HOLLYWOOD — Four-time Emmy-nominated actor David Duchovny received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Jan. 25, one day after the premiere of a six-episode run of “The X-Files” on Fox.
Chris Carter, creator of “The X-Files,” and comedian Garry Shandling, joined Duchovny in speaking at the ceremony in front of the Fox Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
“It’s a strange feeling — I have no idea what kind of movies this place shows,” Duchovny joked, glancing at the theater. “I have a bad feeling.”
He gave high praise to Carter, saying, “I wouldn’t have a career without Chris and his show, ‘The X-Files.’ That really made everything happen for me as an actor.”
He also described doing a scene on Shandling’s “The Larry Sanders Show.”
“It’s fast and it’s quick and it’s Garry and its fantastic, he’s fantastic,” Duchovny said. “And he looked at me after we did one take and he said, ‘How old are you?’ And I said, ‘33,’ and he said, ‘What took you so long?’ And it’s still to me my favorite compliment — I think it’s a compliment — my favorite compliment I’ve ever received from another actor.”
Duchovny received outstanding lead actor in a drama series Emmy nominations in 1997 and 1998 for his portrayal of FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder on “The X-Files,” which initially ran on Fox from 1993-2002 and spawned two feature films.
Duchovny’s other Emmy nominations were for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for appearances on HBO’s “Larry Sanders Show” and ABC’s “Life with Bonnie.”
Born Aug. 7, 1960, in New York City, Duchovny received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a master’s degree in English literature from Yale and was studying for a doctorate when he decided to pursue a career in acting.
Duchovny made his film debut in the 1988 romantic comedy “Working Girl,” playing a friend of the character portrayed by Melanie Griffith. His pre-“X-Files” television roles included transvestite Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Denise/Dennis Bryson on “Twin Peaks” and narrator of the erotic Showtime anthology series, “Red Shoe Diaries.”
Duchovny’s first post-“X-Files” series-starring role was troubled novelist Hank Moody in the 2007-14 Showtime comedy-drama “Californication.”
His NBC period police drama “Aquarius” will return for a second season this year.
Duchovny’s other film credits include “Kalifornia,” “The Rapture,” “Julia Has Two Lovers,” “Chaplin,” “Beethoven,” “Evolution,” “Return To Me,” “Playing God” and “Full Frontal.”