An actor from Californication...

David Duchovny

Could you tell us about your charity?
I'm playing for UNICEF. Um, 24,000 children die every day across the world, and UNICEF is dedicated to saving every child they can. My wife Téa is on the, uh, board of U.S. fund. Her father is the chairman of the board and, um, her grandmother was one of the founders of UNICEF. So I have to win today, or else I can't go home.

What would winning $1,000,000 mean to your charity?
It's--it--you can't estimate. I mean, it's, uh, it's--it's an amazing opportunity and a very generous opportunity to be able to--to do--to try to do something like that.

Are you more or less nervous to play Jeopardy! this time?
I don't know. I think I'm--I'm probably more nervous to play this time. I don't know why, though. I should be less.

Did you prepare differently for this appearance than the last time?
Uh, no. No. I--I did nothing. I, uh... I'm f--I'm woefully unprepared.

What stands out in your memory about your previous appearance?
I--I remember I had a, uh, I had an answer, I knew the answer, but I--it was something like "Grover Cleveland" was the answer, and there's a--there's a pitcher named Grover Cleveland Alexander, and I--I went and I added the "Alexander" at the end of Grover Cleveland, and it was, uh, boneheaded.

What categories are you hoping to see?
Oh, I'd like--I'd like LITERATURE. I--I could--I could do SPORTS. I don't think I'd like SCIENCE very much.

"He's won two Golden Globes and stars as troubled novelist Hank Moody on Showtime's Californication. He will soon star alongside Demi Moore in the upcoming feature film The Joneses. Here is..."

Playing on behalf of UNICEF.

David Duchovny was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Princeton University and was pursuing a Ph.D. at Yale when he caught the acting bug. Subsequently, Duchovny emerged to become one of the most highly acclaimed actors in Hollywood. For Showtime's hit series Californication, he won the Golden Globe Award in January 2008 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. From 1993-2002, Duchovny starred in Fox Television's monster hit The X-Files, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. He was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his highly acclaimed appearances on Life with Bonnie and The Larry Sanders Show. Additionally, he has been nominated for a total of three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Series, five Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and a TV Critic's Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

Duchovny added the role of director to his already extensive list of accomplishments when he wrote, directed and starred in two critically acclaimed episodes of The X-Files, titled "The Unnatural" and "Hollywood A.D." Duchovny made his feature directorial debut in 2005 with House of D, which he also wrote and appeared in. Other feature film credits include: Things We Lost in the Fire, The TV Set, Trust the Man, Full Frontal, Zoolander, Evolution, Return to Me, Playing God, Kalifornia, Chaplin, Beethoven, The Rapture and Julia Has Two Lovers. Most recently he appeared in The X-Files: I Want to Believe, the highly anticipated follow-up to The X-Files movie, in which he reprised the role of Fox Mulder.

David appeared in the following archived game:
#5859, aired 2010-02-18 Chris Matthews vs. David Duchovny vs. Charles Shaughnessy 2009-2010 Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game 6.
David previously appeared on Jeopardy! as David Duchovny in the following archived game:
#2571, aired 1995-11-06 Stephen King vs. Lynn Redgrave vs. David Duchovny 1995 Celebrity Jeopardy! game 1.

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