Mitch Pileggi

Actor, Housing accounting specialist (for defense contractor)
This tall, athletic and bald character player of film and TV certainly made the most of a guest shot on a first season episode ("Tooms") of the hit Fox paranormal drama "The X-Files". Pileggi (pronounced "puh-ledgy") ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1952 in Portland, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

The X-Files 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dallas 2006 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2004 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Models Inc. 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 2004 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1991 - 1992, 2004 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sons of Anarchy 2006 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stargate: Atlantis 2004 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Supernatural 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Woodshop 2014 (Movie)

Miller (Actor)

Space Twister 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Finder 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Against the Wall 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leverage 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Castle 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Human Target 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Medium 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Plain Sight 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Magic's Biggest Secrets Revealed 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Brothers & Sisters 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Day Break 2006 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flash of Genius 2008 (Movie)

Macklin Tyler (Actor)

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Man in the Chair 2007 (Movie)

Floyd (Actor)

Reaper 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eyes 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mountain 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tarzan 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

James Patterson's First to Die 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The X-Files 1993 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lone Gunmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gun Shy 2000 (Movie)

Dexter Helvenshaw (Actor)

That '70s Show 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the X-Files 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Legion of Fire: Killer Ants 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Players 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Actor)

More Secrets of the X-Files 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

It's Pat 1994 (Movie)

Concert Guard No 2 (Actor)

Pointman 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Basic Instinct 1992 (Movie)

Internal Affairs Investigator (Actor)

Drexell's Class 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Visions 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Brothers in Arms 1990 (Movie)

Caleb (Actor)

Shocker 1989 (Movie)

Horace Pinker (Actor)

Return of the Living Dead Part II 1988 (Movie)

Sarge (Actor)

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown 1987 (Movie)

Cannery Lab Foreman (Actor)

Rio Abajo 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Three O'Clock High 1987 (Movie)

Duke Herman (Actor)

Three on a Match 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Dalton: Code of Vengeance 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Exploring the Unknown (TV Show)

Actor

Knight Rider 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Raven Hawk (TV Show)

Actor

Recount (TV Show)

Actor

The Sky's No Limit (TV Show)

Actor

Waco & Rhinehart (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This tall, athletic and bald character player of film and TV certainly made the most of a guest shot on a first season episode ("Tooms") of the hit Fox paranormal drama "The X-Files". Pileggi (pronounced "puh-ledgy") was invited back for an eight-episode arc at the beginning of the second season--largely coinciding with Gillian Anderson's diminished presence due to her pregnancy. Initially viewed with suspicion by both the show's protagonists and fans, the intense, repressed and seething FBI Assistant Director Skinner eventually won everyone over with his quietly heroic efforts to aid his sometimes renegade agents even at the price of angering his masters and putting his professional and physical life on the line. Skinner has said that he stands on the line that David Duchovny's Agent Fox Mulder routinely crosses. The character became one of the show's tiny group of recurring characters. Pileggi realized well into his characterization that he had been unconsciously modeling Skinner on his own late father, Vito, a defense contractor.

Relationships

Debbie Andrews

Wife
"Army brat" met when Pileggi was a student in California married 1978 divorced in 1983

Vito Pileggi

Father
worked for a defense contractor to US Department of Defense provided Pileggi's inspiration for his characterization of the FBI's Assistant Director Skinner on "The X-Files"

Maxine Pileggi

Mother

Sawyer Pileggi

Daughter
born on May 24, 1998

Nick Pileggi

Brother
not the author-journalist-screenwriter

Arlene Warren

Wife
met on set of "The X-Files" Warren is the stand-in for series star Gillian Anderson born c. 1966

EDUCATION

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas
graduated

Fullerton College

Fullerton , California
junior college

Milestones

1996

Provided narration for the Fox compilation special "More Secrets of the X-Files"

1996

"Promoted" to a regular on "The X-Files" as of the 1996-97 season

1995

Signed a six-year contract to appear on "The X-Files"

1994

Joined the cast of Fox's hit paranormal drama "The X-Files" in the recurring role of Assistant Director Skinner

1990

Appeared in three episodes of the hit CBS primetime soap "Dallas"

1989

First feature lead, played mass murderer Horace Pinker in Wes Craven's thriller "Shocker"

1985

First TV guest shot, "The A-Team" on NBC

1984

TV-movie acting debut, "The Sky's No Limit", a CBS drama about three female astronauts

1984

Feature acting debut, a small part in "On the Line/Rio Abajo", a Spanish production about the relationship between two US border guards and a Mexican prostitute

1983

Moved to Los Angeles after getting divorced (date approximate)

1980

Returned to US during the Iranian revolution; settled with wife in Austin, TX (date approximate)

1978

Hired to work as a housing accounting specialist for a defense contractor in Iran; moved there with his wife Debbie Andrews (date approximate)

1962

At age ten, moved with family to Ankara, Turkey for four years (dates approximate)

Left acting after high school

Attended junior college in California for a year

Attended college in Munich, Germany

Born in Portland, Oregon

Impressed his teacher with his performance of "Maria" from "West Side Story" in high school chorus (an American school in Turkey); began playing leads in school musicals

Lived through two coups and coup attempts in Turkey

Resumed acting; became involved in community theater at the Zachary Scott Theatre as a bookkeeper, janitor and set builder as well as actor; productions included "The Lark", "Lone Star" and "Bent"; played Pilate in "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Bonus Trivia

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"'Though he plays a stern disciplinarian', says the show's executive producer, Chris Carter, 'Mitch has a certain gentleness viewers really took to.'""Gentleness isn't the only thing they took to. 'A lot of women want to kiss my head,' he says doffing his cap. Ironically, Pileggi's baldness nearly kept him from getting the role. 'He looked a little extreme,' says Carter, recalling the actor's first two auditions. By his third try, Pileggi had stopped shaving his head and grown out what hair he does have. 'I went in with this surly attitude', he says. 'Maybe they were just trying to piss me off so I'd be that way.'""Those who should know say this crossness is pure acting. 'Mitch is a tough, honest, standup guy," says [Gillian] Anderson, 'but he can get really goofy.' Adds Duchovny: 'He's been known to suddenly break into show tunes.'" --From "To the Top: Senior G-Man" in People, May 6, 1996.

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