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Walter Skinner

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FBI Assistant Director Walter Sergei Skinner is a fictional character portrayed by American actor Mitch Pileggi on and its short-lived spin-off The Lone Gunmen, both broadcast on Fox. In the science fiction-supernatural series, Skinner supervised the , which is concerned with unresolved FBI cases of mysterious or possibly supernatural circumstances. Fox Mulder, the FBI agent in charge of the X-Files, considers the X-Files the truth behind the supposed conspiracy. Skinner was a main character , and of the show and a recurring character throughout the . Skinner made his first appearance in the 1994 episode "Tooms". At the start of the series, Skinner was dismissive towards Mulder's belief in extraterrestrial and other strange phenomena. However, throughout the series Skinner has moved on to respect and agree with Mulder's idea, which is finally proven in "", when he saw an Alien spacecraft. Skinner has received critical acclaim and has become a fan favorite. Pileggi received the role of Walter Skinner after "two or three" auditions for the role. Beginning with only a small cameo, his character frequently made more appearances during the second season. Skinner is a former Marine and a Vietnam War veteran. In the war he once killed a boy at a very short distance, an experience which has scarred him for life. He is married to Sharon Skinner. He has been treated at a sleep disorder clinic, suffering from recurring dreams of an old woman, which may either be a hallucination arising from drug use during Vietnam or a succubus. Skinner's hobbies include jogging and boxing, the latter of which has been shown in his ability to outfight Fox Mulder and and to defend himself reasonably well when he was attacked by Alex Krycek and his men. Skinner took personal administrative charge of the X-Files in the latter haIf of , replacing . Initially, Skinner acts solely as a supervisor to Agent Mulder and Dana Scully's investigations of the paranormal. In the early episodes, it is unclear whether he is entirely independent of his actions or controlled by men such as the "Cigarette Smoking Man".
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