David Duchovny

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David Duchovny
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Duchovny at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
BornDavid William Duchovny
(1960-08-07) August 7, 1960 (age 53)
New York City, New York, United States
Alma materPrinceton University (B.A., English Literature)
Yale University (M.A., English Literature)
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Téa Leoni (m. 1997–2011)
ChildrenMadelaine West Duchovny (b. 1999)
Kyd Miller Duchovny (b. 2002).
 
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David Duchovny
David Duchovny by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Duchovny at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
BornDavid William Duchovny
(1960-08-07) August 7, 1960 (age 53)
New York City, New York, United States
Alma materPrinceton University (B.A., English Literature)
Yale University (M.A., English Literature)
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Téa Leoni (m. 1997–2011)
ChildrenMadelaine West Duchovny (b. 1999)
Kyd Miller Duchovny (b. 2002).

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] His father was Jewish, from a family that immigrated from Ukraine and Poland.[7][8] His mother is a Lutheran emigrant from Aberdeen, Scotland.[9][10][11] His father dropped the h in his last name to avoid the sort of mispronunciations he encountered while serving in the Army.[4][12][13]

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.[14] 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[15] 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.[16] 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 Fox Mulder character in an episode of The Simpsons, titled The Springfield Files. Duchovny was nominated for four Emmy Awards.[17]

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 Fox 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."[18] 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[19] 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[20] and little box office success.[21] Duchovny also directed an episode of Bones (Episode 211, "Judas on a Pole") during its second season.

Duchovny currently plays Hank Moody, a troubled 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.[22]

According to X-Files creator Chris Carter, Duchovny turned out to be one of the best-read people he knew.[23] After getting the role, Duchovny thought the show wouldn't 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.[24]

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.[25]

Personal life[edit]

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.[26][27]

On August 28, 2008, Duchovny announced that he had checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for treating sex addiction.[28][29] On October 15, Duchovny's and Leoni's representatives issued a statement revealing they had separated several months earlier.[30] 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.[31] On November 15, 2008, the Daily Mail retracted their claims.[32] After getting back together, Duchovny and Leoni once again split on June 29, 2011.[33] In 2012 he declared he was still married to her, but they are separated.[34]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988Working GirlTess's Friend
1989New Year's DayBilly
1990DenialJohn
1990Bad InfluenceClub Goer
1991Julia Has Two LoversDaniel
1991Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's DeadBruce
1991The RaptureRandy
1992RubyOfficer Tippit
1992BeethovenBrad
1992Red Shoe DiariesJake Winters
1992Venice/VeniceDylan
1992ChaplinRoland "Rollie" Totheroh
1992Baby SnatcherDavid AndersonTelevision movie
1993KaliforniaBrian Kessler
1997Playing GodDr. Eugene Sands
1998The X-Files: Fight the FutureFBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
2000Return to MeBob Rueland
2001EvolutionDr. Ira Kane
2001ZoolanderJP Prewitt
2002Full FrontalBill / Gus
2004Connie and CarlaJeff
2004House of DTom WarshawWriter, director
2005Trust the ManTom
2006Queer Duck: the MovieTiny Jesus
2006The TV SetMike Klein
2007Things We Lost in the FireBrian Burke
2007The SecretDr. Benjamin Marris
2007Quantum HoopsNarrator
2008The X-Files: I Want to BelieveFBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
2009The JonesesSteve Jones
2012GoatsThe Goat Man
2013PhantomBruni
2013Louder Than WordsJohn Fareri

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990–1991Twin PeaksDEA Agent Denise/Dennis Bryson3 episodes
1992–1997Red Shoe DiariesJake Winters10 episodes
1993–2002The X-FilesFBI Special Agent Fox Mulder176 episodes
1995–1996The Larry Sanders ShowHimself2 episodes
1995–1998Saturday Night LiveHimself2 episodes
1996FrasierCallerEpisode: "Frasier Loves Roz"
1996Space: Above and BeyondHandsome AlvinEpisode: "R&R"
1997The SimpsonsFBI Special Agent Fox MulderEpisode: "The Springfield Files"
1997Duckman: Private Dick/Family ManRichardEpisode: "The Girls of Route Canal"
2002Life with BonnieJohnny Volcano2 episodes
2003Sex and the CityJeremyEpisode: "Boy, Interrupted"
2007–2014CalifornicationHank Moody84 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1995People's Choice AwardsFavorite Male Television PerformerThe X-FilesNominated
1995Sci-Fi UniverseBest Actor in a TV SeriesThe X-FilesWon
1995Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1996Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaThe X-FilesNominated
1996National TV AwardsMost Popular ActorThe X-FilesWon
1996People's Choice AwardsFavorite Male Television PerformerThe X-FilesNominated
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1997Aftonbladet TV PrizeBest Foreign TV PersonalityThe X-FilesWon
1997Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaThe X-FilesWon
1997People's Choice AwardsFavorite Male Television PerformerThe X-FilesNominated
1997Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders ShowNominated
1997Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1997Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaThe X-FilesWon
1997Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionThe X-FilesNominated
1997Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1997Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1997Television Critic Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe X-FilesNominated
1998Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaThe X-FilesNominated
1998People's Choice AwardsFavorite Male Television PerformerThe X-FilesNominated
1998Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1998Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaThe X-FilesNominated
1998Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionThe X-FilesNominated
1998Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1998Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1999American Comedy AwardsFunniest Male Guest Appearance in a Television SeriesThe Larry Sanders ShowWon
1999Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaThe X-FilesNominated
1999Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionThe X-FilesNominated
1999Saturn AwardsBest Actor (film)The X-FilesNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
1999TV Guide AwardBest ActorThe X-FilesWon
2000Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television Friends (with Gillian Anderson)The X-FilesNominated
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
2000TV Guide AwardBest ActorThe X-FilesNominated
2003Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesLife with BonnieNominated
2008BAFTA AwardsBest InternationalCalifornicationNominated
2008Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyCalifornicationWon
2008Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyCalifornicationNominated
2009Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyCalifornicationNominated
2009Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesCalifornicationNominated
2010Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyCalifornicationNominated
2010PGA AwardsOutstanding ProducerCalifornicationNominated
2012Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series Musical or ComedyCalifornicationNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The best of Hank Moody: Quotes & clips". Cuzoogle. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1271). Aug 9, 2013. p. 22. 
  3. ^ "SSDI". Ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com. July 15, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Hecker, Don R. (September 2, 2003). "Amram Ducovny, 75, Late-Blossoming Novelist". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio
  6. ^ "David Duchovny Biography (1960-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://gothamist.com/2013/02/27/david_duchovny.php
  8. ^ http://thebrooklynink.com/2012/08/20/47060-a-literary-classic-of-coney-island-comes-to-digital-life/
  9. ^ "Craig Ferguson 8/10/10C Late Late Show David Duchovny". Youtube.com. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 

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

  10. ^ "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.

  11. ^ "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.' "

  12. ^ "David Duchovny DuchovnyNet - Article: Cult Times 1997". Duchovny.net. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.grouchoreviews.com/interviews/84
  14. ^ Duchovny, David William. The Schizophrenic Critique of Pure Reason in Beckett's Early Novels. 1982.
  15. ^ Glen Schaefer (March 12, 2008). "Filming of the X-Files sequel wraps". Vancouver Province. Retrieved March 12, 2008. 
  16. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/1337685.stm BBC News
  17. ^ David Duchovny Emmy Nominated
  18. ^ "Mike Roberts, Vancouver Province". Mjq.net. October 16, 1997. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Boy, Interrupted". Hbo.com. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  20. ^ "House of D". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  21. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372334/business/ IMDb
  22. ^ "Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2008 Golden Globe Awards For The Year Ended December 31, 2007". HFPA. 2007. Archived from the original on December 14, 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  23. ^ Carter, Chris. "Casting Mulder". BBC News. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  24. ^ Spotnitz, Frank. "Amazingly Smart". BBC News. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  25. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 31, 2014). "NBC Greenlights 13 Episodes of 'Aquarius', Starring David Duchovny as a Cop Tracking Charles Manson (Updated)". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ Hochman, David. "The X-Man Cometh". Men's Health. 
  28. ^ "David Duchovny's Sex Rehab Not Because Of Affair: Report". Huffington Post. February 10, 2008. 
  29. ^ "Duchovny enters rehab for sex addiction". MSNBC. August 28, 2008. 
  30. ^ Fleeman, Mike (October 15, 2008). "David Duchovny & Téa Leoni Separated 'For Several Months'". People.com. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  31. ^ "The Ex Files: David Duchovny Sues Paper over Affair Story". TV Guide. October 21, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2008. 
  32. ^ "David Duchovny". The Daily Mail. November 15, 2008. Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  33. ^ "David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separated". Retrieved March 2012. 
  34. ^ "David Duchovny talks about ‘Californication’ and Marilyn Manson". Retrieved April 2014. 

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