William B Davis

Actor, Acting teacher, Artistic director
Through the run of one of the biggest cult hits in television history, William B. Davis put a new face on villainy, an institutional, eerily real incarnation of evil identified ominously by wafting smoke and the ... Read more »
Born: 01/12/1938 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Anthrax 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Continuum 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dark Storm 2014 (Movie)

General Killion (Actor)

Stonados 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tall Man 2012 (Movie)

Sheriff Chestnut (Actor)

Caprica 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Human Target 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fear Itself 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Passengers 2008 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Her Fatal Flaw 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Science Fiction 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Messengers 2007 (Movie)

Colby Price (Actor)

The Secret of Hidden Lake 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Numb 2006 (Movie)

Peter Milbank (Actor)

Stargate SG-1 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Supernatural 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda 2000 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tilt 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Clive Barker's Saint Sinner 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Smallville 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Body & Soul 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1993 - 2000, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Quit! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Killing Moon 2000 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

Perpetrators of the Crime 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sliders 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commish 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Proposal 2000 (Movie)

Agent Frank Gruning (Actor)

Out of Line 1999 (Movie)

Russel (Actor)

Inside the X-Files 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

The Cigarette-Smoking Man (Actor)

Unforgettable 1996 (Movie)

Dr Smoot (Actor)

Stephen King's It 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

Drug Doctor (Actor)

Anything to Survive (TV Show)

Actor

Becoming Dick (TV Show)

Actor

Circumstances Unknown (TV Show)

Actor

Damaged Care (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Intentions (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis of Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of a Child (TV Show)

Actor

Judicial Indiscretion (TV Show)

Actor

Mindstorm (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Most Likely (TV Show)

Actor

Snakehead Terror (TV Show)

Actor

Terror Peak (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage of Terror (TV Show)

Actor

When the Vows Break (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Through the run of one of the biggest cult hits in television history, William B. Davis put a new face on villainy, an institutional, eerily real incarnation of evil identified ominously by wafting smoke and the glow of a cigarette. A native Ontarian, Davis trained as an actor in esteemed company in the U.K. during the 1960s before returning to Canada to work as a theatrical director and drama teacher, eventually relocating to Hollywood North, Vancouver, BC. The 1980s saw him garnering small parts in inauspicious Canadian-shot television and movie projects, but he would establish a regular imprint in 1993 with a new science fiction series, "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002). Davis played the shadowy, stoic intelligence operative predominantly known only by his credited billing, Cigarette Smoking Man. The show became a cultural phenomenon, with CSM ending up one of the most speculated-over villains in the buzz-happy realm of sci-fi fandom. It also made him a frequent guest star on a flurry of sci-fi and horror TV shows and movies through the 1990s and early 2000s. He would remain one of Canada's best-renowned thespian talents, both under the lights and behind them, yet be irrevocably identified as one of the creepiest personas in TV history, a gray-suited archetype of cold-blooded Machiavellianism.

Relationships

Barbara Ellison

Companion

EDUCATION

University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario 1959

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Milestones

2007

Starred in the suspense thriller, "The Messengers" directed by the Pang brothers

2005

Cast in two episodes of "Stargate SG-1" on the sci-fi channel

2004

Cast in Stephen King's "Kingdom Hospital" (ABC)

2002

Guest-starred as Mayor Tate in two episodes of "Smallville" (WB)

1998

Reprised role in "The X-Files" feature

1993

Played the recurring role of Smoking Man/Cancer Man on Fox's "The X-Files"

1990

Had featured role in the ABC miniseries "Stephen King's IT"

1989

Appeared in "Look Who's Talking"

1985

Had role in the made-for-Canadian-TV-movie "The Cuckoo Bird"

1980

Resumed acting career

1966

Returned to Canada

1965

Joined London's National Theatre

1949

Acting debut at a summer stock theater run by his cousins

Born and raided in Toronto

Became artistic director at the National Theatre School of Canada

Bonus Trivia

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Davis is the owner of the William Davis Centre for Actors' Studies in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Despite playing a character who is a smoker, Davis himself quit smoking around 1979.

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In August 1996, he won the Canadian national waterskiing championship for men between 55 and 65. This was his third competition.

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"When people meet me, they're always surprised to find I'm not that mean after all." --William B Davis to PEOPLE, November 25, 1996

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