The best characters of "the X-Files"

by JohnSlash | created - 15 Sep 2012 | updated - 31 Jan 2013 | Public

The best characters of "the X files" in order from greatest to least.

(Only characters who've been in more than one episode.)

1. David Duchovny

Actor | The X Files

David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a ...

Fox Mulder

(Best episode: "The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati" or "Redux II")

2. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry.

Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. ...

Dana Scully (Best episode: "Moment Mori" or "all things")

3. Megan Leitch

Actress | The X Files

Megan Leitch was born in 1965 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for The X-Files (1993), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and Stargate SG-1 (1997).

Samantha Mulder (Best episode: "Redux II") ----------------------------------------------------- also played by Vanessa Morely & Mimi Paley

4. Jerry Hardin

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

A highly engaging, charismatic, and reliable character actor with a long and distinguished career spanning half a century, Jerry Hardin has been gracing both the big and small screen, and stage, with many enjoyable performances, highlighted by a relaxed and pleasing Southern twang. Born November 20...

Deep Throat (Best episode: "E.B.E.")

5. Roy Thinnes

Actor | Airport 1975

Roy was born on April 6, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. During his formative years, he had wanted to become a doctor or football player - or, if one wants to believe his early press releases, both. He started in show business at a radio station, where he did everything: engineering, DJ shows, news and...

Jeremiah Smith (Best episode: "Talitha Cumi")

6. Mitch Pileggi

Actor | The X Files

Mitch Pileggi was born on April 5, 1952 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Mitchell Craig Pileggi. He is an actor, known for The X-Files (1993), The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) and Basic Instinct (1992). He has been married to Arlene Warren since January 1, 1997. They have one child. He was ...

Walter Skinner (Best episode: "One Breath" or "Avatar")

7. William B. Davis

Actor | The X Files

William B. Davis was born on January 13, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as William Bruce Davis. He is an actor and director, known for The X-Files (1993), The X Files (1998) and The Dead Zone (1983). He has been married to Emmanuelle Herpin since 2011.

Cigarette Smoking Man (Best episode: "Redux II")

8. John Neville

Actor | The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

When he was in his early sixties, Terry Gilliam cast him in the title role of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). Although the film was a financial failure, his starring role in this major production, as well as his fine performance, led to an explosion in his career. He has since had ...

The Well-Manicured Man (Best episode: "Paper Clip")

9. Peter Donat

Actor | The Game

The Cando-American actor Peter Donat had a 50-year-long career in TV, motion pictures and theater. So respected was Donat, that Francis Ford Coppola considered casting him in the role of Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972) that went to Robert Duvall.

The nephew of Oscar-winning actor Robert Donat, ...

William Mulder (Best episode: "Anasazi")

10. Steven Williams

Actor | The Blues Brothers

Steven Williams was born on January 7, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Blues Brothers (1980), The X-Files (1993) and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993).

Mr. X (Best episode: "Herrenvolk")

11. Jeff Gulka

Actor | The X Files

Jeff Gulka was born on January 1, 1987 in British Columbia, Canada as Jeffrey Gulka. He is an actor, known for The X-Files (1993), Once Upon a Time (2011) and Stan Helsing (2009).

Gibson Praise (Best episode: "The Beginning")

12. Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Actor | Dances with Wolves

A renowned American Indian activist-singer-songwriter.

Albert Hosteen (Best episode: "The Blessing Way" or "Paper Clip")

13. Jolie Jenkins

Actress | The X Files

Jolie Jenkins was born on March 7, 1974. She is an actress, known for The X-Files (1993), Desperate Housewives (2004) and Shasta McNasty (1999). She has been married to David Pagani since October 27, 2001. They have one child.

Leyla Harrison (Best episode: "Alone")

14. Veronica Cartwright

Actress | Alien

Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour (1961), Spencer's Mountain (1963) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). As such, she was cast as...

Cassandra Spender (Best episode: "One Son")

15. Laurie Holden

Actress | Dragged Across Concrete

LAURIE HOLDEN is best known to audiences as Andrea in the hit AMC drama series The Walking Dead. However, Laurie's big acting break came much earlier in her career, starring with Vanessa Redgrave in the critically acclaimed TNT mini-series Young Catherine. Since that auspicious beginning, she has ...

Marita Covarrubias (Best episode: "One Son")

16. Melinda McGraw

Actress | Mad Men

Melinda McGraw is a classically trained actress known for her range, playing a wide variety of roles in comedy and drama alike. Ms. McGraw grew up in the Boston area and was a member of the Boston Children's Theater. She attended Bennington College briefly until she was accepted at the Royal ...

Melissa Scully (Best episode: "One Breath")

17. Bill Dow

Actor | Legends of the Fall

Bill Dow is an award-winning actor and director (and occasional writer) in theatre, film, and television, with scores of credits over a long and varied career. Currently appearing in two hit television series, Bill Dow is a versatile and sought after performer.

As Dr. Lee on Stargate SG-1 (1997), he...

Dr. Charles Burk (Best episode: "Leonard Betts")

18. Annabeth Gish

Actress | Mystic Pizza

A versatile actress, Annabeth Gish weathered the transition from child actor to adult, with a variety of dramatic and comedic roles on film and television.

Anne Elizabeth Gish was born on March 13, 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved with her family to Cedar Falls, at the age of two. Her ...

Monica Reyes (Best episode: "This Is Not Happening")

19. Robert Patrick

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Robert Hammond Patrick Jr. was born on November 5, 1958 in Marietta, Georgia, and raised in Columbus, Ohio, the eldest of five children. He attended the Bowling Green State University in Ohio, but dropped out after he took a drama course and became interested in acting. After leaving college, he ...

John Doggett (Best episode: "Via Negativa")

20. John Finn

Actor | Catch Me If You Can

John Finn was born on September 30, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as John Joseph Finn. He is an actor and director, known for Catch Me If You Can (2002), Glory (1989) and True Crime (1999).

Michael Kritschgau (Best episode: "The Sixth Extinction")

21. James Pickens Jr.

Actor | Grey's Anatomy

James Pickens Jr. was born October 26, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending college at Bowling Green State University, Pickens began pursuing an interest in acting. He graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1976. Afterwards, Pickens began work on the stage at the Roundabout Theatre...

FBI Deputy Director Alvin Kersh (Best episode: "One Son")

22. Bruce Harwood

Actor | The X Files

Bruce was born in North Vancouver but then moved to Prince Rupert. When he was in elementary school, his family moved to Vernon, British Columbia in the Okanagan Valley, where he lived until going to the University of British Columbia. He met Heather when they were in Junior High School together, ...

John Fitzgerald Byers (Best episode: "Unusual Suspects")

23. Tom Braidwood

Actor | The X Files

Tom Braidwood was born on September 27, 1948 in British Columbia, Canada. He is an assistant director and actor, known for The X Files (1998), Da Vinci's Inquest (1998) and The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008).

Melvin Frohike (Best episode: "The Blessing Way")

24. Dean Haglund

Actor | The X Files

Dean Haglund was born on July 29, 1965 in Oak Bank, Manitoba, Canada. He is an actor, known for The X Files (1998), The X-Files Game (1998) and The X Files: Resist or Serve (2004).

Richard 'Ringo' Langly (Best episode: "The Gift")

25. Lucy Lawless

Actress | Xena: Warrior Princess

New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless, is most famously known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess". Lucy is married to producer Rob Tapert (Robert Gerard Tapert) and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert, who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy ...

Shannon McMahon

(Best episode: "Nothing Important Happened Today II")

26. Nicholas Lea

Actor | Vertical Limit

Nicholas Lea was born on June 22, 1962 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Vertical Limit (2000), The X-Files (1993) and Chaos (2005).

Alex Krycek (Best episode: "Paper Clip")

27. Raymond J. Barry

Actor | Just Married

Raymond J. Barry was born in New York, and attended Brown University, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball, and track. While there, he earned his degree in Philosophy and as a senior, was cast in the stage production of "Picnic," where he played a football player. He then entered the...

Senator Richard Matheson (Best episode "S.R. 819")

28. Don S. Davis

Actor | A League of Their Own

Don S. Davis was born on August 4, 1942 in Aurora, Missouri, USA as Don Sinclair Davis. He was an actor, known for A League of Their Own (1992), The Fan (1996) and Twin Peaks (1990). He was married to Ruby Fleming-Davis. He died on June 29, 2008 in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada.

Captain William Scully (Best episode: "One Breath")

29. Brian Thompson

Actor | Joe Dirt

Brian Earl Thompson was born on August 28, 1959 in Ellensburg, Washington. Raised on the Columbia River in Longview, he learned the value of academics and athletics, as the son of two teachers and the second of six siblings. His interest in acting was first sparked during his senior year of high ...

Alien Bounty Hunter (Best episode: "Herrenvolk")

30. Brendan Beiser

Actor | Tooth Fairy

Canadian actor Brendan Joseph Beiser was born in Boston Massachusetts. His father, a Canadian psychiatrist, held a professorship at Harvard in the late '60s/early '70s. When Brendan was six, the Beiser family moved to from the US to France for a year before returning permanently to Canada. Brendan ...

Agent Pendrell (Best episode: "Herrenvolk")

31. Steve Railsback

Actor | The Stunt Man

Noted for his dangerous, chameleon-like portrayals while possessing the scariest-looking pair of eyes in the business, leathery-looking Steve Railsback has mesmerized us over the years with a number of weird, often warped roles both on film and television. While never achieving the degree of ...

Duane Berry (Best episode: "Duane Barry")

32. Doug Hutchison

Actor | The Green Mile

Doug grew up in Detroit and Minneapolis, eventually moved to N.Y.C., and attended the Juilliard School for a brief stint. After studying two years with Sanford Meisner and working a plethora of odd-ball jobs (including dressed as a giant Citibank card handing out fliers in Times Square), the actor ...

Eugene Victor Tooms (Best episode: "Tooms")