Birth Name: David William Duchovny
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 7, 1960
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
David Duchovny is an American actor, writer, director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He was the star of the television series The X-Files.
He is the son of Margaret (Miller), a teacher, and Amram Ducovny, a writer and publicist. David’s father was Jewish (his family immigrated from Ukraine and Poland), and was a writer and a publicist for the American Jewish Committee. David’s mother was a Lutheran immigrant from Scotland.
David has two children with his former wife, actress and producer Téa Leoni.
David’s paternal grandfather was Moshe/Morris Duchovny (the son of Abraham Duchovny and Dobe/Dora Kantin). Moshe was a Jewish emigrant, from Berdychiv, now in Ukraine, and part of the Russian Empire when David’s grandfather left.
David’s paternal grandmother was Hannah Julia Fiskoff (the daughter of Jacob Fiskoff and Esther Sterling). Hannah was a Polish Jewish immigrant.
Sources: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on the birthplace of David’s paternal grandfather, Moshe/Morris Duchovny – http://www.huffingtonpost.com
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