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THEN AND NOW: How the cast of 'The X-Files' has changed since the '90s

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THEN AND NOW: How the cast of 'The X-Files' has changed since the '90s

Post by jade1013 on Fri 29 Dec - 8:20

THEN AND NOW: How the cast of 'The X-Files' has changed since the '90s

Anjelica Oswald, INSIDER

Agents Mulder and Scully are back. Shane Harvey/FOX

"The X-Files" ended back in 2002, but was revived 14 years later. Now, the series is back for its 11th season.

Since first starting in 1993, though, a lot has changed, including the cast of characters who have returned.

See how the returning characters compare to their earlier seasons.

"The X-Files" premieres Wednesday, January 3 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

David Duchovny has brought Agent Fox Mulder to life since 1993.

Agent Mulder on season five. Marcel Williams/Fox

Duchovny's first TV role was as a transgender DEA agent on "Twin Peaks" and he served as a narrator on Showtime's"Red Shoe Diaries." He also had a few movie roles before joining the "X-Files," including "Working Girl" and "Chaplin."

He returned as the iconic character for the revival.

Mulder on season 11. Robert Falconer/Fox

In between the old and new "X-Files" seasons, Duchovny was the lead on Showtime's "Californication." He also was the lead detective on "Aquarius."

Gillian Anderson has played special agent Dana Scully since the very beginning.

Scully on season eight. Randy Holmes/Fox

Anderson's career started in theater before she moved to Los Angeles to pursue other roles. She landed her first movie role in "The Turning." She had intentions to never do TV. But after struggling for work, she went for it. After landing her role on "The X-Files," her career took off.

She returned to the role that earned her a Golden Globe for its revival.

Scully on season 11. Shane Harvey/Fox

Her most famous roles to date have been on the TV series "The Fall," "Hannibal," and "American Gods." She will next appear in the movie "The Spy Who Dumped Me."

Mitch Pileggi's Walter Skinner has been around since season one, though he wasn't always a main character.

Skinner in his younger days. Fox

Pileggi's career started with small roles on shows like "Dallas" and "The A-Team" before he eventually joined the "X-Files" cast.

Pileggi is back as Skinner.

Skinner on season 11. Shane Harvey/Fox

The actor went on to star on "Stargate Atlantis" and "Sons of Anarchy." He was recently in "Transformers: The Last Knight."

William B. Davis was introduced as the Cigarette Smoking Man back on season one.

The Smoking Man is an antagonist. Larry Watson/Fox

Davis held numerous roles before playing the antagonist on "The X-Files," but it was his notorious chain-smoking character that really established his career.

Now at the age of 79, he's still smoking those cigarettes on the show's revival.

The Cigarette Smoking Man is back. Robert Falconer/Fox

He's continued acting, but also made the jump to directing. He even wrote and directed three of his own short films.

Annabeth Gish first joined the series as special agent Monica Reyes during season eight.

Reyes on season eight. Fox

Before joining the series, Gish was known for her movie roles, including "Mystic Pizza" and "Nixon."

Reyes returned for the show's revival.

Reyes on season 10. Ed Araquel/Fox

Since first joing the series, Gish has gone on to appear or star on many popular TV series, including "The West Wing," "The Bridge," "Rizzoli and Isles," and "Halt and Catch Fire." Fans can catch her next on the upcoming Netflix series "The Haunting of Hill House."

Chris Owens first joined the cast as special agent Jeffrey Spender back on season five.

A look at a young Spender. Fox

His "X-Files" character was Owens' biggest role to date when he was first cast. But his tenure ended quickly after his character was killed off or at least so it seemed. Three seasons after dying, his character returned for the ninth and final season.

They couldn't keep Spender away from returning for the newest seasons.

Spender on the newest season. Robert Falconer/Fox

Owens had a string of small roles, including a part in "Molly's Game," since then.

Dean Haglund is well-known for portraying Richard Langly, one of The Lone Gunmen, a group of conspiracy theorists who made small appearances on the show.

A young Langly with his long hair. Fox

The popularity of the three Gunmen led to their own spin-off titled the "The Lone Gunmen," but it was canceled after a drop in ratings. After that, the three were killed off the show after sacrificing themselves.

All the Gunmen, including Langly, returned for the season 10 revival in a drug-induced hallucination that Mulder has.

Langly has his long hair. Ed Araquel/Fox

Though the three were only brought back in a hallucination, Haglund is credited with another appearance on the upcoming season 11.

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