David Duchovny

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Actor David Duchovny rose to fame in the early 1990s as paranormal-obsessed FBI agent Fox Mulder on the hit television series "The X-Files" (1993-2002). Duchovny's understated but convincing delivery - no small feat in ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1960 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (81)

Aquarius 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)


The X-Files 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Californication 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)


Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)


Phantom 2013 (Movie)

Bruni (Actor)

FOX's 25th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Goats 2012 (Movie)

Goat Man (Actor)

Louder Than Words 2012 (Movie)

John Fareri (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)


The Joneses 2010 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2009 (Tv Show)


Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Spike Guys Choice 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The X-Files: I Want to Believe 2008 (Movie)

Agent Fox Mulder (Actor)

VH1 Rock Honors: The Who 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Quantum Hoops 2007 (Movie)


The Secret 2007 (Movie)

Ben Marris (Actor)

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

Mike Klein (Actor)

Things We Lost in the Fire 2007 (Movie)

Steven Burke (Actor)

Trust the Man 2006 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Best Friend Forgotten 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


House of D 2005 (Movie)

Tom Warshaw (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)


Queer Duck: The Movie 2005 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

Eco-Challenge 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)


Sex and the City 2003 (Tv Show)


Full Frontal 2002 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Life With Bonnie 2002 (Tv Show)


Primetime Glick 1991 - 2002 (Tv Show)


The X-Files 1991 - 2002 (TV Show)


Evolution 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Ira Krane (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Evolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Run, Ronnie, Run 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

J P Prewitt (Actor)

Return to Me 2000 (Movie)

Bob Rueland (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries 1991 - 2000 (TV Show)


Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)


50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The 13th Annual American Comedy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Inside the X-Files 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

Agent Fox Mulder (Actor)

Barbara Walters Presents: 6 to Watch 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)


Playing God 1997 (Movie)

Eugene (Actor)

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Simpsons 1997 (Tv Show)


47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Frasier 1996 (Tv Show)


More Secrets of the X-Files 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Kalifornia 1993 (Movie)

Brian Kessler (Actor)

Beethoven 1992 (Movie)

Brad (Actor)

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Rollie Totheroh (Actor)

Ruby 1992 (Movie)

Officer Tippit (Actor)

The Red Shoe Diaries 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Venice/Venice 1992 (Movie)

Dylan (Actor)

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead 1991 (Movie)

Bruce (Actor)

Julia Has Two Lovers 1991 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

The Rapture 1991 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

Bad Influence 1990 (Movie)

Club Goer (Actor)

New Year's Day 1989 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

Tess' Birthday Party Friend (Actor)

Baby Snatcher (TV Show)


Red Nose Day (TV Show)


The List (TV Show)

Director (2)

Bones 2006 (Tv Show)


House of D 2005 (Movie)

Writer (1)

House of D 2005 (Movie)



Actor David Duchovny rose to fame in the early 1990s as paranormal-obsessed FBI agent Fox Mulder on the hit television series "The X-Files" (1993-2002). Duchovny's understated but convincing delivery - no small feat in the face of the show's far out UFO/government conspiracy subject matter - helped make him an idol among TV viewers and pop culture aficionados. Such was the public's identification of the actor as Agent Mulder, Duchovny struggled to find a project with a similarly wide audience after departing his still popular show in 2001. Regardless, he kept busy with a wide variety of films and television shows, including "House of D" (2005), which he wrote and directed, and the Showtime series "Californication" (Showtime, 2007- ), but it was the paranoid FBI agent with an affinity for sunflower seeds who would remain his most compelling creation.


Daniel Duchovny


Laurie Duchovny


Amram Duchovny

Divorced from Duchovny's mother c. 1971 originally from Coney Island, Brooklyn

Margaret Duchovny

Divorced from Duchovny's father c. 1971 born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland

Madelaine Duchovny

Born April 24, 1999 mother, Tea Leoni

Kyd Duchovny

Born June 15, 2002 mother Tea Leoni

Téa Leoni Actor

Married May 6, 1997 in the courtyard of NYC's Grace Church School where Duchovny's mother worked Announced October 2008 that they had been separated for months Reconciled months later Renewed their vows 2009 Separated again June 2011

Perrey Reeves Actor

Began dating 1993 split 1995 best known for playing Mrs. Ari on "Entourage" (HBO)

Maggie Wheeler Actor



Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey 1982
Member of the Charter Club, one of the University's eating clubs, where upperclassmen take their meals

Downtown Community School

New York , New York
Founded by Pete Seeger

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1987
Magic and technology in contemporary North American fiction and poetry was the subject of his uncompleted thesis for a PhD

Collegiate School

New York , New York 1973 - 1978
Won a scholarship to attend the prestigious boys prep school; played on the basketball team and was class valedictorian; John F. Kennedy Jr. and actor Jason Beghe were classmates



Co-starred with Demi Moore in the independent comedy "The Joneses"


Reprised role of Agent Fox Mulder for "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" the second feature based on the popular series


Played Hank Moody, a troubled novelist in the Showtime series, "Californication"; earned Golden Globe (2008, 2009) and SAG (2009) nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy series


Cast in the network satire "The TV Set" directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Sigourney Weaver


Co-starred as Julianne Moore's househusband who's obsessed with sex in Bart Freundlich's "Trust the Man"


Made feature writing and directing debut (also starred) with "House of D"; co-starred Robin Williams and wife Tea Leoni


Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor for his role in "Life With Bonnie" (ABC)


Appeared in the Steven Soderbergh directed "Full Frontal"


Co-starred with Julianne Moore and Orlando Jones in the screen comedy "Evolution"


Starred opposite Minnie Driver in the romantic comedy "Return to Me"; co-written and directed by Bonnie Hunt


Reprised role of Mulder for the feature film "The X-Files"


Spoofed his image and Sharon Stone's famous scene in "Basic Instinct" in the final episode of HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show"


Returned to features as the lead in "Playing God"


Voiced Mulder for an episode of Fox's animated "The Simpsons"


Acted alongside Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis and Michelle Forbes in Dominique Sena's "Kalifornia"


Co-starred in FOX's paranormal series "The X-Files" as FBI special agent Fox Mulder; also provided the story for a handful of episodes; wrote and directed the episode 'The Unnatural' (1999); had a reduced role for the final two seasons


Portrayed a greedy yuppie in "Beethoven"


Re-teamed with Jaglom for "Venice/Venice"


Narrated the Showime series, "The Red Shoe Diaries"; also directed episodes


Offered a memorable turn as cameraman Rollie Totheroh in Sir Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin"


Played a supporting role in Michael Tolkin's brilliant, flawed tale of the coming apocalypse, "The Rapture"


First leading role in a feature, "Julia Has Two Lovers"


Joined the cast of ABC's "Twin Peaks" as Dennis/Denise Bryson, a cross-dressing FBI agent


Moved to Los Angeles from New York


First film with Henry Jaglom, "New Year's Day"


Feature acting debut, "Working Girl"


Left academia to pursue acting

Taught English at Yale while working on his PhD; first became involved in acting there

First professional assignment, a Lowenbrau beer commercial

Bonus Trivia


"If I have a morality about performance, it's kind of a Protestant one, It's not celebratory; sometimes I wish it was more that way. When I look at my wife [Tea Leoni] I see a physical expression of acting that is fun. Or when I look at an actor like Al Pacino or Nicolas Cage or John Travolta. And given the chance, I'd like to try that, because I recognize the joy in the performance. But my natural inclination is to keep it real, and to try at all costs to hide, which is what people do [in real life]." - David Duchovny quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, June 1998


About his awareness that some fans resent that he has never appeared at an X-Files convention (as did co-star Gillian Anderson) and think of him as ungrateful: "Unfortunately, the possibility is that they see me as aloof. My feeling is that I make the show, and that takes so much time and so much energy, and that's a gift, even though I'm compensated for it. That's my gift to the fans and that's where I'd like it to end." - Duchovny quoted in the London Times, Aug. 11, 1998


"All the reasons I had for getting into acting were mercenary. I wanted to have fun and make some money. But once I started classes I realized it was something I could enjoy on a spiritual and emotional level. In those classes you get to scream and laugh and cry and I guess because I'd come from a strict academic environment it was really liberating. You can do the most powerful things and not have to pay for it, you can sleep with your neighbour's wife or kill someone and you don't have to get beaten up for it or go to jail." - Duchovny to Martyn Palmer in the London Times, Aug. 17, 1998


"If you're smart, you'll always be humble. You can learn all you want, but there'll always be somebody who's never read a book who'll know twice what you know." - Duchovny downplaying his education, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1999


In the 1999 online voting for the first annual TV Guide Awards, Duchovny was cited as Best-Dressed Male and Sexiest Male.


Singer Bree Sharp wrote a song called "David Duchovny"; Production assistants on "The X-Files" made a mock video of the song with celebrities like Brad Pitt, Pamela Anderson Lee, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Whoopi Goldberg, Janeane Garofalo and George Clooney.


"Before I jumped into the next 10 years of my life, I really wanted to do something new, something that would challenge me," he says. "And now that I've got kids, there's something else that's important, so failing doesn't feel as horrific." - Duchovny on writting and directing his first feature "House of D" to People magazine, April 25, 2005


"You're an idiot if you're not riddled with self-doubt at all times - even when your having success after success. I think self-doubt is healthy as long as it's not crippling." - Duchovny to Emmy magazine, Issue No. 3, 2008


On Aug. 28, 2008, Duchovny's lawyer, Stanton Stein revealed that his client had checked himself into rehab to undergo treatment for sex addiction. Through his attorney, he released the statement: "I have voluntarily entered a facility for the treatment of sex addiction. I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family."