Australian Conne-X-ion The Cast: Mitch Pileggi
Although he was born in Portland, Mitch Pileggi was literally raised all over the world. His father was a subcontractor for the Department of Defense, and he attended Fullerton College, the University of Maryland branch college in Munich, Germany, and the University of Texas.
After working briefly with the Department of Defense himself, Mitch got involved with regional theater in Austin, Texas, performing in such productions as Jesus Christ Superstar, Lone Star, and Bent. After landing a few small parts on television, he made the move to Los Angeles.
Mitch's feature film credits include Gun Shy, Takedown, Basic Instinct, Vampire in Brooklyn, Guilty as Charged and Shocker. On television, he had a recurring role on Dallas and has made numerous guest-star appearances on such shows as ER, That 70's Show, Models Inc., Roc, China Beach, Hooperman, and Get a Life. Mitch also appeared in the television movies Absolute Stranger, Trapped, Knightrider 2000 and Marabunta.
Assistant Director Walter Skinner
An ex-Marine with a stern sense of duty, the Bureau's Assistant Director Walter Sergei Skinner sometimes has little patience with Mulder's unorthodox methods of investigation. More than once he has warned Mulder and Scully that their inquiries were crossing into dangerous territory. He has also been forced to shut down the X-Files, but decided to reopen them on his own authority.
Skinner seems to be caught between two agendas: agents Mulder and Scully on one side and the Cigarette-Smoking Man on the other. Frequent visits by the CSM portray Skinner as another Syndicate lackey, but his efforts on behalf of Mulder and Scully "through unofficial channels" clearly show his concern for the agents and their work. Still, Krycek has proven that the Assistant Director can never be released from the hold of those in power. The ex-Agent holds the console that can increase the amount of nanotechnology machines in Skinner's blood stream.
While he has never been fully convinced of Mulder's alien theories, Skinner is astonished to see a bright light flash across the sky and witnesses Mulder disappear in "Requiem" (7X22). He is filled with emotion as he later recounts the events to Scully. "I'll be asked what I saw," he says. "And what I saw I can't deny. I won't."