In 2008, David checked into a rehab center for a sex addiction. After leaving the facility, David and Téa announced they had been separated for several months.
On their tenth anniversary, David and his wife got matching tattoos on their ring fingers that said "AYSF". He also has a tattoo just above his left ankle of a compass with the word West spelled out in honor of their daughter.
In 2006, he was nominated for PETA's "World's Sexiest Vegetarian." David and wife Téa are both vegetarians.
When David was 17 he fainted in an elevator at school and knocked his front teeth out. They are now crowned.
The scariest movie he has seen is Don't Look Now starring Donald Sutherland while the first ever movie he saw was Le Mans starring Steve McQueen. His pick for best movie line is "I killed her...I killed her...I remember." spoken by Marlon Brando in The Last Tango In Paris.
When once asked if he had to kiss a man who would it be, David answered Mick Jagger.
One of David's online fan groups "The Church of Our Guy David Duchovny" named a star after him. It's located in the constellation Leo as that is his astrological sign.
David likes to go barefoot and drip dry after a shower. He sometimes wears glasses.
David's "Best of the 70's" list for iTunes:
1. "Melissa" by The Allman Brothers Band
2. "Thank You" by Sly and the Family Stone
3. "Isis" by Bob Dylan
4. "Simply Beautiful" by Al Green
5. "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones
6. "Strawberry Letter 22" by Shuggie Otis
7. "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
8. "Samba Pa Ti" by Santana
9. "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations
10. "Pasttime Paradise" by Stevie Wonder
11. "Satellite of Love" by Lou Reed
12. "Home At Last" by Steely Dan
Known to be a sports fan, Duchovny has played in numerous celebrity basketball games. He has also appeared on MTV's Rock n' Jock Softball Game.
David's hobbies include reading, basketball, baseball, jogging, racquetball and swimming.
• Bands - The Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, Sly and the Family Stone
• Basketball Teams - New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers
• Books - Bandits by Elmore Leonard, The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer, V by Thomas Pynchon, Seven Plays by Sam Shepard, Confessions of A Late Night Talk Show Host by Garry Shandling
• CDs - Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones, White Album by The Beatles, Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder, Greatest Hits by Sly and the Family Stone
• Celebrities - Meryl Streep, Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni
• Charity Organizations - Pediatric Aids Foundation, East Harlem School at Exodus House, The Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research
• Five Sci-Fi Movies - Blade Runner, Alien, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, They Live
• Shows as an Adult - The Larry Sanders Show, King of the Hill, The Naked Truth, South Park, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue
• Shows as a Kid - Gilligan's Island, Bewitched, Star Trek, The Partridge Family, The Abbott and Costello Show, F Troop, Kung Fu, The Brady Bunch, Chiller Theater
• Songs - "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones, "Let's Get it On" by Marvin Gaye, "B*tch" by The Rolling Stones, "Let It Be" by The Beatles, "Thank You" by Sly and the Family Stone, "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry
• Sports Stars - Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Walt Frazier, Pistol Pete Maravich
• The X-Files Episodes - Small Potatoes, One Breath, Duane Barry, The Unnatural, Hollywood A.D.
• Types of Music - Seventies Funk and Disco
• Zoo Animal - Elephant
Before David became an actor, he worked at several jobs including teaching assistant, caterer, bartender and delivering meat.
David's childhood nicknames at school included "Duke" and "Doggie."
At the age of 13, David won a scholarship to New York's Collegiate School, an elite private boys' school whose students included John F. Kennedy Jr.
Awards & Nominations:
- For The X-Files
• 1995 (W) - Best Actor in a Genre TV Series, Sci-Fi Universe Magazine Universe Reader's Choice Award, tied with Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5)
• 1995 (N) - Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series, Q Award (Viewers for Quality Television Awards)
• 1996 (N) - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama, Golden Globe Awards
• 1996 (W) - Most Popular Actor, National Television Awards
• 1996 (N) - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
• 1997 (N) - Best Genre TV Actor, Saturn Awards
• 1997 (N) - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Emmy Awards
• 1997 (W) - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama, Golden Globe Awards
• 1997 (W) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama, Golden Satellite Award
• 1997 (N) - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
• 1997 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards shared with castmates
• 1998 (N) - Best Genre TV Actor, Saturn Awards
• 1998 (N) - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Emmy Awards
• 1998 (N) - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama, Golden Globe Awards
• 1998 (N) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama, Golden Satellite Award
• 1998 (N) - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
• 1998 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
• 1999 (N) - Best Actor, Saturn Awards
• 1999 (N) - Best Genre TV Actor, Saturn Awards
• 1999 (N) - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama, Golden Globe Awards
• 1999 (N) - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
• 1999 (N) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
• 1999 (W) - Favorite Actor in a Drama, TV Guide Awards
• 2000 (N) - Favorite Television Friends, Blimp Award (Kids' Choice Awards), shared with Gillian Anderson
• 2000 (N) - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
• 2000 (N) - Favorite Actor in a Drama, TV Guide Awards
- For Californication
• 2008 (W) - Best International, BAFTA TV Award, shared with Tom Kapinos and Scott Winant
• 2008 (W) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical, Golden Globe Awards
• 2008 (N) - Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical, Satellite Awards
• 2009 (N) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical, Golden Globe Awards
• 2009 (N) - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards
- For Other Works
• 1997 (W) - Best Foreign TV Personality - Male, Aftonbladet TV Prize
• 1997 (N) - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, The Larry Sanders Show, for "Everybody Loves Larry"
• 1999 (W) - Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series, American Comedy Awards, The Larry Sanders Show
• 2003 (N) - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Life with Bonnie
David modeled for the Saks Fall 1995 catalog.
David worked on the following commercials: Löwenbräu Beer (1987), AT&T (1990s), Labatt Ice (1995), The Ford Mondeo - UK (1998), Sprint ION (1999), Pedigree Petfoods (2005-2008).
David was ABD ("All But Dissertation") when he left Yale, so he never actually received his graduate degree. The title of his uncompleted doctoral thesis was "Magic and Technology in Contemporary Poetry and Prose."
David was the subject of a song by singer Bree Sharp called "David Duchovny."
David played scholarship-level basketball during some of his high school and college career.
David and Gillian Anderson's birthdays are only two days apart. His birthday is August 7th and hers is August 9th.
Film, Video, and TV Movie Credits:
• The Joneses (2009) as Steve
• Si j'étais toi/The Secret (2007) as Dr. Benjamin Marris
• Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) as Brian Burke
• Queer Duck: The Movie (2006) (V) (voice) as Tiny Jesus
• Red Shoe Diaries 15: Forbidden Zone (2002) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 17: Swimming Naked (2001) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 14: Luscious Lola (2000) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 18: The Game (2000) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 12: Girl on a Bike (2000) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 8: Night of Abandon (1997) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 7: Burning Up (1997) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 16: Temple of Flesh (1997) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 6: How I Met My Husband (1996) (V) as Jake Winters
• The X-Files: The Unopened File (1996) (V) as Special Agent Fox Mulder
• Red Shoe Diaries 9: Slow Train (1996) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 13: Four on the Floor (1996) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 5: Weekend Pass (1995) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto Erotica (1994) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick (1993) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries 2: Double Dare (1993) (V) as Jake Winters
• Red Shoe Diaries (1992) (TV) as Jake Winters
• Baby Snatcher (1992) (TV) as David Anderson
• Ruby (1992) as Officer Tippit
• Denial (1990) as John
• New Year's Day (1989) as Billy
In 1996, he was chosen as one of People Magazine (USA)'s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. He also ranked No.22 among TV's Sexiest Men of All-Time by TV Guide.
One of David's grandmothers was from Scotland, and another was of Jewish descent from Warsaw, Poland. He speaks Hebrew.
In his free time, David loves writing poetry. A publisher friend of his has released a book of his poems. One of his published poems is entitled "Cliche Juice".
David's final The X-Files salary was $6,000,000.00 an episode.
David occasionally has an allergic reaction to metal which prevents him from wearing his wedding ring at times.
When David wasn't in Vancouver filming The X-Files, he resided in Malibu, California. He was partially responsible for moving the filming of the series from Vancouver to California.
David is 6' ½" (1.84 m). He has dark brown hair and green eyes.
He voice-acted for the following video games: The X-Files Game (1998) and The X-Files: Resist or Serve (2004) as Fox Mulder, XIII as XIII, and Area 51 (2005) as Ethan Cole.
Duchovny means 'spiritual' in Russian. His father, whose last name is spelled without an 'h', decided to remove the 'h' to avoid pronunciation mistakes. David decided to add back the 'h' while his brother Daniel has stuck with the same spelling as their father.
David's mother Margaret taught at Grace Church School in New York City and had a portion of the building named after her when she retired while his father, who comes from a Russian-Jewish family, Amram was a Brooklyn-born publicist for the American Jewish Committee. His father died on August 23, 2003 in Paris at the age of 75. He has a brother, Daniel, a sister, Laurie, and a step-brother, Jonathan Sahula.
When he was 27 years old, David had an accident while playing a pick-up game of basketball, damaging his right eye. He uses eye drops to keep the color right by keeping the pupil from dilating too much.
In 2000, David filed a $25 million lawsuit against the producers and syndicators of The X-Files alleging that he had been cheated out of his contractual share of profits from the series.
David has been married to actress Téa Leoni since May 6, 1997. They have a daughter named Madelaine West Duchovny (b. April 24, 1999) and a son named Kyd Miller Duchovny (b. June 15, 2002).
David: When I saw my white ass on the screen I saw I should have spray-tanned and maybe waxed.
David: (on what sort of green things he does for the environment) I poop in the backyard. Well, we recycle. We have solar energy. I drive an electric car. I wear disposable diapers. I don't know. That's a lot. We try to set an example. Unfortunately, you have to have the means to be green. That's what has to change in this world. It should be cheaper to be green. I can afford to put solar energy in and I can afford to drive an electric car because I can also have a gas car if I need to drive more than eighty miles in a day. So that's too bad.
David: (on playing Mulder again in another "X-Files" movie) I always wanted it to be a movie franchise. I never wanted to kill the character and leave the character behind, but I was tired of the grind of a television show. I thought it was a natural for movies.
David: (revealing why he and wife, Téa Leoni, try not to work together) We try not to work together because we feel like our relationship is kind of sacrosanct. But I can't imagine what would be worse than watching people that actually have sex have sex on camera. I can't imagine a creepier thing. So I wouldn't want to inflict that on you, and I wouldn't want to inflict it upon my relationship either.
David: Four hours it takes to film for one hour of show - inside the actor's studio. There was a guy in the front row who slept from hour two to hour three and iI can't say I blamed him. I might have even dozed off in the middle of a couple of my answers. My navel was sunburnt from having me gaze at it so long.
David: My idea of Hell would be, you go to Heaven and you're yourself up there.
David: If you're a young, single actor, you're an easy target...But I'm single, I've always been single, and I'm not a monk. So take your shots.
David: Showbiz can be silly - joking while the world is in such distress, even going about one's daily business while the world is begging for the big answers - but sometimes you just have to be thankful for a life where you get to hold a baby lion.
David: It's not so much, 'Oh, God, I'm a horrible actor' - although I do have those moments. It's just this feeling that it's never perfect. You want to reach that place where you're both in and out of yourself at the same time. And I don't get there enough.
David: I try to balance having to live in this painful physical world and trying to open up channels to another world. When you experience [the channels], you know they're true. But when you talk about them, you're in great danger of sounding like a knucklehead.
David: In the morning I work out, or look at my script if I need to. Then I get something to eat. I'm pretty much a vegetarian. Diet is important in my job. You have a commitment to a 10-month schedule, and you can't stay home even one day - you really can't. It would cost the production company hundreds of thousands of dollars.
David: Fame does lead to money, which I don't have a close relationship with. I'm the kind of guy who never sees the money -- it all goes somewhere else. I don't understand it, I don't like to deal with it. I have a fear of not having it, because I grew up without it.
David: I played one Magi in my school nativity play. After that I wouldn't take any other parts. It was like 'I've given our Lord frankincense and you want me to be a spear carrier?'
David: 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.
David: Privacy is something I have come to respect. I think when I was younger I wanted to tell everybody everything, because I thought I was so damn interesting. Then I heard the snoring.
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