Frank Spotnitz

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Frank Spotnitz

Quick Facts

  • Name: Frank Spotnitz
  • Birth Date: November 17, 1960
  • Birthplace: Camp Zama, Japan
  • Height: 5 feet, 8 inches
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue


Frank Spotnitz is an award-winning writer and producer best known for his work on The X-Files. His latest series, Hunted, is set to premiere in autumn 2012 on BBC1 and Cinemax. His other credits include Strike Back (2011), Samurai Girl (2008), Night Stalker (2005), Michael Mann’s Robbery Homicide Division (2002), The Lone Gunmen (2001), Harsh Realm (2000) and Millennium (1997-1999). Hunted, produced by Kudos Film and Television in association with Spotnitz’s own Big Light Productions, is an international spy thriller starring Melissa George. He created, wrote and executive-produced the eight-part series. Spotnitz directed two episodes and wrote or co-wrote more than 40 episodes of The X-Files television series. He served as a producer and co-writer of both X-Files feature films, “Fight the Future” (1998) and “I Want to Believe” (2008). He shared three Golden Globes for Best Dramatic Series and a Peabody Award for his work on The X-Files. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for writing and three times for Outstanding Drama Series. Spotnitz began his professional life as a journalist, writing for United Press International, Associated Press and Entertainment Weekly, among others, as well as reporting for the seminal French pop-culture TV series, Rapido. Born in Japan, he received a B.A. in English literature from UCLA and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the American Film Institute.


  • "The X-Files" was Spotnitz' first job in Hollywood.
  • Spotnitz first met Chris Carter in a book group in 1990.