steven Soderbergh directed "Full Frontal"
2003:
Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor for his role in "Life With Bonnie" (ABC)
2005:
Made feature writing and directing debut (also starred) with "House of D"; co-starred Robin Williams and wife Tea Leoni
2006:
Co-starred as Julianne Moore's househusband who's obsessed with sex in Bart Freundlich's "Trust the Man"
2007:
Cast in the network satire "The TV Set" directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Sigourney Weaver
2007:
Played Hank Moody, a troubled novelist in the Showtime series, "Californication"; earned Golden Globe (2008, 2009) and SAG (2009) nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy series
2008:
Reprised role of Agent Fox Mulder for "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" the second feature based on the popular series
2010:
Co-starred with Demi Moore in the independent comedy "The Joneses"
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Education

Downtown Community School: New York , New York -
Collegiate School: New York , New York - 1973 - 1978
Princeton University: Princeton , New Jersey - 1982
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1987

Notes

"If I have a morality about performance, it's kind of a Protestant one, It's not celebratory; sometimes I wish it was more that way. When I look at my wife [Tea Leoni] I see a physical expression of acting that is fun. Or when I look at an actor like Al Pacino or Nicolas Cage or John Travolta. And given the chance, I'd like to try that, because I recognize the joy in the performance. But my natural inclination is to keep it real, and to try at all costs to hide, which is what people do [in real life]."---David Duchovny quoted in Vanity Fair, June 1998.

About his awareness that some fans resent that he has never appeared at an X-Files convention (as did co-star Gillian Anderson) and think of him as ungrateful: "Unfortunately, the possibility is that they see me as aloof. My feeling is that I make the show, and that takes so much time and so much energy, and that's a gift, even though I'm compensated for it. That's my gift to the fans and that's where I'd like it to end."---Duchovny quoted in the London Times, August 11, 1998.

"All the reasons I had for getting into acting were mercenary. I wanted to have fun and make some money. But once I started classes I realized it was something I could enjoy on a spiritual and emotional level. In those classes you get to scream and laugh and cry and I guess because I'd come from a strict academic environment it was really liberating.

"You can do the most powerful things and not have to pay for it, you can sleep with your neighbour's wife or kill someone and you don't have to get beaten up for it or go to jail."---Duchovny to Martyn Palmer in the London Times, August 17, 1998.

"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."---Duchovny downplaying his education, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1999.

In the 1999 online voting for the first annual TV Guide Awards, Duchovny was cited as Best-Dressed Male and Sexiest Male.

Duchovny filed a lawsuit in August 1999 claiming that 20th Century Fox had cheated him out of millions of dollars in profits from the syndication rights to "The X-Files"

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly (September 3, 1999), he explained his reasons for the lawsuit: "I've fulfilled my contract and I want them to fulfill theirs."

Singer Bree Sharp wrote a song called "David Duchovny"; Production assistants on "The X-Files" made a mock video of the song with celebrities like Brad Pitt, Pamela Anderson Lee, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Whoopi Goldberg, Janeane Garofalo and George Clooney.

"Before I jumped into the next 10 years of my life, I really wanted to do something new, something that would challenge me," he says. "And now that I've got kids, there's something else that's important, so failing doesn't feel as horrific."---Duchovny on writting and directing his first feature "House of D" to People, April 25, 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Perrey Reeves. Actor. Together from 1993 to 1995.
wife:
Tea Leoni. Actor. Married on May 6, 1997 in the courtyard of NYC's Grace Church School where Duchovny's mother worked.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Amram Duchovny. Retired publicist; playwright. Divorced from Duchovny's mother c. 1971; living in Paris c. 1998; originally from Coney Island, Brooklyn.
mother:
Margaret Duchovny. School administrator. Divorced from Duchovny's father c. 1971; born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland.
brother:
Daniel Duchovny. Commercials director, actor. Older.
sister:
Laurie Duchovny. Teacher. Younger.
daughter:
Madelaine West Duchovny. Born on April 24, 1999; mother, Tea Leoni.
son:
Kyd Miller Duchovny. Born on June 15, 2002; mother Tea Leoni.
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