On the fantasy drama THE X-FILES/FOX/1993-2002, FBI agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) called her father “Ahab” after the sea captain who sought the White Whale in Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel “Moby Dick” (Dana’s favorite novel). Consequently, her father called Dana “Starbuck” after the able lieutenant in the same novel. And Dana called her dog “Queequeg.”
Dana Katherine Scully was born on February 23, 1964 in Annapolis, Maryland and later moved to San Diego, California. Her Irish-Catholic family includes her father, William (Don S. Davis), a US Navy Captain who died of a heart attack in January 1994; mother Margaret Scully (Sheila Larken) who had a heart attack, went into a coma, and then died in 2016;, older brother, William “Bill” Jr., younger brother Charles (seen in flashbacks) and older sister, Melissa.
Dana attended The University of Maryland, and in 1986 received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. Her undergraduate thesis was titled Einstein’s Twin Paradox: A New Interpretation.
She was recruited by the FBI while in medical school at Stanford University. After two years with the bureau, Division Chief Scott Blevins assigned her to work with agent Fox “Spooky” Mulder.
Her job was to monitor Mulder’s activities and report back to her superiors who hoped Dana’s observations would help them shut down Mulder’s investigations into the paranormal (“The X-Files”). But over time, Dana’s loyalty shifted from her superiors to Fox Mulder. When Mulder came up missing, Dana was teamed with Special Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick).
When a pregnant Dana delivered her son, she named it William.