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  • FOX Turns 25: Catching up with the cast of 'X Files'

    It is just shy of 20 years since FOX’s addictive drama “The X-Files” debuted on the fledgling network in September of 1993. The series launched the careers of series lead stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and forever cemented the names of Mulder and Scully in the pop culture hall of fame.

    Creator Chris Carter crafted a rogue’s gallery of memorable characters lurking in the shadows throughout the series’ nine seasons (and two theatrical movies). Our friends at have taken it upon themselves to find out where some of those actors are now.

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    THEN: Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully

    After several stage roles, Gillian Anderson moved to Los Angeles in her early 20s to give Hollywood a try. At 24, she landed the shoulder-padded role of super-skeptic FBI special agent Dana Scully.

    She won an Emmy, Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal of the strong, stable Scully, who fell in love with her partner, Fox Mulder. Anderson stayed with the show for all nine seasons and two movies.

    NOW: Gillian’s Keeping it Classy

    As soon as she left the show, Gillian Anderson went right back to acting in theater and in TV period projects like “Bleak House” and hosting PBS’s “Masterpiece Theatre.” She now spends much of her time in England, raising her kids and doing theater, and in Ireland to film the upcoming BBC Two drama “The Fall.”

    See the entire gallery of “The X-Files” stars and where they are today at

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    THEN: David Duchovny as Fox Mulder

    An up-and-coming character actor prior to “The X-Files,” David Duchovny became a household name playing FBI special agent Fox Mulder, a conspiracy theorist who believed the truth was out there—and he was going to expose it, once he figured out what it was.

    Duchovny earned a Golden Globe statue and two Emmy nominations for his work. He stayed with the show for eight of the nine seasons, returned for the series finale in 2002, and starred in the two “X-Files” movies.

    NOW: Duchovny’s on Showtime

    After he left the show, Duchovny dabbled in film acting, directed the film “The House of D,” and finally went back to TV in 2007 with the Showtime titillating drama-comedy “Californication.” Duchovny won a Golden Globe for playing Hank Moody, a sexy but hot mess of a novelist who reluctantly resides in Los Angeles.

    See the entire gallery of “The X-Files” stars and where they are today at

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    THEN: Laurie Holden as Marita Covarrubias

    Marita was an informant mole for Agent Mulder, an operative for the Smoking Man and the Syndicate, as well as a red-hot lover for Krycek. Busy girl!

    She eventually turns on the Smoking Man and is called to testify at Mulder’s series-end murder trial. Aware that the things she knows could get her killed, she never divulges any key information and is dismissed from the stand.

    NOW: She’s a Zombie Killer

    Holden did 10 episodes of “The X-Files” and was a voice in the “The X-Files: Resist” or Serve video game, but she’s much better known today for her role as toughened-up undead killer Andrea on the hit zombie drama “The Walking Dead.”

    See all 28 photos of “The X-Files” stars and where they are today at

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    THEN: Dean Haglund as Richard “Ringo” Langly

    Essentially the young punk of the Lone Gunmen trio, Langly is the rival computer hacker of Frohike in the group. A huge fan of the Ramones, video games and Dungeons & Dragons role playing, Langly is the prototypical nerd virgin of the operation

    NOW: Dean Invents Things

    Another native Canadian actor, Dean Haglund is a stand-up comedian who costarred in the “X-Files” series, movie, and spin-off, “The Lone Gunmen.” He still acts in TV shows and films and hosted the Travel Channel series “Ghost Adventures.” Interestingly enough, Haglund also invented Chill Pak, a product used to externally cool down laptops.


    See all 28 photos of “The X-Files” stars and where they are today at

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