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In this first-ever feature for Axios, we take a look at the people, places, and projects that make up the iconic cast and crew of The X-Files, the iconic characters who’ve inspired generations of viewers.
From the late 1970s through the early 2000s, David Duchovny played Walter Skinner, a CIA agent who was obsessed with finding out what was really going on in the world.
He’s played by Bryan Cranston, who’s also played the title role in four X-Men films, including Apocalypse, Days of Future Past, and X-Force.
Ducho-Cranston, a two-time Emmy Award winner, was the first to break into the mainstream and, as a writer and producer, his work helped define the show.
In addition to Breaking Bad and The Sopranos, Duchocran and Cranston were also behind several critically acclaimed TV series, including the Emmy-winning True Blood and The Wire.
Ducho and Cranson were also the first two actors to co-write the original pilot episode of The Soprano.
He also served as executive producer of the first season of Breaking Bad, and in 2008, he was the final season’s final episode.
The duo also created the X-Factor, an original series for Fox, which ran from 2009 to 2014.
The X-files began in 1994, when David Dufresne (John Travolta) and his colleague Mike Skinner (Gary Oldman) created the highly-anticipated series, The X Files.
Dufre-Clerk, who’d previously appeared on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, was a major character in the series, playing a mysterious FBI agent with the power to create anything and everything in the universe.
The show was a smash hit, drawing in fans for its witty, surreal style and unique blend of crime and science fiction.
Ducresne and Oldman also wrote and directed the first three seasons of the show (a fourth was written but never produced), as well as many of its spinoff shows.
In 1999, Dufsne and Travoitsons final season of the series was cancelled after just three seasons.
In the first series, Dukes’ (Paul Giamatti) team of X-men, including Wolverine, Cyclops, and Jean Grey, battled against the evil Sentinels (aka the X).
Dukes and his team also included X-man Jean-Paul Valley (Michael Pena) as the head of the team, and Wolverine as the villain.
In the second season, the X’s team fought the Sentinel-controlled Sentinelle.
This time, the Sentins were led by Cyclops (James McAvoy), who was voiced by the late Michael Cera.
The series was nominated for five Emmys, including Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for Dukes.
In 2001, Duke and McAvoys X-force team of mutants, including Storm, Cyclonus, and Psylocke, traveled to the fictional planet of Earth to stop a virus from taking over the planet.
It was a huge hit, selling out arenas across the globe and earning Dukes the prestigious Writers Guild of America’s Writers Guild Award for Best X-franchise in 2001.
Storm and Cyclonu’s team also featured X-beast Emma Frost (Sandra Bullock), who played Storm’s best friend, Colossus (Michael Fassbender).
In addition, in 2003, the team teamed up with the X, led by Phoenix (Cobie Smulders), to stop the Xtraverse, a threat that would destroy Earth and the universe as we know it.
The Xtraversed were eventually defeated by the Xmen.
The series was also a major influence on the modern Marvel universe, including Captain America: The First Avenger, The Defenders, and Iron Man 2.
In 2009, D’Esposito’s show, The Simpsons, aired for the first time in 20 years.
In a nod to the show’s iconic cast, the show featured Dukes (who also wrote the pilot) as one of the hosts of the late-night show, which aired on ABC for seven seasons.
The Simpsons aired for three seasons and was picked up for a fifth, but it was canceled shortly before the third season was due to air.
The producers and writers behind The Simpsons are credited with popularizing the show to a younger audience.
In 2010, Duches and Dukes teamed up again to create The X Men, a TV series about the X brothers, Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Jean-Luc (Patrick Wilson), and Simon (Cory Michael Smith).
In the series’ second season and final two, the brothers teamed up to stop an alien threat that had been sent by the evil Magneto.
Magneto’s X-scythe attacked a US naval base