Golden Globe and American Comedy Award winner, and a two-time nominee
for the Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, David Duchovny
once seemed an unlikely candidate to become an actor. A native New
Yorker, David received a graduate degree in English literature from
Yale University to prepare for a career as a teacher. While at Yale,
he began commuting to New York to study acting and was soon appearing
in off-Broadway plays. In 1987, in the midst of his doctoral studies,
he left Yale to pursue acting full time.
Before The X-Files, David was probably best known for his memorable
portrayal of Dennis/Denise, the transvestite detective in the television
series Twin Peaks, and for his performance opposite Mimi Rogers
in the acclaimed feature film The Rapture. His other feature film
credits include Return to Me, The X-Files, Playing God, Chaplin,
Beethoven, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Kalifornia, and
the critically acclaimed Julia Has Two Lovers. David was also the
central character of Showtime's The Red Shoe Diaries.
For television he has made three guest appearances playing himself
on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, which garnered him an American
Comedy Award. He also did voice-over work on The Simpsons, Dr. Katz,
and Duckman, and has twice hosted Saturday Night Live.
David has been involved in writing and creating stories for many
episodes of The X-Files, and he wrote and directed two episodes:
"The Unnatural" and "Hollywood A.D."
(Biography courtesy of The X-Files
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