If you’re a fan of 90’s American TV, then The X-Files is probably in your list of shows that you religiously watched every Friday until its producers moved it to Sunday in 1996. The series has made Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) household names and has brought conversations about the paranormal and the supernatural into the mainstream consciousness. 

As one-half of The X-Files’ supernatural and paranormal cases-solving team, Gillian Anderson made a name for herself, and fans even voted for her as the FHM’s Sexiest Woman in 1996. On the other hand, David Duchovny’s fans never voted for him as the sexiest woman (for obvious reasons), but his fame and influence in pop culture are far-reaching.

So, if you’re curious about David Duchovny’s net worth, personal life, and what he’s currently up to, then read on to find out more. 

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David Duchovny’s Life

Early Life

You’ve probably noticed that David Duchovny’s last name isn’t the typical American last name, like Smith or Anderson. The reason why his last name is a bit unusual is that it’s a European last name, which you have probably been pronouncing wrong. For the record, Duchovny is supposed to be read as “doo-kuv-nee” and not as “doo-chov-nee”. It’s a minor and common pronunciation mistake that once you know it’s not an American last name, you might find out more about the actor’s family, lineage, and background.

While David Duchovny has European blood, he was born in New York in 1960. His parents are Amram Ducovny – who dropped the letter h in his last name, so people can stop mispronouncing it – and Margaret Miller Ducovny. His parents are a mix of Russian and Polish-Jewish descent, which explains their unusual last name.

David Duchovny’s educational background will also impress his fans – or anyone, for that matter – as not many are aware that he graduated as a summa cum laude and earned an A.B. in English literature from Princeton University. He was also ahead of his time and broke stereotypes in the 70s and 80s when he was writing poetry and thesis while being Princeton’s junior varsity basketball player. If you’re suddenly asking yourself, ‘’How tall is David Duchovny?‘’ after finding out he played basketball, he is 1.84 meters or 6 feet tall. Subsequently, he continued his studies and earned a Master of Arts in English Literature from the prestigious Yale University.

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Personal Life

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David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in The X-Files. Source: flickr.com

If you want to get up close and personal to the actor, then you wouldn’t have had that much chance back in his career’s heyday, when celebrities’ social media and personal lives weren’t a thing yet. Of course, you know that David Duchovny’s eye color is hazel, which may surprise you since it may appear in different colors like blue, grey, and even brown, depending on the lighting in every episode of The X-Files.

Of course, if you’re a fan, you’re interested in other facts about David Duchovny besides his eye color. If you want to get more personal, should know that he married actress Téa Leoni in 1997, but they separated in 2008. The couple reunited in 2009, only to eventually separate again in 2014. They have two children – a daughter and a son.

When it comes to some more little-known facts about David Duchovny’s life, it’s interesting to know he is a progressive human being who calls himself an environmentalist. He expresses his environmentalism as he supports electric vehicles and is also a semi-vegetarian. He is technically a flexitarian when it comes to his diet as he calls himself a “lazy vegetarian”. Being a lazy vegetarian means he would mostly eat vegetarian meals, but he doesn’t strictly adhere to a plant-based diet, although he said he doesn’t eat red meat anymore.

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Career

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Gillian Anderson is casually licking David Duchovny like it’s a common thing to do. Source: flickr.com

David Duchovny’s career started sometime in the late ’80s when he bagged several minor and recurring roles for different films and TV series, including Twin Peaks. In 1993, his acting career took off when he starred in the science fiction TV series The X-Files, where he played a conspiracy theorist FBI Special Agent who believed aliens abducted his sister.

Initially, David Duchovny didn’t think the series would last or that it would become a project with a cult following with a huge pop culture impact, but it did. Eventually, he left the show in 2011 due to some contract disputes. After some controversies and parting with the show, he starred in several films and TV series, but they did not give him the same level of fame as The X-Files did. 

He got four Emmy Award nominations during his career, and he also won a Golden Globes’ acting award for his role in Californication, where he played Hank Moody, a womanizing novelist. Due to his successful life as an actor, David Duchovny’s net worth is at a whopping $70 million as of December 2021.

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David Duchovny’s New Way Of Telling His Truth

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David Duchovny is performing music to tell his truth. Source: flickr.com

While David Duchovny’s net worth is primarily built by his acting career, which spanned decades, he is now more focused on a different kind of storytelling. On his Instagram page (@davidduchovny), you will see that he is now making music and writing novels.

While fans of The X-Files probably miss seeing him on screen, we should all be happy that he has gone to pursue his first love, which is writing. His music seems to be personal, as he sings, “What’s done is done, I can’t reverse ‘cause you’ve memorized it chapter and verse”, in his song “Chapters and Verse”, which could be his way of looking back at his career’s highs and lows. Whatever his recent endeavors are about, they seem to be reflecting his truth.

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By Leonard Corcuera

Leonard Corcuera is a freelance writer, poet, and visual artist from the Philippines. He first realized his love for writing and doing art at a young age that he studied Mass Communications. After graduation, he did several jobs until he landed his first writing gig, which he considered life-changing. He also had a band where he sang and wrote songs for. In 2018, he moved to Hanoi, Vietnam where he worked as an English teacher, poet, and a visual artist. You can check some of his art on Instagram @anumalei.

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