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By On This Day in NYC's History


On August 7, 1960: Actor David Duchovny was born. He attended the Grace Church School in downtown Manhattan and the Collegiate School on the Upper West Side before attending Princeton University. After a series of bit and character parts, Duchovny landed the role of Special Agent Fox Mulder on the TV show The X-Files. More recently, he played a 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. It was adapted from a movie by the same name, and was nominated for six Tony awards, including Best Musical.


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