Vince Gilligan

Vince Gilligan

Vince Gilligan (born February 10, 1967 in Farmville, Virginia) is an award-winning American writer, director and producer who received a B.F.A. in film production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 1989, Gilligan received the Governor's Screenwriting Award in Virginia for his screenplay Home Fries. He joined The X-Files as a writer in 1995, ultimately writing or co-writing thirty episodes of that series as well as six episodes of spin-off series The Lone Gunmen. In 1997, Gilligan — along with Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban — wrote "Memento Mori", an Emmy-nominated episode of The X-Files' fourth season.

Gilligan is also the creator and showrunner of Breaking Bad, a series which featured a mixture of drama and humor similar to some of his episodes of The X-Files.


  • Gilligan often likes to include "in-joke" references to his girlfriend, Holly Rice, in his scripts. For example, an FBI employee who kicks AD Walter Skinner in the episode "Pusher" is named Holly.
  • In the second movie of X-Files franchise, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, the name "Gilligan" can clearly be seen on Mulder's cell phone as he scrolls through its phone book for Scully's name, moments before Mulder becomes distracted by doing so and consequently crashes the car he is driving.


The X-FilesEdit

Episode Credit
Season 2
"Soft Light" Writer
Season 3
"Pusher" Writer/Creative Consultant
"Revelations" Creative Consultant
"War of the Coprophages"
"Piper Maru"
"Teso Dos Bichos"
"Hell Money"
"José Chung's From Outer Space"
"Talitha Cumi"
Season 4
"Unruhe" Writer/Co-Producer:
"Paper Hearts"
"Leonard Betts" (w/ John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz)
"Memento Mori" (w/ Chris Carter, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz)
"Small Potatoes"
"Herrenvolk" Co-Producer
"The Field Where I Died"
"Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man"
"El Mundo Gira"
"Never Again"
"Tempus Fugit"
"Zero Sum"
Season 5
"Unusual Suspects" Writer/Supervising producer
"Christmas Carol" (w/ John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz)
"Emily" (w/ John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz)
"Kitsunegari" (w/ Tim Minear)
"Bad Blood"
"Folie à Deux"
"Redux" Supervising producer
"Redux II"
"The Post-Modern Prometheus"
"Kill Switch"
"Patient X"
"The Red and the Black"
"Mind's Eye"
"All Souls"
"The Pine Bluff Variant"
"The End"
Season 6
"Drive" Writer/Co-Executive Producer
"Dreamland II"
"Monday" (w/ John Shiban)
"Three of a Kind" (w/ John Shiban)
"Field Trip" (w/ John Shiban)
"The Beginning" Co-Executive Producer
"How the Ghosts Stole Christmas
"Terms of Endearment"
"The Rain King"
"S.R. 819"
"Two Fathers"
"One Son"
"Agua Mala"
"The Unnatural"
Season 7
"Je Souhaite" Director/Writer/Co-Executive Producer
"Hungry" Writer/Co-Executive Producer
"Millennium" (w/ Frank Spotnitz)
"The Amazing Maleeni" (w/ John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz)
"The Sixth Extinction" Co-Executive Producer
"The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati"
"The Goldberg Variation"
"Signs and Wonders"
"Sein Und Zeit"
"First Person Shooter"
"En Ami"
"all things"
"Brand X"
"Hollywood A.D."
"Fight Club"
"Requiem "
Season 8
"Roadrunners" Writer/Executive Producer
"Within" Executive Producer
"Via Negativa"
"The Gift"
"Per Manum"
"This Is Not Happening"
"Three Words"
Season 9
"Sunshine Days" Director/Writer/Executive Producer
"John Doe" Writer/Executive Producer
"Jump the Shark"
"Nothing Important Happened Today" Executive Producer
"Nothing Important Happened Today II"
"Lord of the Flies"
"Trust No 1"
"Audrey Pauley"
"Scary Monsters"
"The Truth"

The Lone GunmenEdit

Episode Credit
"Pilot" (w/ John Shiban, Frank Spotnitz and Chris Carter) Writer/Executive Producer
"Bond, Jimmy Bond" (w/ John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz)
"Planet of the Frohikes"
"Maximum Byers" (w/ Frank Spotnitz)
"Cap'n Toby Show" (w/ John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz)
"All About Yves" (w/ John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz
"Eine Kleine Frohike" Executive Producer
"Like Water for Octane"
"Three Men and a Smoking Diaper"
"Madam, I'm Adam"
"Diagnosis: Jimmy"
"Tango de los Pistoleros"
"The Lying Game"
"All About Yves"
"Cap'n Toby Show"

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