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5 Amazing Facts about 'Twin Peaks' Alum - David Duchovny

Updated on March 4, 2016

If you are a fan of paranormal television, you might have heard there is going to be an X-Files reboot. You might even have checked out the remake of everyone's favorite alien conspiracy drama already, but there is another reboot on the horizon that could also be worth watching and it will also feature the actor behind 'Special Agent Fox Mulder' – David Duchovny

The newest revamping is of Twin Peaks, the strange little drama that inspired such a cult following in the 90's. Showtime is producing, and with a history of successes like Homeland, Dexter and Shameless, there is every reason to be excited about the mew version of this cult classic

If you were a fan of the original, you probably know that David Duchovny played the transgender D.E.A. agent Denise/Dennis Bryson in a few episodes. In 2015, he told the L.A. Times that he would likely be coming back to fill that role once again. "Seems like it,"Duchovny said. "I would bet on it if I were you.”

Duchovny also reprised his role as Fox Mulder on the X-Files recently and in honor of his newest potential appearance on this Showtime series, here are some pretty incredible things you may not have known about the actor.

1. David Duchovny has a Mutant Eye

Duchovny played a lot of sports when he was younger, particularly basketball. Unfortunately, one game of hoops ended with an injury that now causes one of the actor’s pupils to appear significantly larger than the other.

During much of the first season of The X-Files, Duchovny would start each scene by applying one of two kinds of eye drops that were reminiscent of the cake and potion that Alice scarfed down in Wonderland; one type would enlarge his pupil for the scene and the other reduced the mutant pupil until they were both the same size. According to X-Files creator Chris Carter, eventually the actor just stopped using the drops because they were inconvenient. Apparently, no one even noticed.


2. David Duchovny Has Two Very Mysterious Tattoos

Duchovny is sporting two tattoos with meanings that are probably only clear to those closest to him. The first seems rather straightforward. He has two children, named Madelaine West Duchovny and Kyd Miller Duchovny, born in 1999 and 2002 respectively. Madelaine West goes by her middle name and it is this name that Duchovny has tattooed on his left ankle, The design is an odd design – a compass – with ‘West’ as the only direction actually listed on the design. Does this have some deeper meaning? No one really knows.

The other mysterious tattoo is one located on the finger where his wedding ring goes. It was permanently etched there in 2007, on the actor’s 10th anniversary of his marriage to Tea Leoni. The tattoo is a simple four-letter design reading “A.Y.S.F. No one really knows what the initialism means, aside from Duchovny and Leoni themselves. The two divorced in 2014, so the meaning of those four letters may never be revealed.


David Duchovny is a Trivia Master

If you want to see something impressive, challenge David Duchovny to a game of 1960’s trivia. As part of an interview for the NBC television drama Aquarius, a show that pits Ducoveny’s character against the infamous cult-leader Charles Manson, Duchoveny answered a series of trivia questions about the era perfectly.

Some of the mind-benders that were included: the 1967 Film of the Year, singers that died in a plane crash in ‘67 and a band that was barred from the Ed Sullivan Show for life that same year. All of the questions were from that particular year, because it was the period Aquarius was set in, but that was still very impressive, considering that Duchovny was only seven years old in 1967.

Nassau Hall at Princeton University
Nassau Hall at Princeton University | Source

In Fact, David Duchovny is one of the Smartest People in Hollywood

Did you know that David Duchovny was a two-time ivy-leaguer? He attended Princeton University and earned his B.A. in Literature. As a graduate student, Duchovny attended Yale, and all he had left was his dissertation left to earn his graduate degree. He went into acting instead, but after securing the part of Fox Mulder on the X-Files, he recommended Jennifer Beals, a Yale classmate, for the part of “Dana Scully”. The part eventually went to Gillian Anderson instead.

Duchovny also graduated as valedictorian from one of the best private high schools in the country. He is one of the most intelligent people in the entertainment industry and speaks at least four languages: French, Latin, Hebrew and of course, English.

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Holy Cow: A Novel
Holy Cow: A Novel

Duchovny's first work of fiction was not well-received by critics or readers.


David Duchovny Does Other Stuff Too

Earlier, it was mentioned that Duchovny played basketball when he was younger. In fact, he played more than one sport and does other stuff too. He played JV basketball in high school and played varsity baseball and wanted to make a career of it (about the same time he wanted to be a bathtub when he grew up, according to his parents) Ultimately, he decided upon acting of course, but recently, David Duchovny has shown that there is more to him than just his acting chops.

In 2015, Duchovny wrote his first book – a children’s novel called Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale. It told the story of a cow who finds out what humans actually raise cattle for, and takes a trip to India, where cows are sacred. The book was apparently intended to be a commentary on the animal rights issue, but it was very poorly received by both readers and critics, both of whom cited the writing style and paper-thin plot as reasons why it was so abysmal. This was surprising, considering to Duchovny’s familiarity with English literature and his education in the subject from such respected institutions as Yale and Princeton.

A Vision of Fire: Book 1 of The EarthEnd Saga
A Vision of Fire: Book 1 of The EarthEnd Saga

Gillian Anderson's co-authored thriller series has been compared by some readers as having an X-Files "vibe." This is book #1 of the series.


Another surprise is that Gillian Anderson, the other star of The X-Files, has co-authored a couple of novels herself, along with New York Times bestselling author Jeff Rovin.

Also in 2015, Duchovny released his first music album. It contained songs in a rock-and-roll style similar to Coldplay. The album was called Hell or Highwater, and in sharp contrast to his foray into literature, the album was mostly well-reviewed. The record included the title track as well as eleven other songs.

Previously, Duchovny’s only other real entrance in the music industry had been as the subject of a fan tribute song by singer-songwriter (and lead vocalist of the electronica band Beautiful Small Machines) Bree Sharp. The song was called “David Duchovny (Why Won’t You Love me)” and she performed it at a Barnes & Noble in New York City in front of Duchovny, who was promoting Holy Cow.


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