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David Duchovny          

Actor, Writer & Director Known for "The X-Files," "Aquarius" & "Californication"

David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His mother was a school teacher, his father a writer and publicist who worked for the American Jewish Committee. David has a sister, Laurie and an older brother named Daniel Ducovny, an award winning director of commercials, as well as a director of photography.

David attended Yale University where he undertook a Master's Degree in English Literature. A keen poet and writer, David's work was well recognized by his peers and teachers while he was in attendance at Yale. He was even nominated for a college prize by the Academy of American Poets for his outstanding work within the literary field.

Like any actor or celebrity, David began his career on the bottom, by acting in numerous commercials in the late-eighties. He crossed over into films with bit parts in low key films such as "New Year's Day" (1989) and "Bad Influence" (1990). Although these parts were small and somewhat insignificant, it was a start and David was able to get his foot in the door.

In 1991, David got offered the role of DEA Dennis Bryson on the acclaimed TV series, "Twin Peaks" (1990). He only appeared in three episodes, but at that early stage, it was his biggest claim to fame yet, as "Twin Peaks" (1990) was watched by millions of people worldwide. Needless to say, David's talents as an actor would finally be recognized and he would get the acknowledgment that he so richly deserved.

In the early 1990s, he got more bit parts in films, this time, however, the films weren't "low key", but hits, such as "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" (1991) and the family favorite comedy, "Beethoven" (1992). David's role in "Beethoven" (1992) was small, but it was hard to forget the poor guy who was dragged across the lawn by the giant St. Bernard!

A year later, in 1993, David got the lead role in the independent film "Kalifornia" (1993). The film also starred another up-and-coming young actor, Brad Pitt. In "Kalifornia" (1993), David played a journalist who goes on a cross-country tour of famous murder sites with his girlfriend as research for a book he is writing about serial killers. He takes Pitt's character along to help pay the bills, unaware that Pitt's character is in fact a serial killer himself. Although it did not do much business at the box office, it is still a great film and has become somewhat of a cult favorite among fans.

That same year, David was offered the role of FBI Agent Fox "Spooky" Mulder on the long-running TV series "The X Files" (1993). The show was a tremendous international success and propelled David (and his co-star Gillian Anderson) into super-stardom. His character of Mulder has become somewhat of a pop culture legend and is renowned the world over for his satirical wit and dry sense of humor. Fans loved the fact that he could keep a straight face and still crack and joke in the face of extreme danger. David improvised a lot of his own lines of dialogue while on the show and even penned and directed a few episodes. The series ended in 2002 and still has a strong, dedicated following. To date, David has reprised his role of Fox Mulder in two "X Files" feature films: "The X Files" (1998) and "The X Files: I Want to Believe" (2008).

During the initial run of "The X Files" (1993), David kept busy and made several films, such as: "Return to Me" (2000), alongside actress Minnie Driver and the comedy favorite "Evolution" (2001), with Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott and Orlando Jones. He even had a hysterical cameo as a self-obsessed, simple-minded hand model in the comedy-smash "Zoolander" (2001).

In 2007, after a few years out of the limelight, David struck gold again after landing the plum role of Hank Moody in "Californication" (2007). The raunchy series follows the life of womanizing writer Hank Moody (Duchovny) as he tries to juggle his career and his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend. The show has become a hit for its off-the-wall humor and Duchovny's ability to always turn in a brilliant performance.

He returns to network TV with "Aquarius" on NBC. Duchovny stars and produces the series based on an LA police sergeant who's tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader who turns out to be Charles Manson.

Duchovny's first novel, "Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale," was released February 3, 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His second novel, "Bucky F*cking Dent," was released in 2016. In March 2015, Duchovny was announced as returning in a six-episode continuation of "The X-Files" which premiered in January of 2016.

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‘Aquarius’ Review: David Duchovny Dominates In Manson-Era Drama

Debuting on May 28, NBC’s Aquarius really is a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite its entire 13-episode season going up on the network’s website for four weeks, Netflix-style, and despite the 1960s-set John McNamara-created show’s storyline of the real-life rise of the murderous Charles Manson, Aquarius, as my video review above says, is at its heart a damn good network cop drama. It takes awhile to achieve liftoff but is on a solid trajectory once it does.

'X-Files' Reboot Brings Back Mulder, Scully And The Search For Truth

When The X-Files appeared on TV in the 1990s, there really hadn't been anything quite like it on TV for a long time. The Twilight Zone, with its monsters and flying saucers and anything-goes mentality, was an obvious inspiration and precursor. But investigations of unusual or unearthly phenomena, dramatized in a weekly series in ways that could be scary or funny, or both? As TV shows go, that's about as rare a sighting as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster.

David Duchovny’s hilarious new novel hits a home run

David Duchovny has staked out the high ground in the growing pantheon of celebrity novelists. The “X-Files” star’s first work, “Holy Cow,” was a wry magical realist story told through the first-person narration of a bovine on an upstate New York dairy farm. Now comes “Bucky F*cking Dent,” set against the backdrop of 1970s New York and one of baseball’s most famous pennant races.

David Duchovny Launches Lick My Face Campaign

On June 22nd, David Duchovny launched the “Lick My Face” campaign to support the nonprofit organization, Target Zero...

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