David William Duchovny, born August 7, 1960, is an American actor, writer, director, and producer popularly known for his roles as FBI Agent Fox Mulder and writer Hank Moody on the T.V. series “The X-Files” and “Californication,” respectively. He is a brilliant actor as well as a novelist and he has released several books including “Truly like Lightning,” “Miss Subways,” and “Holy Cow.” His new book “The Reservoir,” is set for release on June 7, 2022. He has a booming career, and we are celebrating him here on this special day.
Born to Amram Ducovny and his wife Meg in 1960, David Ducovny was the second child of three. He had an older brother named Daniel, and a younger sister named Laurie. His father Amram, removed the ‘h’ in his last name to curtail mispronunciations he faced while serving in the army. Born to a Jewish father and Lutheran mother, Duchovny was schooled at The Collegiate School for Boys in Manhattan, and then attended Princeton University, where he played basketball and graduated with an A.B. in English literature. He went on to obtain a Master of Arts in English Literature from Yale University and studied to earn a Ph.D. However, he didn’t complete his studies, and his doctoral thesis remains uncompleted.
He first appeared on T.V. in an advertisement for ‘Löwenbräu’ beer in 1987. He then played the role of Tess’ friend in the movie “Working Girl” in 1988. He had a couple of other roles in the series “Twin Peaks” as Denise Bryson, a transgender D.E.A. agent; and Rollie Totheroh in “Chaplin,” based on the life of Charlie Chaplin between 1990 and 1992. He landed his breakthrough role in 1993 when he played FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder in “The X-Files.” In that same year, he was cast in the film “Kalifornia,” alongside Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis. He also provided the voice for a parody of his Mulder character in an episode of the comedy series “The Simpsons,” titled “The Springfield Files.”
Duchovny has been nominated for four Emmy Awards, and guest-hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice in 1995 and 1998 respectively. He played the role of Hank Moody, a troubled novelist from 2007 to 2014 in the series, “Californication,” and received a Golden Globe Award in 2007 for his performance. After featuring in several other films and shows, he put his acting career on hold in 2017, to focus on being a novelist and musician.
Duchovny tied the knot with actress Téa Leoni in 1997, and their union produced two children named Madelaine West and Kyd Miller. Sadly, the couple parted ways in 2008, and he underwent treatment for sex addiction later that year. Duchovny and Leoni reunited but then separated again in 2011. The settlement terms for their separation were agreed upon in August, after Duchovny filed for divorce in June, that year. He is a pescatarian and a strong supporter of environmentalism.
He features in a commercial for ‘Löwenbräu’ beer.
He marks his spot on the map when he lands a leading role in the “X-Files,” from 1993 to 2002, with a brief hiatus in 2001.
He wins the Most Popular Actor award for his role in “The X-Files,” at the National T.V. Awards, and is also nominated for the Best Actor award at the Golden Globe Awards.
He wins the award for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama at the Satellite Awards.
For his leading role in “Californication,” Duchovny wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor — Television Series Musical or Comedy.
Duchovny releases his first music album, “Hell or Highwater,” containing 12 songs o May 12, 2015.
He decides to focus on songwriting/singing and writing books, so he takes a break from acting.
He returns to acting, playing the role of Adam Harrison in “The Craft: Legacy.”
Why We Love David Duchovny
He is very modest about his appearance
Duchovny has been quoted saying “I think I'm nice enough to look at, but I think people make a big deal about my appearance.” He has very nice-looking features, but he’d rather not focus on them.
He is a talented and educated actor
Besides being a brilliant actor behind the camera, Duchovny obtained his Master's Degree at Yale University which is no small feat. Little wonder his books are a massive success.
He loves dogs
He loves dogs and reportedly hated making the scene where he had to attack a dog mauling his character, Agent Mulder. He also launched a ‘Lick My Face’ campaign to support Target Zero, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting animals in shelters all over the US.
5 Surprising Facts
Schoolmates with John F. Kennedy Jr.
He was a classmate of John F. Kennedy Jr., son of the 35th U.S. President at The Collegiate School for Boys.
He joined an eating club at Princeton
He joined the Princeton Charter Club, one of the universities’ undergraduate eating clubs.
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”
He was on the celebrity edition of the show in May 2000, where he won a total of $32,000.
He loves electric vehicle technology
He is a proud fan of electric vehicle technology, and he was present at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to support the film “Revenge of the Electric Car.”
He is allergic to metal
Due to his allergic reactions to metal, he was prevented from wearing his wedding ring while married to Leoni.
David Duchovny FAQs
Did David Duchovny write a book?
Duchovny has authored five books in total: “Holy Cow” (2015), “Bucky F*cking Dent” (2016), “Miss Subways: A novel” (2018), and “Turly Like Lightning,” and “The Reservoir” (2021).
Where does the name Duchovny come from?
Duchovny is of Jewish origin, and the literal meaning of his name is ‘Clergyman.’
Why did Duchovny go to rehab?
The actor checked himself into a rehabilitation center to undergo treatment for sex addiction.
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