Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi


4/5/1952, Portland, Oregon

Birth Name

Mitchell Craig Pileggi


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Mitch Pileggi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and after college decided to pursue a career in acting. He had small roles in films like 'Return of the Living Dead Part 2' and 'Deathwish 4: The Crackdown.' He played the titular role in the Wes Craven…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • His favourite X-Files episode is "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose".

    • Mitch worked as a defense contractor for several years in Iran, until the Iranian revolution forced him to get out of the country.

    • His favourite football teams are St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins.

    • Mitch Pileggi played bull in the episode the good son on That' 70s show.

    • He appeared as Terry Waters in the tv series "ER".

    • He personally did the voice of A.D Walter Skinner in the x-files game Resist or Serve.

    • Mitch Pileggi appeared as D.E.A. Agent Hammond on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .

    • Mitch Pileggi appeared as a senator for "The West Wing".

    • Mitch Pileggi played Dr. Russell Marcus on Nip/tuck.

    • He appeared in the pilot of Day break.

    • Pileggi became involved with regional theater, performing in such productions as Jesus Christ Superstar, Lone Star and Bent. After landing a few small parts on television, Pileggi made the move to Los Angeles.

    • He landed his The X-Files role as F.B.I. Assistant Director Walter S. Skinner partly because the producers wanted to play against type and introduce a quietly dynamic bureaucrat rather than the stereotypical paper-pusher.

    • Wife: Debbie Andrews (married. 1978, divorced. 1983)

    • Skinner's character was based on his father.

    • He was credited on the opening credits in the last season of The X-Files.

    • He was a cop in the movie "Basic Instinct".

    • Wes Craven was impressed by his performance when he made his audition for the movie "Shocker". Craven gave him the leading role as Horace Pinker.

    • He lived in Turkey for awhile.

    • After college in Germany, he got a job working for a defense con­tractor in Iran, where he met his first wife.

    • Mitch Pileggi played football in high school.

    • "When I was younger, I was a small, skinny kid," says Pileggi, recalling a time before his sex symbol status.
      He has many fans due to the serie "The X-Files".

    • To get the role of Skinner, he had to audition three times. "I thought, this guy {X-Files creator Chris Carter} either hates me or I must be a totally bad actor," says Pileggi. "But he told me later it was because my shaved head was too extreme for an FBI agent." The role was originally intended to be a minor one, but it fit Pileggi so well that he was soon getting more and more lines.

    • Pileggi is the first to admit that life is sweet these days.

    • After guest-starring as Assistant Director Walter Skinner in a first-season episode of The X-Files in 1994, Pileggi was asked back for several episodes of the second season. The character gradually became the most important character besides the two leads, and remained with the show until its end in 2002.

    • David Duchovny was best man at his wedding.

    • Mitch and his wife Arlene were married in Hawaii on Christmas Break 1996.

    • He is Italian-American.

    • He played a hitman in "Model INC". (during the 2 last episodes of the serie)

    • Mitch Pileggi's daughter Sawyer Pileggi was born on May 24, 1998.

    • Mitch Pileggi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a degree in business.

    • Mitch Pileggi married Arlene Warren, Gillian Anderson's stand-in on the "The X-Files" in 1996 and she had a recurring role as A.D. Skinner's Assistant. She is listed as Arlene Pileggi in the credits.

  • Quotes

    • Mitch Pileggi: My dorm when I was studying in Munich was an old SS barracks that was supposedly haunted. One night we were sitting around, making fun of the spirits. At some point I went back to my room. There was a big brass candelabra on the dresser. I knelt down to get into the closet and the candelabra came crashing down and just missed my head. It was on a totally flat surface. Nothing could have knocked it over. It was very weird. I apologized to the spirit immediately.

    • Mitch Pileggi: (about putting forward script ideas to the writers) No, I'm just too lazy. I come up with typical X-FILES character names sometimes - SAM CLUTCH, for instance.

    • Mitch Pileggi: (about watching X-Files) I had heard people talking about it for a long time, and I honestly hadn't watched the show until I did it. And then, once I did it, and started watching it, then I was like, man, this is a good show. (laughs) I really got hooked into it...

  • Primary character in Criminal Minds Season 4 Episode 11 "Normal" First Aired: 12/17/2008. Played the Road Warrior. Brilliant performance

    Mitch Pileggi is Norman Miller, a shell of a man, going through the motions of every day life. We learn his youngest daughter was killed while he was changing a tire. His wife and two remaining daughters blame him. Driving the freeway, he is cut off, by a woman driver, talking on her ear phone. When he tries to talk to her she tells him off. She reminds him of his wife. He goes after her and shoots, at her car, with a shotgun. His portrayal of the Road Warrior is very convincing. We can see the underlining issues he is facing.moreless
  • Give this man a show

    I love Mitch Pileggi's work in anything

    It is too bad that dumb tv networks

    As well as executives don't take much notice

    And if they don't, he will be relegalated

    To supporting roles

    Wonder why he couldn't be able to carry

    The lead in a show because he would be

    Very good at it

    Loved him as the FBI Assistant Director

    Didn't like at first but then it takes awhile

    For a character to grow I suppose!