An American actor, singer, writer, and director with an estimated net worth of $80 million, David Duchovny. For his award-winning performances as Fox Mulder on “The X-Files” and Hank Moody on “Californication,” Duchovny is best recognized. Duchovny has acted in more than 30 films, including “Kalifornia” (1993), “Evolution” (2001), and “Zoolander,” however he is most recognized for his television performances (2001). In addition, he is a talented writer and musician.

Early Life

On August 7, 1960, in New York City, David William Duchovny was born. His father, Amram (who passed away in 2003), was a writer and publicist, while his mother, Margaret, was a teacher and a school administrator. David’s father was Jewish, while his mother is from Scotland. Daniel and Laurie Duchovny, who both directed episodes of “Californication” in 2008 and appeared as guests on a 1999 episode of “The X-Files,” were Duchovny’s siblings.

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Prior to enrolling at Princeton University, Duchovny attended Grace Church School and The Collegiate School for Boys. He joined the junior varsity basketball team there and earned a summa cum laude English literature degree there in 1982. He received an honorable mention for his poetry from the Academy of American Poets that year. Additionally, David received a Master of Arts in English Literature from Yale and started but never completed a Ph.D.


David made $150,000 for every episode of The X-Files for its first three seasons. For a 24-episode season, that equates to $3.6 million annually. At today’s prices, after accounting for inflation, that comes to around $7 million annually. David and his co-star Gillian Anderson both made $240,000 per episode by the fourth season. A 24-episode season would cost $5.76 million in this case. That is equivalent to $10 million in today’s money after inflation is taken into account.

In 1999, David filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, alleging that the media giant had defrauded him of “The X-Files” income by underselling affiliate rights. A $20 million one-time lump sum payment was used to resolve the complaint.

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For their roles in the first X-Files movie, David and Gillian received $4 million each. For the second picture, they each made an estimated $6 million.

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David received $225,000 for every episode of “Californication” while he was the show’s star. David made $2.7 million before taxes for each season of Californication because there were 12 episodes per season.

David produced a number of films while playing the lead on “The X-Files,” including “Playing God” (1997) and “Return to Me” (2000). He also hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice, in 1995 and 1998. He starred in “House of D” in 2005, a film he also wrote and directed.


David started playing the guitar in 2011, and in 2015 and 2018 he released the albums “Hell or Highwater” and “Every Third Thought.” All 24 songs on the albums were written by him, and he also played guitar and sang on them. For each album, Duchovny went on a U.S. and European tour. He also gave a portion of the sales from “Every Third Thought” to the D’Addario Foundation, a charity that promotes music education.

Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale, the debut book by actor David Duchovny, debuted in 2015 and peaked at number 15 on the “New York Times” Best Seller List.

David Duchovny's Net Worth?

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“Time Out New York” listed “Bucky F*cking Dent” as one of the year’s top novels. “Truly Like Lightning: A Novel,” David’s fourth book, is scheduled to be released in 2021.

Personal Life

After getting hitched to actress Téa Leoni in May 1997, David welcomed son Kyd in June 2002 and daughter Madelaine in April 1999. Duchovny sought therapy for sex addiction at a rehab facility in August 2008, and in October it was revealed that he and Téa had been apart for a while. After they had reunited, the pair separated once more in 2011, and they finally got divorced in June 2014, apparently agreeing that Duchovny would pay $40,000 per month in spousal maintenance and $8,000 per month in child support.

Awards and Honors

David received the Golden Globe for Best Actor by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 1997 for “The X-Files,” and in 2008 for “Californication,” he won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Additionally, he won the 1999 “TV Guide” Award for Favorite Actor in a Drama for “The X-Files” and the 1997 Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Drama.

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