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How David Duchovny Achieved a Net Worth of $80 Million

David Duchovny  is an American actor who tends to be best-known for two roles. One would be Fox Mulder on The X-Files. The other would be Hank Moody on Californication. Curiously, Duchovny put his acting career on hold in 2017 in preference for focusing on other pursuits. Since then, he has returned to his acting career, as shown by his role as Adam Harrison in The Craft: Legacy.

What Is David Duchovny's Net Worth?

As mentioned earlier, Duchovny tends to be best-known for two roles. He is known to have been paid well for both those two roles. Even so, estimates of Duchovny's net worth can come as a surprise to interested individuals. Celebrity Net Worth believes that he has a net worth of $80 million. That number is far from perfect. Nonetheless, it should be enough to give people a general sense of how much he has made throughout his career.

David Duchovny's Background

Duchovny has said that he is a mix of Russian Jew and Scottish Lutheran referring to his father and his mother respectively. However, he identifies with New York City, which makes sense because that is where he was born and raised. Education-wise, Duchovny seems to have done very well. For Grades K to 12, he went to the Collegiate School For Boys from which he would graduate as head boy. Subsequently, Duchovny would go on to earn a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree from Yale University. He started working on a Ph.D., but he left that unfinished.

His Interests in College Began with Nietzsche

When it came to his subjects of study, it seems safe to say that Duchovny preferred the humanities. Both his bachelor's degree and his master's degree were in English literature. Furthermore, he is known to have written poetry in this period of his life, which earned him an honorable mention for a college prize from the Academy of American Poets. Amusingly, Duchovny has even said that he had the fantasy of becoming the next Friedrich Nietzsche when he was a young man. One wonders why he would've wanted to be the next coming of an individual whose life has sometimes been summarized as a particularly cruel bit of irony.

Nietzsche disliked Germans, nationalists, and anti-semites, so of course, he wound up as the Nazis' philosophical figurehead. Something made possible by the fact that his anti-semitic sister had almost 40 years to do whatever she wanted with his literary estate to support whatever cause she wanted when he went mad. Still, it isn't hard to see why the artistically-minded might be drawn to the man considering his love of art, his embrace of life with its attendant sorrows, and his insistence that his readers think beyond what he has to say.

Duchovny Began acting in the 80s

He started acting in the late 1980s. Duchovny then landed the role of Fox Mulder on The X-Files in 1993. Initially, he thought that the show wouldn't last. Over time, that thought would be proven very wrong. After all, The X-Files was successful enough to receive 191 episodes over three decades. Yes, he had a reduced role as a recurring character for two seasons because of his own choices. Still, that means that he was in most of those episodes. On top of that, The X-Files has had not one but two movies released in 1998 and 2008. Unsurprisingly, Duchovny was paid very well for his work for the franchise. He was already making $150,000 an episode during the first three seasons. He was already making multiple millions of dollars on an annual basis because those seasons had 24, 25, and 24 episodes respectively.

By the fourth season, he was making $240,000 an episode. Besides this, Duchovny is known to have received large amounts of money for his work for the franchise from three other sources. First, he received $4 million for starring in the first movie. Second, he received $6 million for starring in the second movie. Third, he received a lump sum of $20 million as a settlement when he sued 20th Century Fox over the underselling of affiliate rights. These numbers make it clear that Duchovny earned tens of millions of dollars from just his work on The X-Files, particularly since so much of this money was earned in the 1990s.

His Post X-Files Career was a Huge Success

It seems safe to say that Duchovny has earned a great deal from the rest of his work as well. To name an example, he earned $225,000 an episode for his work for Californication. His role was one of the main characters for seven seasons totaling 84 episodes, meaning that he was paid multiple millions of dollars for that show as well. Duchovny has had numerous roles in other projects as well, which have presumably also seen him paid well. Even now, he is still acting. For instance, 2022 has already seen him appear in one movie called The Bubble and is expected to see him appear in another movie called You People.

Duchovny has had pursuits other than his acting. To name an example, he has written five novels so far. The fact that these novels were released in the late 2010s and early 2020s suggests that they are selling. Likewise, Duchovny has released three studio albums over the same approximate period. His initial studio album seems to have received mixed reviews. One of its failings was that it was too uneven. Still, some reviews say that he has managed to find his footing on his subsequent releases.

Still Going Strong In His 60s

Regardless, Duchovny is estimated to have a net worth of $80 million. That number sounds reasonable when one realizes that he earned tens of millions of dollars as one of the main characters in The X-Files franchise. Furthermore, that isn't counting his pay for his other roles, some of which are known to have been very well-compensated in their own right. Duchovny has just entered his 60s. Despite that, he remains very active, meaning that his net worth could continue to grow.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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