There's been quite a fuss about a nationalistic, Russian beer commercial David Duchovny made not long ago - especially given that he recently discovered that his roots are actually in Ukraine. For obvious reasons, this is less than ideal timing. As a genealogist who also has Ukrainian roots, but grew up being told she was Russian (Smolenyak - we must be from Smolensk, of course!), I decided to take a look into the specifics of Duchovny's case.
It doesn't take much effort to learn that his grandfather was Moshe Duchovny, but that's where things start to get challenging. If you search Ellis Island records for likely candidates, a couple with similar names pop up, but their ages and years of arrival don't match what's known about David's gra...
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