Born and raised in New York City, Duchovny attended Princeton University, received his Masters Degree in English Literature from Yale and was on the road to earning his Ph.D. when he caught the acting bug.
Many inside and outside the film/TV industry first took notice of Duchovny’s talent with his guest spot as Dennis/Denise Bryson, the transvestite detective in David Lynch’s 1990 breakthrough television series Twin Peaks, a role which he reprised on the Showtime reboot. On a Friday night of September 10, 1993, audiences were introduced to Gillian Anderson’s Agent Dana Scully, as she is assigned to work with Duchovny’s Agent Fox Mulder on the X-Files, to debunk his work on the paranormal.
Subsequently, Duchovny emerged to become one of the most highly acclaimed actors in Hollywood. The star of Fox Television’s international monster hit The X-Files, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, he was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his highly acclaimed and some say risqué appearances on Garry Shandling’s The Larry Sanders Show. In January 1997, David won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He has been nominated for a total of three Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild and a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in a Drama Series.
David 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, titled “The Unnatural”, which starred Jessie Martin; “Hollywood A.D.”, starring Garry Shandling and actress Tea Leoni; and “William”.
Duchovny has appeared in several feature films, including Kalifornia (1993), in which he costarred opposite Brad Pitt, Ivan Reitman’s Evolution (2001), and a memorable cameo in Ben Stiller’s film Zoolander (2001).
He 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.
Duchovny returned to television in 2007, taking on the lead role of Hank Moody, for seven seasons on the Showtime series Californication. Immediately following this, he took on another starring role on the period crime drama Aquarius, Detective Samson Benedictus "Sam" Hodiak.
Of late, Duchovny has ventured into other artistic fields, including writing novels (Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale and Bucky F*cking Dent), as well as releasing two studio albums, Hell or High Water in 2015 and Every Third Thought, released earlier this year.