David Duchovny. Unsecret files.
He is UFO-obsessed FBI agent Fox Mulder of The X-Files, a true believer in ancient genetic mutants and parasites from another galaxy. His name means ‘spiritual’ in Russian. He is David Duchovny.
David Duchovny was born in New York City on August 7, 1960. His Russian-Jewish father, Amram ‘Ron’ Ducovny (yes, they spell their names differently!) is a writer. His Scottish mother is a housewife. Before David was born his parents had been English teachers at the Berlitz, school.
When his parents divorced, David was raised by his mother, along with his sister Laurie and his brother Daniel.
“My father took the “h” out of our last name because he was tired of having it mispronounced,” says David.
“But when my parents divorced, my mother put the “h” back in, as a show of solidarity with how a family member spelled the name. I spell it with the “h”; my brother doesn’t use the “h”. My sister goes back and forth, depending on her mood… I think it’s a beautiful name that I’m told means “spiritual” in Russian. I don’t care how people spell the name as long as they get the meaning.”
When David was a boy he went to a prestigious private school in Manhattan. “He was a very bright kid with a brilliant sense of humor,” his father remembers. “At school he was always top of the class.”
After school he entered Princeton University. Then he studied English Literature at Yale University and worked as a teaching assistant.
David was working at his PhD thesis at Yale when one of his friends suggested that he should try acting classes.
“It made sense,” says David, “because I was 26 years old and didn’t feel like spending the rest of my life teaching. I liked teaching, but it seemed like living in an unreal world.”
Soon he made $9.000 for appearing in a TV commercial for Lowenbrau beer. It was twice as much money as he made as a teaching assistant.
Duchovny’s PhD thesis. Magic and Technology in Contemporary Fiction and Poetry was never finished. He moved to Hollywood.
His mother was angry when he had given up studying.
Even now, when she speaks to him on the phone, she always asks him: “When are you going to finish your thesis?” He laughs and says: “Later, later.”
David’s first year in Hollywood was very hard. He was unemployed and could hardly make both ends meet.
Luckily, he was invited to play in a commercial and later in a feature film. “Acting gave me a sense of team and I liked this very much,” David says.
Very soon Duchovny appeared in such feature films as Chaplin, Beethoven, Julia Has Two Lovers, Red Shoe Diaries and Kalifornia. His work in the movies attracted the attention of Chris Carter, the famous creator of The X-Files.
A TV series weren’t in Duchovny’s plans, but he was impressed by the script for The X-Files. So he became agent Fox Mulder.
Here is what Duchovny says about his work with Carter: “I enjoy working with Chris. He respects what I have to say. We have different ideas about Mulder from time to time… I’m always trying to make him a little funnier, a little lighter… Chris is the boss. But he is not always there. When he’s away, I do what I want. Then he comes back and scolds me.”
David Duchovny admits that he has some things in common with Fox Mulder. “We look alike. We’re not completely different. Nothing shocks either of us… And I think it would be impossible to act all the time 10 months of the year. It would kill you.”
David is often asked if he believes in UFOs. “I don’t know if we’ve been contacted or the aliens have landed,” he says with a shrug, “but it would seem rather odd to me it this planet is the only one in the universe with life on it”.
David is very surprised not only by the success of The X-Files but by his own personal popularity. Chris Carter has called him ‘frighteningly smart’. Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) has described him as ‘hysterically funny’. Other actors who have worked with him describe him as modest, professional and hard-working. He also has a good memory for names and faces.
David is fond of sports. He played basketball and baseball at school and university. He keeps in shape with jogging and yoga exercises.
He writes poetry, but, as he says, he does not read it in public anymore.
Here is one of David Duchovny’s poems.
Home is where the heart is and my heart is
out traveling. Up into the wild blue yonder,
wingless, prayerful that this miracle of flight
will not end, just yet.
Also at home, with you. On the ground
wherever you might be at the moment, grounded
like a highschooler, like a wire, a bird and a wire,
feet on the ground and my heart in my throat now, now
in my feet, lawfully descending with gravity
to the lower, lowest, most sought after
most beautifully bound, home.
Aspirations involve reparations. We reach
for the stars wondering what we are.
But my Reason has been found
by finding you and looking down. And it is there,
not in the stars of fantasized worlds, fifth
dimensions, sixth senses, holy parallel potentates of
potentialities — that my feet will trace
their slow as history itself dance:
a walking calligraphy so subtle that it will take 40 years
and more and a view from above
with an impersonal remove and lofty attachment I hope
to barely fall at that mythical two-backed beast; itinerant
like the one I enjoy up here in the well attended air,
о read the cursive strokes of my aggregate footsteps,
like some fairy tale dissolve, “Once upon a time ” or twice
written on our little page of earth, ground,
where our home may be
wherever we happen
(From Speak out 6\1999)
Duchovny is a former vegetarian and, as of 2007, is a pescetarian.
According to David, he suffers from hypersexuality, like Hank Moody, his hero in TV series Californication. Here are five main women in the life of David Duchovny
David married actress Tea Leoni on May 6, 1997. In April 1999, Leoni gave birth to a daughter, Madelaine West Duchovny. Their second child, a son, Kyd Miller Duchovny, was born in June 2002. On October 15, 2008, Duchovny’s and Leoni’s representatives issued a statement that they had separated. After getting back together, they split once again on June 29, 2011.
They co-starred in the TV series “X-Files”. However, their love affair was brief.
Actress Perry Reeves also played with David in “X-Files”. She played the role of a vampire, who had affair with Mulder.
Actors often appeared together, but denied rumors about their affair.
Sheryl Lee was actor’s short-lived passion. Later, she appeared with David in an erotic anthology series “Red Shoe Diaries” in the episode “Jake’s Story”.