David Duchovny (born August 7, 1960 in New York City) is an American television and film actor most famous for playing the character of FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files TV series.
His father was Brooklyn-born Jewish writer Amram Duchovny and his mother is Margaret Duchovny, a Scottish-born teacher. His siblings are Daniel and Laurie Duchovny. David is a graduate of a prestigious boys' school in Manhattan, The Collegiate School, Princeton University and also holds a Master's degree in English Literature from Yale University. He married actress TÃ©a Leoni on May 6, 1997. On April 24, 1999, Leoni gave birth to a daughter, Madelaine West Duchovny. Their second child, a son, Kyd Miller Duchovny, was born June 15, 2002. The Duchovnys make their home in Malibu, California.
Before The X-Files, Duchovny had a memorable recurring role as a transvestite DEA agent on the series Twin Peaks. He also made several guest appearances in the cult TV satire The Larry Sanders Show, playing himself, and he featured memorably in the final episode of the series, performing a parody of Sharon Stone's infamous 'flashing' scene from Basic Instinct.
Singer Bree Sharp released a song named for the actor, "David Duchovny" in 1999. The song in which Sharp sings, "David Duchovny, why won't you love me?" is both a tribute to Duchovny and a parody of celebrity-worshipping in general; the record became a novelty hit.
He has also been a guest host on Saturday Night Live (May 13, 1995; May 9, 1998).