David Duchovny

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David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960, height 6' 0½" (1,84 m)) 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 Duchovny was born in New York City, New York in 1960. He is the son of Margaret "Meg" (née Miller), a school administrator and teacher, and Amram "Ami" Ducovny (1927–2003), a writer and publicist who worked for the American Jewish Committee. His father was Jewish, from a family that immigrated from the Russian Empire and Poland. His mother is a Lutheran emigrant from Aberdeen, Scotland. His father dropped the h in his last name to avoid the sort of mispronunciations he encountered while serving in the Army.

Duchovny attended Grace Church School and The Collegiate School For Boys; both are in Manhattan. He graduated from Princeton University 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. 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 married actress Téa Leoni on May 6, 1997. 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.

On August 28, 2008, Duchovny announced that he had checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for treating sex addiction. On October 15, 2008, 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 an affair with Hungarian tennis instructor Edit Pakay while still married to Leoni, a claim that Duchovny has denied. On November 15, 2008, the Daily Mail retracted their claims. After getting back together, Duchovny and Leoni once again split on June 29, 2011.

MOVIE CREDITS:
2008: Fox Mulder - The X Files: I Want to Believe
2000: Bob Rueland - Return to Me
1992: Jake Winters - Red Shoe Diaries
2001: Dr. Ira Kane - Evolution
1997: Dr. Eugene Sands - Playing God
2005: Tom - Trust the Man
2010: Steve Jones - The Joneses
2007: Dr. Benjamin Marris - Si j'étais toi
2002: Bill - Full Frontal
2007: Mike Klein - The TV Set
2012: Goat Man - Goats
1990: Julia Has Two Lovers
1998: Agent Fox Mulder - The X Files
1994: Jake Winters - Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto Erotica
1995: Jake Winters - Red Shoe Diaries 5: Weekend Pass
1993: Brian Kessler - Kalifornia
2004: Tom Warshaw - House of D
2013: Bruni - Phantom
2013: John Fareri - Louder Than Words
1993: Jake Winters - Red Shoe Diaries 2: Double Dare
1993: Jake Winters - Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick
1996: Jake Winters - Red Shoe Diaries 6: How I Met My Husband
1991: Randy - The Rapture
2007: Steven Burke - Things We Lost in the Fire
2004: Jeff - Connie and Carla
1998: Himself - Inside The X-Files
1990: Billy - New Year's Day
1999: Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler
1992: Officer Tippit - Ruby
2007: Narrator - Quantum Hoops
1990: John - Denial
1992: David Anderson - Baby Snatcher
1998: Himself - The X Files: Fight the Future
2001: J.P. Prewitt - Zoolander
1991: Bruce - Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
1992: Dylan - Venice/Venice
The Craft
1992: Brad - Beethoven
1996: Jake Winters - Red Shoe Diaries Movie 10: Some Things Never Change
1990: Clue Goer with Glasses - Bad Influence
1988: Tess' Friend - Working Girl
1992: Rollie Totheroh - Chaplin

TV CREDITS:
1992: Jake Winters - Red Shoe Diaries
1989: The Simpsons
2002: Life with Bonnie
1997: The View
1996: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
1995: Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
1964: Jeopardy!
1993: The X-Files
2001: The Lone Gunmen
1995: Eco-Challenge
1994: Inside the Actors Studio
2004: The Tony Danza Show
2003: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2006: The One Show
1983: Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
1990: Twin Peaks
1999: The Early Show
1993: Tom (voice) - Frasier
1995: Space: Above and Beyond
2001: Richard & Judy
1993: Late Night with Conan O'Brien
1999: Himself - Rove
2006: VH1 Rock Honors
1993: GMTV
1975: Himself - Host - Saturday Night Live
2007: Hank Moody - Californication
2015: Detective Sam Hodiak - Aquarius
1993: Fox Mulder - The X-Files
1990: Denise Bryson - Twin Peaks
1995: Handsome Alvin - Space: Above and Beyond
1996: The Rosie O'Donnell Show
1992: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
2018: Himself - The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
2003: Himself - Real Time with Bill Maher