David William Duchovny was born August 7, 1960 in New York City, in a highly educated family of Amram Ducovny, a child of Jewish immigrant from Ukraine and Poland (both was parts of Russian Empire) and a publicist and novelist of note, and Margaret Miller, a school administrator and teacher, who immigrated from Scotland. Duchovny's paternal grandfather was from Berdychiv, Russian Empire (now in Ukraine), and Duchovny's paternal grandmother was born in Russian Poland (now in Poland).
Later, directors who worked with David would tell journalists that he was the most well-read and erudite actor in the whole of Hollywood.
Indeed, David started his formal education in the Grace Church School and the Collegiate School For Boys in Manhattan, continued at the prestigious Yale University, where he received his Master of Arts in English Literature diploma (in addition to an official recognition for his poetry), and is working on his Ph.D.!
Duchovny's career started almost accidentally, in 1987, from an advertisement for Löwenbräu beer. He was noted by talent scouts and next year appeared in Working Girl (1988) and in the cult series Twin Peaks, where he played the role of a transvestite DEA agent. His good looks brought him the role of the main character/narrator in the long-running erotica TV series Red Shoe Diaries on Showtime, and with this role - mainstream recognition. In 1993 he starred as FBI special agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files series - playing the role that would turn him into an idol for millions of Americans (and not just Americans!)
Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, was completely unsure the series would take off. To his surprise, it did it in a big way, quickly becoming one of Fox's TV staples and catapulting David Duchovny to universal fame.
Afterwards, David worked on dozens of television projects and several movies, receiving two Golden Globes, as well as the Most Popular Actor from the National TV Awards. Today he is working on the Aquarius TV series on NBC, a story of a detective investigating early crimes by Charles Manson.
Until 2008, Duchovny's personal life had been mostly a run-of-the-mill Hollywood variety: a beautiful wife - Téa Leoni, married 1997 - two loving kids, a switch to the ever-fashionable vegetarianism (later pescetarianism - he only eats fish and seafood, which is supposed to be healthier but still morally acceptable)... Then the sensation: David is addicted to women! That year he checked into a rehab for sex addicts, and soon the couple split. After several reunions and more splits, Duchovny announced they were still married but living separately.