David Duchovny Net Worth, Family, Bio, Height, Awards

What is David Duchovny’s Net Worth and Salary?

David Duchovny is an American actor, musician, writer, and director who has a net worth of $80 million. David Duchovny is best known for the award-winning roles of Fox Mulder on “The X-Files” and Hank Moody on “Californication.” Though Duchovny is most well-known for his television roles, he has also appeared in more than 30 movies, including “Kalifornia” (1993), “Evolution” (2001), and “Zoolander” (2001). He is also an accomplished author and musician.

The actor, writer, director, was born in New York City, and attended university on the East Coast, eventually choosing to ditch his Ph.D program at Yale University to pursue acting full-time.  He appeared in smaller roles in various film and television projects throughout the late 80s and early 90s, including “Working Girl”, “Twin Peaks”, and “Red Shoe Diaries”, before landing the role of Fox Mulder on the hit series, “The X-Files”.  The success of that show led to larger roles in various feature films, including, “Kalifornia”, “Playing God”, “Return to Me”, and “Zoolander”.  He also began writing and directing, helming episodes of “The X-Files” and “Bones”.  He went on to write and direct the feature film, “House of D” and starred on the hit Showtime show, “Californication” which aired seven seasons between 2007 and 2014.

Early Life

David Duchovny was born David William Duchovny on August 7, 1960 in New York City. His mother, Margaret, was a teacher and school administrator, and his father, Amram (who passed away in 2003), was a writer and publicist. David’s mother is Scottish, and his father was Jewish. Duchovny grew up with 2 siblings, Daniel and Laurie; Daniel directed a 2008 episode of “Californication” and guest-starred in a 1999 episode of “The X-Files” that was directed by David.

Duchovny studied at Grace Church School and The Collegiate School For Boys before attending Princeton University, where he joined the junior varsity basketball team and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English literature in 1982. That year he was recognized by the Academy of American Poets, receiving an honorable mention for his poetry. David also earned a Master of Arts in English Literature from Yale and began working on a PhD but never finished it.

Early Acting Career

While working on his Ph.D., Duchovny spent the summer of 1987 taking acting classes in New York. He landed his first acting job, a Löwenbräu beer commercial, before heading back to Yale and appeared in “Working Girl” the following year. David played transgender DEA agent Denise Bryson on 3 episodes of “Twin Peaks” from 1990 to 1991, appeared in “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” (1991), and began hosting Showtime’s “Red Shoe Diaries,” which ran from 1992 to 1996.

The X-Files

In 1993, Duchovny took on what would become an iconic role: Special Agent Fox “Spooky” Mulder on “The X-Files.” The Fox series ran until 2002, then returned in 2016 for season 10 and 2018 for season 11. The show also spawned the movies “The X-Files: Fight the Future” (1998) and “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” (2008).

After season 7, Duchovny decided he no longer wanted to be a regular on the show and only appeared in 12 episodes in season 8 and 9. In 2004, “TV Guide” published a list of the “50 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends,” ranking Mulder #7.

X-Files Salary

For the first three seasons of The X-Files, David earned $150,000 per episode. In a 24-episode season that would work out to $3.6 million per year. After adjusting for inflation that works out to around $7 million per year in today’s dollars. By the fourth season, both David and his co-star Gillian Anderson were earning $240,000 per episode. That would equate to $5.76 million per 24-episode season. That’s the same as $10 million in today’s dollars after adjusting for inflation.

David sued 20th Century Fox in 1999, claiming that the company had undersold affiliate rights to “The X-Files” and cheated him out of the show’s profits. The lawsuit was settled with a one-time lump sum payment of $20 million.

David and Gillian each earned $4 million to star in the first X-Files film. They each earned an estimated $6 million for the second film.

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Duchovny returned to television in 2007, playing novelist Hank Moody on Showtime’s “Californication,” which ran for 7 seasons. Duchovny acted as an executive producer on the show, a role he would also take on when he starred in NBC’s “Aquarius” from 2015 to 2016.


While starring on “Californication,” David was paid $225,000 per episode. There were 12 episodes per season, so David earned $2.7 million before taxes for each season of Californication.

Other Work

While starring on “The X-Files,” David made several movies, including “Playing God” (1997) and “Return to Me” (2000), and he hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 1995 and 1998. In 2005, he appeared in “House of D,” which he also wrote and directed.

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Music Career

David began playing guitar in 2011 and released the album “Hell or Highwater” in 2015 and “Every Third Thought” in 2018. In addition to providing guitar and vocals, he also wrote all 24 songs that appear on the albums. Duchovny embarked on a U.S. and European tour for each album, and he donated some of the proceeds from “Every Third Thought” to the D’Addario Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education.

Writing Career

Duchovny published his first book, “Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale,” in 2015, and it reached #15 on the “New York Times” Best Seller List. He followed up his successful debut with 2016’s “Bucky F*cking Dent” and 2018’s “Miss Subways: A Novel.” “Time Out New York” included “Bucky F*cking Dent” on their list of 2016’s best books. David’s fourth book, “Truly Like Lightning: A Novel,” is set to be published in 2021.

Personal Life

David married actress Téa Leoni in May 1997, and they welcomed daughter Madelaine in April 1999 and son Kyd in June 2002. In August 2008, Duchovny sought treatment for sex addiction at a rehabilitation center, and in October, it was announced that David and Téa had been separated for several months. The couple later reconciled, but they split up again in 2011 and divorced in June 2014, reportedly agreeing that Duchovny would pay $40,000 per month in spousal support and $8,000 per month in child support.

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Awards and Honors

In 1997, David won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama for “The X-Files,” and he received the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for “Californication” in 2008. He also earned a 1997 Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Drama and 1999 “TV Guide” Award for Favorite Actor in a Drama for “The X-Files.” In the late 1990s, Duchovny was honored for a guest appearance on “The Larry Sanders Show,” winning an Online Film & Television Association Award in 1998 and an American Comedy Award in 1999. David received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016; the star of the man who brought Fox Mulder to life is appropriately located in front of the Fox Theatre.

Real Estate

In 2008, Duchovny and Leoni sold their Malibu estate to Mel Gibson for $11.5 million. Also in 2008, they purchased a Manhattan co-op for $6.25 million, and they put it on the market for $9.25 million in 2013.

In 2012, David paid $6.25 million for a 3-bedroom home at The Ardsley in New York City. The apartment has three bedrooms and three bathrooms  and includes a private elevator, a fireplace, high ceilings, a stunning terrace, and ridiculous views of the park across the street.  The apartment is a sunny corner unit.

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