Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Fox "Spooky"
on a fast track in the FBI when he took a
detour into the paranormal. Convinced
through hypnotic regression that his
sister was abducted by some unknown
power when they were children, he is
now obsessed with discovering the
truths hidden in the X-Files, a repository
for the extraordinary, the unexplained
and the supernatural.
Recruited into the Bureau after studying
psychology at Oxford, Mulder showed
an inclination toward the off beat from
the beginning of his career. His early
monograph on serial killers and the
occult led to the capture of a notorious
But far from pursuing what
could have been a stellar career within
the Bureau, Mulder chose "the
basement office with no heat" where the
FBI hides the X-Files. Only his network
of contacts in Congress and other halls
of power has allowed him to continue
his investigations in the face of official
indifference and covert opposition.
Opposed by enemies within the Bureau
itself and beyond, the only person he
can trust absolutely is his partner, Dana
Aug. 7, 1960 in Manhattan to Russian Jewish father (Amram) and Scottish mother
(Meg). Duchovny's parents are divorced. Duchovny also has an older brother Daniel
and younger sister Laurie.
Early years: Worked as a lifeguard on Fire Island
help pay for high school studies and as a bartender while attending college.
Making the grade: Duchovny went to Princeton (where
played on the basketball team). He later earned a masters degree in English literature
Married: To actress Tea Leoni. The couple has two
-- Blue, a Border/Jersey-collie mix and George, a former street mutt. They live
in Los Angeles.
Earns $100,000 US an episode for The X-Files; receiv-ed
$4 million US for The X-Files movie.
Screen scene: His first appearance on camera was
a Lowenbrau commercial in 1987. That was followed by an AT&T commercial the
same year. In 1988, he made his film debut with one line during a party scene
in Working Girl.
Nominated for an Emmy Award for Best
Actor in a Drama
Series for the 1996-97 season, David Duchovny once
seemed an unlikely candidate to become an actor. A native
New Yorker, Duchovny attended Yale University, where he
received a graduate degree in English literature to prepare
for a career as a teacher. While at Yale, he began
commuting to New York to study acting and was soon
appearing in off-Broadway plays. In 1987, in the midst of his
doctoral studies, he left Yale to pursue acting full time.
Numerous roles soon followed.
Before The X-Files,
Duchovny was probably best known for his memorable
portrayal of Dennis/Denise, the transvestite detective in the
television series "Twin Peaks," and for his performance
opposite Mimi Rogers in the acclaimed feature film The
Rapture. His most recent feature film was Playing God,
and he also has just completed filming the
first feature film version of The X-Files, which will be
released this year (1998).
Duchovny's other feature film credits include leading roles
in Chaplin, Beethoven, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's
Dead, Kalifornia and the critically acclaimed Julia Has
David Duchovny was also the host of cable's "The
Red Shoe Diaries." He has made two guest appearances on
"The Larry Sanders Show," and on "Space: Above and
Beyond" and did voiceover appearances on "The
Simpsons" and "Duckman."
Duchovny is married to actress Tea Leoni.