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By On This Day in NYC's History


On August 7, 1960: Actor David Duchovny was born. Duchovny attended the Grace Church School in downtown Manhattan and the Collegiate School on the Upper West Side before matriculating at Princeton University. After a series of bit and character parts, Duchovny landed the role of Special Agent Fox Mulder on the cult TV show The X-Files. Recently, he has been in the news for his starring role on the critically acclaimed dramedy Californication.


On August 7, 1977: The original production of Shenandoah closed on Broadway after 1,050 performances. The musical chronicles the experiences of a Virginia family during the Civil War as they searched for and rescued a member who had been captured by the Union Army. Adapted from a movie by the same name, Shenandoah was nominated for six Tony awards including Best Musical.


On August 7, 1942: Tobin Bell was born in Queens. Known for his role as the “Jigsaw Killer” in the seven Saw movies, Tobin has mentioned numerous times that he hopes to branch out from the role, to discourage from being typecast. He also, interestingly enough, had his start as an actor in an unaccredited role in Sydney Pollack’s 1982 film Tootsie.

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