David Duchovny

David Duchovny

Duchovny in 2012, photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: David William Duchovny

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 7, 1960

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Scottish (mother)

David Duchovny is an American actor, writer, director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He has starred in The X-Files and the films Return to Me and Evolution, among many other roles.

He is the son of Margaret (Miller), a teacher, and Amram Ducovny, a writer and publicist. David’s father was Jewish, of Ukrainian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent, and was a writer and a publicist for the American Jewish Committee. David’s mother was 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.

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. Moshe was a Yiddish-language playwright, novelist, and journalist.

David’s paternal grandmother was Hannah Julia Fiskoff (the daughter of Jacob Fiskoff and Esther Sterling). Hannah was a Polish Jewish immigrant.

Sources: https://lareviewofbooks.org

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on the birthplace of David’s paternal grandfather, Moshe/Morris Duchovny – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Interviews with David Duchovny – http://duchovny.net

Genealogy of David Duchovny (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. Bitchinita says:

    always thought he was russian or ukrainian.

  2. ashash says:

    I loved him on The X-Files and Californication.

  3. levangelista36 says:

    Why is Lutheran a part of his ethnicity? I may be behind, but did that religion become an ethnicity? Confuzzled.

  4. Maria says:

    I heard his father changed there surname to something else when he moved to America.But David changed choose to change it back to Duchovny that`s good.

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