David Duchovny

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David Duchovny
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Duchovny at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Born David William Duchovny
(1960-08-07) August 7, 1960 (age 54)
New York City, New York, United States
Alma mater Princeton University (B.A., English Literature)
Yale University (M.A., English Literature)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Téa Leoni (m. 1997; div. 2014)
Children 2

David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960) is an American actor, writer, and director. He is best known for playing Fox Mulder on The X-Files and Hank Moody on Californication, both of which have earned him Golden Globe awards.[1]

Early life[edit]

Duchovny was born in New York City, New York in 1960.[2] He is the son of Margaret "Meg" (née Miller), a school administrator and teacher, and Amram "Ami" Ducovny (1927–2003),[3] a writer and publicist who worked for the American Jewish Committee.[4][5][6] Duchovny's mother is a Lutheran emigrant from Aberdeen, Scotland.[7][8][9] His father was Jewish; Duchovny's paternal grandfather was from Berdychiv (now in Ukraine, and part of the Russian Empire at the time of his immigration), and Duchovny's paternal grandmother was born in Poland.[10][11][12][13] His father dropped the h in his last name to avoid the sort of mispronunciations he encountered while serving in the Army.[4][14][15]

Education[edit]

Duchovny attended Grace Church School and The Collegiate School For Boys; both are in Manhattan. He graduated from Princeton University[5] in 1982 with a B.A. in English Literature. He was a member of Charter Club, one of the university's eating clubs. In 1982, his poetry received an honorable mention for a college prize from the Academy of American Poets. The title of his senior thesis was The Schizophrenic Critique of Pure Reason in Beckett's Early Novels.[16] 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.[5] 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.

Career[edit]

Duchovny appeared in an advertisement for Löwenbräu beer in 1987. 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. 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. 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.[5] The show evolved into a cult hit and quickly became one of The Fox Network's first major television hits. Also in 1993, Duchovny was cast alongside Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis, in the Dominic Sena-directed thriller, Kalifornia.

Duchovny at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011.
Duchovny and Gillian Anderson at The X-Files: I Want to Believe[17] premiere in July 2008.

During The X-Files run, in between the fifth and sixth seasons, Duchovny co-starred alongside Gillian Anderson in a 1998 motion picture that continued the X-Files storyline, titled The X-Files: Fight the Future.[5] He remained with the series until quitting in 2001, partly because of a contract dispute that occurred after season seven finished filming.[18] 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 an episode of The Simpsons, titled The Springfield Files. Duchovny was nominated for four Emmy Awards.[19]

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. 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."[20] 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.

Duchovny has guest hosted Saturday Night Live twice (May 13, 1995 and May 9, 1998). Both shows were season finales. 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. In 2001 Duchovny played hand model J.P. Prewitt in the Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander. He also played the role of Ira Kane in the movie Evolution alongside Seann William Scott that same year. He appeared in a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in May 2000. 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 2003 Duchovny starred in the 84th[21] episode of the HBO show Sex and the City. He played the role of Jeremy, Carrie Bradshaw's high-school ex-boyfriend, who has committed himself to a Connecticut mental health facility. 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.[5] The film starred Anton Yelchin, Robin Williams, and Duchovny's wife Téa Leoni in a coming-of-age tale.[5] It received mostly poor reviews[22] and little box office success.[23] Duchovny also directed an episode of Bones (Episode 211, "Judas on a Pole") during its second season.

Duchovny also 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.[24]

According to X-Files creator Chris Carter, Duchovny turned out to be one of the best-read people he knew.[25] After getting the role, Duchovny thought the show would not last for long or that it wouldn't make as much impact as it did. Executive producer Frank Spotnitz called portraying actor Duchovny "amazingly smart". He further stated that Duchovny was behind some of the main characteristic ideas behind Mulder.[26]

In March 2014, NBC announced that a new series, entitled Aquarius and starring Duchovny, has been ordered. Duchovny portrays a 1960s police sergeant investigating small-time criminal and budding cult leader Charles Manson.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Duchovny married actress Téa Leoni on May 13, 1997. Episcopal minister Craig Townsend, presided at the ceremony.[28] In April 1999, Leoni gave birth to a daughter, Madelaine West Duchovny. Their second child, a son, Kyd Miller Duchovny, was born in June 2002. Duchovny is a former vegetarian and, as of 2007, is a pescetarian.[29][30]

On August 28, 2008, Duchovny announced that he had checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for treating sex addiction.[31][32] On October 15, Duchovny's and Leoni's representatives issued a statement revealing they had separated several months earlier.[33] A week later, Duchovny's lawyer said that he planned to sue the Daily Mail over an article it ran that claimed he had an affair with Hungarian tennis instructor Edit Pakay while married to Leoni, a claim that Duchovny has denied.[34] On November 15, 2008, the Daily Mail retracted their claims.[35] After getting back together, Duchovny and Leoni once again split on June 29, 2011.[36] In 2012 he declared he was still married to her, but they are separated.[37] Their divorce was finalized in June, 2014.[38]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Working Girl Tess's Friend
1989 New Year's Day Billy
1990 Denial John
1990 Bad Influence Club Goer
1991 Julia Has Two Lovers Daniel
1991 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Bruce
1991 The Rapture Randy
1992 Ruby Officer Tippit
1992 Beethoven Brad
1992 Red Shoe Diaries Jake Winters
1992 Venice/Venice Dylan
1992 Chaplin Roland "Rollie" Totheroh
1992 Baby Snatcher David Anderson Television movie
1993 Kalifornia Brian Kessler
1997 Playing God Dr. Eugene Sands
1998 The X-Files: Fight the Future FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
2000 Return to Me Bob Rueland
2001 Evolution Dr. Ira Kane
2001 Zoolander JP Prewitt
2002 Full Frontal Bill / Gus
2004 Connie and Carla Jeff
2004 House of D Tom Warshaw Writer, director
2005 Trust the Man Tom
2006 Queer Duck: the Movie Tiny Jesus
2006 The TV Set Mike Klein
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Brian Burke
2007 The Secret Dr. Benjamin Marris
2007 Quantum Hoops Narrator
2008 The X-Files: I Want to Believe FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
2009 The Joneses Steve Jones
2012 Goats The Goat Man
2013 Phantom Bruni
2013 Louder Than Words John Fareri

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990–1991 Twin Peaks DEA Agent Denise/Dennis Bryson 3 episodes
1992–1997 Red Shoe Diaries Jake Winters 10 episodes
1993–2002 The X-Files FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder 176 episodes
1995–1996 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1995–1998 Saturday Night Live Himself 2 episodes
1995 Eek! The Cat FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder Episode: "Eek Space 9"
1996 Frasier Caller Episode: "Frasier Loves Roz"
1996 Space: Above and Beyond Handsome Alvin Episode: "R&R"
1997 The Simpsons FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder Episode: "The Springfield Files"
1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Richard Episode: "The Girls of Route Canal"
2002 Life with Bonnie Johnny Volcano 2 episodes
2003 Sex and the City Jeremy Episode: "Boy, Interrupted"
2007–2014 Californication Hank Moody 84 episodes
2014 Aquarius Sam Hodiak

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1995 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Television Performer The X-Files Nominated
1995 Sci-Fi Universe Best Actor in a TV Series The X-Files Won
1995 Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1996 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The X-Files Nominated
1996 National TV Awards Most Popular Actor The X-Files Won
1996 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Television Performer The X-Files Nominated
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1997 Aftonbladet TV Prize Best Foreign TV Personality The X-Files Won
1997 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The X-Files Won
1997 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Television Performer The X-Files Nominated
1997 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series The Larry Sanders Show Nominated
1997 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1997 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The X-Files Won
1997 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television The X-Files Nominated
1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1997 Television Critic Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The X-Files Nominated
1998 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The X-Files Nominated
1998 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Television Performer The X-Files Nominated
1998 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1998 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The X-Files Nominated
1998 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television The X-Files Nominated
1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1999 American Comedy Awards Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a Television Series The Larry Sanders Show Won
1999 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The X-Files Nominated
1999 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television The X-Files Nominated
1999 Saturn Awards Best Actor (film) The X-Files Nominated
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
1999 TV Guide Award Best Actor The X-Files Won
2000 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Friends (with Gillian Anderson) The X-Files Nominated
2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The X-Files Nominated
2000 TV Guide Award Best Actor The X-Files Nominated
2003 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Life with Bonnie Nominated
2008 BAFTA Awards Best International Californication Nominated
2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Californication Won
2008 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Californication Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Californication Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Californication Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Californication Nominated
2010 PGA Awards Outstanding Producer Californication Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Californication Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1271). Aug 9, 2013. p. 22. 
  3. ^ "SSDI". Ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com. July 15, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
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  5. ^ a b c d e f g Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio
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  7. ^ "Craig Ferguson 8/10/10C Late Late Show David Duchovny". Youtube.com. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 

    "... my father being a Russian Jew ..."

  8. ^ "My Kind of Day - David Duchovny". Radio Times. Dec 1995. 

    My relatives are Scottish, so I think my Scottish audience is important. Some are in Glasgow, but my mum's from Aberdeen. I hear it's grey there - like my mum. The name's Russian, but New York is my home. That's where I'm from.

  9. ^ "David Duchovny DuchovnyNet - Article: A Man and His 'X'". Duchovny.net. October 26, 1997. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 

    "I like that I look like my father and mother put together--that's a Russian Jew and a Scottish Lutheran, and I like that it all looks mixed up. . . . I'm sure my nose wasn't an asset until I was David Duchovny. Before that, it was, like, 'Yeah, that kind of Jewish-looking guy with the kind of big nose.' "

  10. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak/was-david-duchovnys-famil_b_5635205.html
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  15. ^ http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/84
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  18. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/1337685.stm BBC News
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  26. ^ Spotnitz, Frank. "Amazingly Smart". BBC News. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
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  29. ^ He stated on the November 16, 2007 episode of Live with Regis and Kelly that he is no longer vegetarian but still does not consume red meat.
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  36. ^ "David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separated". Retrieved March 2012. 
  37. ^ "David Duchovny talks about ‘Californication’ and Marilyn Manson". Retrieved April 2014. 
  38. ^ "David Duchovny and Téa Leoni Are Divorcing". People. 

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