David Duchovny
American actor
David Duchovny
David William Duchovny is an American actor, writer, and director. He is best known for playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed series "The Shell," Fox Mulder on The X-Files and Hank Moody on Californication, both of which have earned him Golden Globe awards.
Biography
David Duchovny's personal information overview.
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This Is What The Golden Globe Awards Looked Like In 1997
Huffington Post - about 2 months
With the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards just around the corner, we’re feeling a little nostalgic for the ceremony’s past.  To get ourselves in the mood to for this year’s show ― and to prepare for the onslaught of award shows to come ―  we’re taking a virtual trip back to 1997. It was a year of sunglasses on the red carpet (we see you, Christine Baranski!), Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s love and George Clooney on crutches. It was also the year when “The X-Files” swept  the TV categories. The sci-fi show won Best Series, Drama, and its two leads, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, took home top honors for their acting. It was also the year Madonna earned a Globe for her role in “Evita,” and Tom Cruise beat out Nathan Lane for the Best Actor award in the Musical or Comedy category. To find out who wins big this year, watch the Golden Globes ― hosted by Jimmy Fallon ― this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.  Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nosta ...
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Candle Cafe's Co-Founder Bart Potenza Talks Health, Veganism And Saying Yes
Huffington Post - 4 months
I met up with Bart Potenza, the founder of the vegan restaurant Candle Cafe, at his Upper East Side locale. Bart has a warm, jovial and energetic presence despite being almost 80 years old ("80 going on 60" he tells me). Along with his wife Joy Pierson, who co-founded the restaurant with him back in 1993, they are frequent fixtures at their upper east side cafe (they also own the sister restaurant on the upper west side and the upscale Candle 79). As we sit down at a high-top table in the front of the restaurant, Bart mentions that he recently had a hairline wrist fracture, and surprised the doctors by being mostly healed after four weeks, one of the many health benefits he credits to his vegan lifestyle ("In 30 years, I've had the flu only twice" he states proudly). The place is bustling with the dinner crowd, and Bart leans over and points out some of his long-standing customers to me, who often sit alongside famous faces like Gloria Steinem, David Duchovny, and Alicia Silvers ...
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Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk: 'Summer of Dreams' and more
LATimes - 6 months
SERIES Aquarius This 1960s-set crime drama, starring David Duchovny (“The X-Files”) as an LAPD detective on the trail of cult leader Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony), is back with a pair of new episodes; Grey Damon and Emma Dumont also star. 9 and 10 p.m. NBC Boston EMS This docu-series about paramedics...
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David Duchovny Wants You To Film Your Dog Licking Your Face
Huffington Post - 8 months
This isn’t just fluff. David Duchovny launched the #LickMyFace campaign on Wednesday, with a video of him spreading organic peanut butter all over his face in order to entice his rescue dog, Brick, to lick it. For every lick from Brick, Duchovny will donate $1 to Target Zero -- a nonprofit that mentors shelters, city by city, by teaching them the best practices to become “zero kill” or no-kill, meaning they will no longer euthanize healthy or treatable animals. Take, for example, Waco, Texas, which in 2012, euthanized close to 6,000 dogs and cats. After going through Target Zero’s program, it was on pace to save nearly 90 percent of the animals in its public shelter by the end of 2015. “What they do really works and it works fast,” Duchovny told The Huffington Post. “That's a lot of lives saved.”  The program has also been successful in Huntsville, Alabama, and other “Fellow Cities” (or cities enrolled in the program), including Nashville, Tennessee, El P ...
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David Duchovny On Baseball And How 'X-Files' Made Him A Better Writer
NPR - 10 months
The co-star of the X-Files discusses his novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, about a son reuniting with his absentee father. Duchovny earned a master's degree in literature before starting his TV career.
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Hollywood star is out there for 'X Files' actor Duchovny
Reuters.com - about 1 year
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor David Duchovny, best known for his role as Fox Mulder in sci-fi television show "The X-Files" has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the 2,572nd on the famed boulevard.
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Monday's TV highlights: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and more
LATimes - about 1 year
SERIES Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rebecca (Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom) rents a party bus for a group outing to the beach on the return of this kooky musical sitcom. 8 p.m. KTLA The X-Files Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson) probe a scientist's suicide in the conclusion of the rebooted...
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Mulder And Scully On Why The World Is Ready For An 'X-Files' Reboot
NPR - about 1 year
"People want a villain," says actor David Duchovny. "They want a reason, they want a cabal, they want a conspiracy." He and Gillian Anderson co-star in six new episodes of The X-Files.
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'X-Files' Creator: 'I Thought The FBI Was Going To Shut Me Down'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Alien conspiracies, monsters, cryptids, mutants, paranormal phenomena -- just a typical day for the fictional FBI agents of "The X-Files." But how close to fiction was it? Creator, writer and director Chris Carter tells a real-life tale about the show in its early days that's worthy of the show's catchphrase, "The truth is out there." "I had someone come up to me during the original run of the series, who said they worked in some high place in a secret government agency, [and] said that we were very close to the truth," Carter told The Huffington Post. "I didn't know whether to take that person at their word or not. I can tell you this: When I wrote the [1993] pilot, I called the FBI to do some research, and they were nice enough, but didn't really give me the time of day. "Then, all of a sudden, as we got close to airing, the FBI called and said, 'Who are you and what are you doing?' And for a second, I thought it was going to be the long arm of the law coming in to s ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Duchovny
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 54
    On May 12, 2015, Duchovny released his first music album named Hell or Highwater, which consists of 12 songs.
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    Duchovny wrote his first book in 2015, titled Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale ISBN 0-37-417207-2.
    More Details Hide Details His second novel is Bucky F*cking Dent (Spring 2016)
    Duchovny has a B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University, an M.A. in English Literature from Yale University, and has since published two books, Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale in 2015 and Bucky F*cking Dent in 2016.
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    As of May 2015, he has been executive producing and starring in the historically based cop drama Aquarius.
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    In March 2015, Duchovny was announced as returning in a six-episode continuation of The X-Files.
    More Details Hide Details It premiered on January 24th, 2016, on FOX.
  • 2014
    Age 53
    In March 2014, NBC announced that a new TV series, entitled Aquarius, would be produced starring Duchovny.
    More Details Hide Details Duchovny portrays a 1960s police sergeant investigating small-time criminal and budding cult leader Charles Manson.
  • 2012
    Age 51
    In 2012, he declared he was still married to her, though they were separated. Their divorce was finalized in June 2014.
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  • 2011
    Age 50
    After getting back together, Duchovny and Leoni once again split on June 29, 2011.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 47
    On August 28, 2008, Duchovny announced that he had checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for treating sex addiction.
    More Details Hide Details On October 15, Duchovny's and Leoni's representatives issued a statement revealing they had separated several months earlier. A week later, Duchovny's lawyer said that he planned to sue the Daily Mail over an article it ran that claimed he had had an affair with Hungarian tennis instructor Edit Pakay while married to Leoni, a claim that Duchovny has denied. On November 15, 2008, the Daily Mail retracted their claims.
  • 2007
    Age 46
    Duchovny is a former vegetarian and, as of 2007, is a pescetarian.
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  • 2005
    Age 44
    In 2005 Duchovny, who had already made his directorial debut with an episode of The X-Files, wrote, directed, and appeared in the feature film House of D.
    More Details Hide Details The film starred Anton Yelchin, Robin Williams, and Duchovny's wife Téa Leoni in a coming-of-age tale. It received mostly poor reviews and little box office success. Duchovny also directed "Judas on a Pole", an episode of Bones, during the show's second season. Duchovny has played Hank Moody, a troubled, womanizing, novelist in Showtime's series Californication. The portrayal landed him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical in 2007.
  • 2003
    Age 42
    In 2003 Duchovny starred in the 84th episode of the HBO show Sex and the City.
    More Details Hide Details He played the role of Jeremy, Carrie Bradshaw's high-school ex-boyfriend, who has committed himself to a Connecticut mental health facility.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 39
    He appeared in a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in May 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He got to the $250,000 question, but answered his $500,000 question incorrectly and lost $218,000, leaving him with $32,000. He appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy! in 1995 and 2010. Duchovny provided the voice of Ethan Cole in the 2005 video game Area 51, as well as that of the title character "XIII" in the 2003 video game XIII.
    In 2000 he starred in the feature film Return to Me, a romantic comedy/drama directed by Bonnie Hunt and co-starring Minnie Driver and Carroll O'Connor.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, Duchovny starred as Ira Kane in the sci-fi comedy film Evolution, alongside Seann William Scott, and had a cameo as hand model J.P. Prewitt in the Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander.
  • 1999
    Age 38
    On April 24th 1999, Leoni gave birth to a daughter, Madelaine West Duchovny.
    More Details Hide Details Their second child, a son, Kyd Miller Duchovny, was born on June 15th 2002.
  • 1998
    Age 37
    Duchovny caused controversy when it became public that he was the primary reason for which filming of The X-Files series was moved from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Los Angeles in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Many residents of Vancouver were upset with Duchovny over scripted jokes on Late Night with Conan O'Brien about the city's heavy rainfall; he joked, "Vancouver is a very nice place, if you like 400 inches of rainfall a day." (Duchovny's character Mulder would later reference this joke in the Season 5 episode "Schizogeny".) He also stated, "Of course, I'm tired of the rain. But if I wasn't married to a woman that lives in L.A. I'd stay in Vancouver. It's a lovely city." During the run of The X-Files, he also made several guest appearances in the cult TV satire The Larry Sanders Show, playing himself, but adding a strong attraction to Sanders. In the final episode of the series, he performed a parody of Sharon Stone's 'flashing' scene from Basic Instinct and a parody of Dr. Hannibal Lecter being introduced to Agent Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs.
    During The X-Files run, in between the fifth and sixth seasons, Duchovny co-starred alongside Gillian Anderson in The X-Files: Fight the Future, a 1998 motion picture that continued the X-Files storyline.
    More Details Hide Details He remained with the series until quitting in 2001, partly because of a contract dispute that occurred after season seven finished filming. Duchovny appeared in half of the season eight episodes, but did not appear in season nine until the series finale in 2002. He also provided the voice for a parody of his Mulder character in, the episode "The Springfield Files" of the animated comedy series The Simpsons. Duchovny has been nominated for four Emmy Awards.
  • 1997
    Age 36
    Duchovny married actress Téa Leoni on May 13, 1997.
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  • 1993
    Age 32
    Also in 1993, Duchovny was cast alongside Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis, in the Dominic Sena-directed thriller Kalifornia.
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    In 1993, Duchovny began starring in the science fiction series The X-Files, as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder, a conspiracy theorist who believed his sister had been abducted by aliens.
    More Details Hide Details The show evolved into a cult hit and quickly became one of The Fox Network's first major television hits. According to X-Files creator Chris Carter, Duchovny turned out to be one of the best-read people he knew. After getting the role, Duchovny thought the show would not last for long or that it would not make as much impact as it did. Executive producer Frank Spotnitz called Duchovny "amazingly smart". Spotnitz further stated that Duchovny was behind some of the main characteristic ideas behind Mulder.
  • 1992
    Age 31
    In 1992, he played the role of Rollie Totheroh, in the biographic film Chaplin, directed by Richard Attenborough and based on the life of Charlie Chaplin.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 26
    Duchovny appeared in an advertisement for Löwenbräu beer in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The next year he appeared in two scenes in Working Girl (1988). He had a recurring role as a transvestite DEA agent on the series Twin Peaks and played the narrator and host in the long-running Showtime erotica/soft-core TV series Red Shoe Diaries.
  • 1982
    Age 21
    In 1982, his poetry received an honorable mention for a college prize from the Academy of American Poets.
    More Details Hide Details The title of his senior thesis was The Schizophrenic Critique of Pure Reason in Beckett's Early Novels. Duchovny played a season of junior varsity basketball as a shooting guard and centerfield for the varsity baseball team. He received a Master of Arts in English Literature from Yale University and subsequently began work on a Ph.D. that remains unfinished. The title of his uncompleted doctoral thesis was Magic and Technology in Contemporary Poetry and Prose. At Yale, he was a student of popular literary critic Harold Bloom.
    Duchovny attended Grace Church School and The Collegiate School For Boys; both are in Manhattan. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 1982 with a B.A. in English Literature.
    More Details Hide Details He was a member of Charter Club, one of the university's eating clubs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Duchovny was born in New York, New York, in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of Margaret "Meg" (née Miller), a school administrator and teacher, and Amram "Ami" Duchovny (1927–2003), a writer and publicist who worked for the American Jewish Committee. Duchovny's mother is a Lutheran emigrant from Aberdeen, Scotland. His father was Jewish; Duchovny's paternal grandfather was from Berdychiv, Russian Empire (now in Ukraine), and Duchovny's paternal grandmother was born in Russian Poland (now in Poland). His father dropped the h in his last name to avoid the sort of mispronunciations he encountered while serving in the Army.
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