While Fox's hit sci-fi show The X-Files is considered one of the best science fiction television shows of all time, and helped to launch the careers of stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, the show also featured a large number of guest stars in its 9 year and 9 season run. With the upcoming revival series premiering at the end of the month it, like many of you, is causing me to almost have Netflix on 24/7 to catch up in time for the debut.
Now, before I get to the long list of memorable guest players, I want to give a shoutout to the honorable mentions for this list. You may recognize a couple of them from some of your favorite stuff, or you may not know them at all, but here they are:
-Xander Berkeley & Felicity Huffman (Seas. 1, Ep. 8)
-Zeljko Ivanek (Seas. 1, Ep. 23)
-CCH Pounder (Seas. 2, Ep. 5)
-Perry Reeves (Seas. 2, Ep. 7)
-Constance Zimmer (Seas. 7, Ep. 13)
-Michael Emerson (Seas. 9, Ep. 18)
Now that we've discussed those who (unfortunately) didn't make the list, it's time to recall the 25 most memorable guest stars of The X-Files.
(P.S. As with the honorable mentions, the list goes in chronological order of appearance)
Seth Green - Emil (Seas. 1, Ep. 2 "Deep Throat)
Brad Dourif - Luther Lee Boggs (Seas. 1, Ep. 13 "Beyond the Sea)
Michael Horse - Sheriff Charles Tskany (Seas. 1, Ep. 19 "Shapes")
Now, Horse appears on this list for two distinct reasons: He was an important character on one of my favorite shows of all time, Twin Peaks, and this episode served as a reunion between him and Duchovny after said show.
Jon Gries & Tony Todd - Salvatore Matola & Augustus Cole (Seas. 2, Ep. 4 "Sleepless")
Bradley Whitford, Leland Orser, Shawnee Smith & Hiro Kanagawa - Daniel Trepkos, Jason Ludwig, Jessie O'Neil, Peter Tanaka (Seas. 2, Ep. 9 "Firewalker")
Terry O'Quinn - Lt. Brian Tillman (Seas. 2, Ep. 12 "Aubrey")
Michael J. Anderson - Mr. Nutt (Seas. 2, Ep. 20 "Humbug")
As with Michael Horse, Anderson appears on this list for having appeared on Twin Peaks as the Man From Another Place, although his and Duchovny's characters never had any interaction on that show.