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 is known for his roles on The X-Files, Red Shoe Diaries, and Californication, and in the films The Rapture, Beethoven, Chaplin, Kalifornia, Playing God, Return to Me, Evolution, House of D, which he also wrote and directed, Things We Lost in the Fire, The Joneses, Phantom, The Estate, and You People, among other works.
He is the son of Margaret M. “Meg” (Miller), a teacher, and Amram Mayer Ducovny, a writer and publicist. David’s father was Jewish, of Ukrainian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and was a writer, and a publicist for the American Jewish Committee. David’s mother is a Lutheran emigrant, from Scotland, who was raised in a small fishing village.
David has two children with his former wife, actress and producer Téa Leoni.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2023) stated that David’s genetic ancestry is:
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
Genetically, he was found to have a common ancestor with actor John Leguizamo, through shared Jewish ancestry.
David’s paternal grandfather was Moshe/Moise “Morris” Duchovny (the son of Abraham/Avraham/Abraam Duchovny/Dukovny and Margolya Dobrish/Doba/Dobe “Dora” Kantor/Kantin). Moshe was a Yiddish-language playwright, novelist, journalist, and reporter. He was a Jewish emigrant, who likely was born in Romanivka, Berdychiv, now in Ukraine, and part of the Russian Empire when David’s grandfather left. The family ran a dairy farm there. They moved to Jaffa, now Israel, in 1910, and then were deported by the Ottoman Empire to Port Said, Egypt, in 1914, before settling in New York.
David’s paternal grandmother was Chany/Hannah “Julia” Fishhoff/Fiskoff (the daughter of Jacob/Jack S. Fishoff/Fiskoff and Esther Sterling). Hannah was a Polish Jewish emigrant, who was born in Warsaw.
Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on the birthplace of David’s paternal grandfather, Moshe/Moise “Morris” Duchovny – http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Genealogy of David Duchovny (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com