David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder
Born and raised in New York City, David Duchovny attended Princeton University, where he played one season as shooting guard on the school’s basketball team, received his master’s degree in English literature and was on the road to earning his Ph.D. when he caught the acting bug.
Subsequently, he emerged to become one of the most highly acclaimed actors in Hollywood. For his role on The X-Files, Duchovny was nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. He was also nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his highly acclaimed, and some say risqué, appearances on The Larry Sanders Show. In January 1997, he won a Golden Globe® Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Drama. He has been nominated for a total of three Emmy® Awards, eight Golden Globes®, nine Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Television Critics Association Award. The press and the public both agree that Duchovny brings a fierce intellect, a quiet intensity and an acerbic wit to his roles on both the small screen and the silver screen.
Duchovny added the role of director to his already extensive list of accomplishments when he wrote, directed and starred in three critically acclaimed episodes of The X-Files: "The Unnatural," starring Jessie Martin; "Hollywood A.D.," starring Garry Shandling and Tea Leoni; and "William." Other directing credits include the FOX hit series Bones and six episodes of Californication.
Duchovny’s passion for renegade films has brought him critical acclaim for his performances in the feature films Kalifornia opposite Brad Pitt; The Rapture, the controversial film directed by Michael Tolkin in which he starred opposite Mimi Rogers; and Julia Has Two Lovers, featuring his much-heralded performance as a telephone hustler. Duchovny played "Roland ‘Rollie’ Totheroh," Charlie Chaplin’s long-time confidant and cameraman in the Sir Richard Attenborough-directed Chaplin, starring Robert Downey, Jr. in the title role; and starred in the smash hit Beethoven opposite Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt, as the evil yuppie determined to take over Charles Grodin’s company.
Additional feature credits include the action-comedy Evolution, opposite Julianne Moore and directed by Ivan Reitman; the romantic comedy Return to Me, opposite Minnie Driver and directed by Bonnie Hunt; The X-Files movie; and Playing God, with Timothy Hutton and Angelina Jolie. Duchovny went on to appear in a hilariously funny cameo in Ben Stiller’s film Zoolander.
He is still recognized for his role as "Dennis/Denise Bryson," the transvestite detective in David Lynch’s breakthrough television series Twin Peaks, and spent four seasons as the impassioned narrator of Zalman King’s erotic, anthology cable series Red Shoe Diaries.
In 2002, he starred in the ensemble comedy Full Frontal, directed by Steven Soderbergh and co-starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Duchovny made brief returns to television, first appearing on good friend Bonnie Hunt’s show Life with Bonnie in which he guest starred as over-the-top weatherman "Johnny Volcano," for which he was nominated for an Emmy® Award in 2003. Following that, he made a memorable appearance on Sex and the City as an ex-flame of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw.
Duchovny made his feature directorial debut in 2005 with House of D, which he also wrote and appeared in. The film, which starred Robin Williams and Anton Yelchin, vividly captured the spirit of youth in all its joy and heartbreak.
Other feature credits include Trust the Man, in which he starred again with Julianne Moore; The TV Set opposite Sigourney Weaver and Simon Helberg and directed by Jake Kasdan; Things We Lost in the Fire opposite Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro; The Secret, directed by Vincent Perez and produced by Luc Besson; The X-Files: I Want to Believe; and The Joneses opposite Demi Moore and Amber Heard.
Duchovny ventured onto the stage, starring Off-Broadway in Neil LaBute’s play Break of Noon, in which he reunited with his The X-Files: I Want to Believe co-star Amanda Peet.
Next, he worked on the independent features Goats, opposite Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell, Graham Phillips and Dakota Johnson; Phantom opposite Ed Harris; and the independent feature Louder Than Words opposite Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton.
His other long-running series Californication ended its seven-year run in the summer of 2014. "Hank Moody" marked another seminal character portrayed by Duchovny that has made its way into the pop culture lexicon and for whose portrayal he won a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor in a Comedy series.
Duchovny completed his first studio album, entitled HELL OR HIGHWATER, for Think Say Records (distributed by Caroline), which was released in May 2015. His first novel, Holy Cow, was released by Farrar Straus and Giroux in February 2015 and hit the New York Times Bestsellers list.
Additionally, he stars on the network drama series Aquarius, on which he also serves as an executive producer. He also co-hosted the nationally televised "Red Nose Day" special, part of a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty.
Duchovny was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in early 2016.