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David William Duchovny is an American actor, writer and director

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BirthdayAugust 7, 1960
NationalityAmerican
FamousJewish Actors, Princeton University, Yale University, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
SpousesTéa Leoni
SiblingsDaniel Duchovny, Laurie Duchovny
Known asDavid William Duchovny
Childrens Kyd Miller Duchovny, Madelaine West Duchovny
Universities
  • Princeton University,Yale University
  • Princeton University (1982)
  • Collegiate School
  • Yale University
  • Grace Church School
Notable Alumnis
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University
Birth PlaceBrooklyn
ReligionJewish
Height184cm
GenderMale
FatherAmram Ducovny
MotherMargaret Ducovny
Net Worth$60 million as of April 30,2017
Sun SignLeo
Born inBrooklyn

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Who is David Duchovny?

It is difficult to imagine ‘The X-Files’ without the paranormal-obsessed FBI agent ‘Fox Mulder’. The show gained cult status and David Duchovny, who played the character of Mulder, identified with his character even in real life. He quit his Ph.D. at Yale University to pursue a career in film and television. After a few average movies, he finally gained popularity with ‘The X-Files’; a horror-drama show. The series gave him a big break and he was idolized by viewers and pop-culture enthusiasts. Agent Mulder’s character gave him such fame that the actor could not find better work which would give him the same appreciation and popularity. Finally, after quitting the show, he worked in a number of films and television series and even tried his hand at direction with ‘House of D’. However, he did not gain the same commercial success. He was finally noticed again for his role as ‘Hank Moody’ in the TV series, ‘Californication’. The show, following the life of a womanizing writer, became an instant hit with its unusual humour and his brilliant acting won him a prestigious award.

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Childhood & Early Life

David William Duchovny was born in New York City to Margaret ‘Meg’ and Amram ‘Ami’ Duchovny. Margaret, a Lutheran migrant, was a school teacher and administrator and Amram was a writer and publicist working for the American Jewish Committee.

His parents got divorced and he stayed in Manhattan with his siblings. He later earned a scholarship to The Collegiate School For Boys, Manhattan. He graduated as class valedictorian, in 1978.

He then attended Princeton University, where he earned a BA in English Literature in 1982.

He received a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Yale University and started working on his PhD under popular literary critic, Harold Bloom. However, he left his PhD to pursue a career in films and television.

Career

In 1987, Duchovny first appeared in the ‘Lowenbrau’ beer advertisement. The following year, he was seen in ‘Working Girl’ only for two scenes.

From 1991 to 1992, he played the role of a DEA agent in the series ‘Twin peaks’ and was also seen as a host in the TV series, ‘Red Shoe Diaries’.

He then appeared in Richard Attenborough’s film ‘Chaplin’ based on the life of Charlie Chaplin, in 1992. This year, he did several other films like ‘Ruby’, ‘Beethoven’, and ‘Venice/Venice’. He also appeared in the television-film, ‘Baby Snatcher’.

From 1993, he starred in the critically acclaimed and hugely popular TV series ‘The X-Files’, playing the character of FBI Special Agent, Fox Mulder. The same year, he appeared in the thriller ‘Kalifornia’, alongside Brad Pitt.

From 1995-1996, he appeared in ‘The Larry Sanders Show’. His performance as a guest actor, earned him a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award.

In 1996, he played the character of ‘Handsome Alvin’ on the TV series ‘Space: Above and Beyond’.

He lent his voice for an episode of ‘The Springfield Files’ for ‘The Simpsons’, the following year.

His film ‘The X-Files: Fight the Future’ was released in 1998. The movie was an adaption of the popular television series.

In 2000, he appeared in the film ‘Return to Me’. He also appeared on ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ the same year and won $32,000.

In 2001, he quit ‘X-Files’ due to some contract disputes after the end of season seven. He was seen in films like ‘Evolution’ and ‘Zoolander’ this year.

He appeared in an episode of ‘Sex and the City’ in 2003 playing the character of Carrie Bradshaw’s high-school boyfriend, Jeremy.

In 2005, he wrote, directed and acted in the film ‘House of D’ which also starred his wife. The film received poor reviews. He also lent his voice for the video game ‘Area 51’.

Over the next two years, he worked in several films like ‘Queer Duck: the Movie’, ‘The TV Set’, ‘The Secret’ and ‘Quantum Hoops’. In 2007, he made a big comeback with the award-winning TV series, ‘Californication’.

In 2008, he appeared in the second instalment of the X-Files movies, ‘The X-Files: I Want to Believe’. The following year, he was featured in the film ‘The Joneses’.

In 2012, he played the character of the Goat Man in the film, ‘Goats’.

He appeared in the film Phantom in 2013 and is presently working on ‘Louder Than Words’ and ‘Relative Insanity’.

Major Works

After several appearances on TV and films, Duchovny gained popularity with the TV series ‘The X-Files’. His award winning character was not only lauded critically but the show also gained cult status and was eventually adapted into films.

‘Californication’ is clearly his magnum opus in which he played the character of ‘Hank Moody’, the novelist who turns to sex, drugs and rock to ease his troubled life. The show has garnered a lot of popularity and has also earned him a number of awards and nominations.

Awards & Achievements

In 1996, Duchovny won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama for his performance in ‘The X-Files’.

He won his second Golden Globe in 2007 for Best performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy for his hugely popular show ‘Californication’.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1997, Duchovny married actress Tea Leoni and they have two children— Madelaine West Duchovny and Kyd Miller Duchovny.

In 2008, Duchovny went into rehabilitation to treat his ‘sex addiction’. The same year, it was announced that he and Leoni had separated for a few months. After several rumours of his affair, Duchovny and Leoni came back together but separated in 2011.

Trivia

This popular TV actor of the ‘Californication’ fame was a vegetarian and is now, a pescetarian.

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David Duchovny awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

2008Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalCalifornication (2007)
1997Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaThe X Files (1993)

David Duchovny biography timelines

  • // 7th Aug 1960
    David William Duchovny was born in New York City to Margaret ‘Meg’ and Amram ‘Ami’ Duchovny. Margaret, a Lutheran migrant, was a school teacher and administrator and Amram was a writer and publicist working for the American Jewish Committee.
  • // 1978
    His parents got divorced and he stayed in Manhattan with his siblings. He later earned a scholarship to The Collegiate School For Boys, Manhattan. He graduated as class valedictorian, in 1978.
  • // 1982
    He then attended Princeton University, where he earned a BA in English Literature in 1982.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, Duchovny first appeared in the ‘Lowenbrau’ beer advertisement. The following year, he was seen in ‘Working Girl’ only for two scenes.
  • // 1991 To 1992
    From 1991 to 1992, he played the role of a DEA agent in the series ‘Twin peaks’ and was also seen as a host in the TV series, ‘Red Shoe Diaries’.
  • // 1992
    He then appeared in Richard Attenborough’s film ‘Chaplin’ based on the life of Charlie Chaplin, in 1992. This year, he did several other films like ‘Ruby’, ‘Beethoven’, and ‘Venice/Venice’. He also appeared in the television-film, ‘Baby Snatcher’.
  • // 1993
    From 1993, he starred in the critically acclaimed and hugely popular TV series ‘The X-Files’, playing the character of FBI Special Agent, Fox Mulder. The same year, he appeared in the thriller ‘Kalifornia’, alongside Brad Pitt.
  • // 1995 To 1996
    From 1995-1996, he appeared in ‘The Larry Sanders Show’. His performance as a guest actor, earned him a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he played the character of ‘Handsome Alvin’ on the TV series ‘Space: Above and Beyond’.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, Duchovny won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama for his performance in ‘The X-Files’.
  • // 1997
    He lent his voice for an episode of ‘The Springfield Files’ for ‘The Simpsons’, the following year.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, Duchovny married actress Tea Leoni and they have two children— Madelaine West Duchovny and Kyd Miller Duchovny.
  • // 1998
    His film ‘The X-Files: Fight the Future’ was released in 1998. The movie was an adaption of the popular television series.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he appeared in the film ‘Return to Me’. He also appeared on ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ the same year and won $32,000.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, he quit ‘X-Files’ due to some contract disputes after the end of season seven. He was seen in films like ‘Evolution’ and ‘Zoolander’ this year.
  • // 2003
    He appeared in an episode of ‘Sex and the City’ in 2003 playing the character of Carrie Bradshaw’s high-school boyfriend, Jeremy.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he wrote, directed and acted in the film ‘House of D’ which also starred his wife. The film received poor reviews. He also lent his voice for the video game ‘Area 51’.
  • // 2007
    Over the next two years, he worked in several films like ‘Queer Duck: the Movie’, ‘The TV Set’, ‘The Secret’ and ‘Quantum Hoops’. In 2007, he made a big comeback with the award-winning TV series, ‘Californication’.
  • // 2007
    He won his second Golden Globe in 2007 for Best performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy for his hugely popular show ‘Californication’.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he appeared in the second instalment of the X-Files movies, ‘The X-Files: I Want to Believe’. The following year, he was featured in the film ‘The Joneses’.
  • // 2008 To 2011
    In 2008, Duchovny went into rehabilitation to treat his ‘sex addiction’. The same year, it was announced that he and Leoni had separated for a few months. After several rumours of his affair, Duchovny and Leoni came back together but separated in 2011.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he played the character of the Goat Man in the film, ‘Goats’.
  • // 2013
    He appeared in the film Phantom in 2013 and is presently working on ‘Louder Than Words’ and ‘Relative Insanity’.

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David Duchovny's FAQ

  • What is David Duchovny birthday?

    David Duchovny was born at 1960-08-07

  • Where is David Duchovny's birth place?

    David Duchovny was born in Brooklyn

  • What is David Duchovny nationalities?

    David Duchovny's nationalities is American

  • Who is David Duchovny spouses?

    David Duchovny's spouses is Téa Leoni

  • Who is David Duchovny siblings?

    David Duchovny's siblings is Daniel Duchovny, Laurie Duchovny

  • Who is David Duchovny childrens?

    David Duchovny's childrens is Kyd Miller Duchovny, Madelaine West Duchovny

  • What was David Duchovny universities?

    David Duchovny studied at Princeton University,Yale University, Princeton University (1982), Collegiate School, Yale University, Grace Church School

  • What was David Duchovny notable alumnis?

    David Duchovny's notable alumnis is Princeton University, Yale University

  • What is David Duchovny's religion?

    David Duchovny's religion is Jewish

  • How tall is David Duchovny?

    David Duchovny's height is 184

  • Who is David Duchovny's father?

    David Duchovny's father is Amram Ducovny

  • Who is David Duchovny's mother?

    David Duchovny's mother is Margaret Ducovny

  • What is David Duchovny's sun sign?

    David Duchovny is Leo