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William B. Davis

Born: 1938


William Bruce Davis (born January 13, 1938) is a Canadian actor, known for his role as The Smoking Man on The X-Files. He has also appeared in Stargate SG-1 as Damaris, a Prior of the Ori and as Mayor Tate on Smallville. Most recently he has appeared in FOX's Human Target as an aging mobster. Davis was born in Toronto, Ontario, to an attorney father and psychologist mother. In 1959, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in philosophy. Afterwards, he went on to become a drama professor at Bishop's University. He is also the founder of the William Davis Centre for Actors Study acting school in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also a former national champion water skier. Despite being known for his smoking character, Davis actually quit smoking in the 1970s; when The X-Files started up, he was given a choice between herbal cigarettes and actual cigarettes. At first he chose the actual cigarettes, but switched to herbal shortly after for fear of becoming addicted again while playing the Cigarette Smoking Man. He voiced the antagonist Colonel Whitley of the game The Thing. Davis had a co-starring role in a 2001 episode of The Outer Limits revival series, playing the ruthless director of a secret scientific project, in an episode entitled "Worlds Within." Davis also hosts and narrates the series Critical Eye on the Science Channel. In 2011, he will also co-star in The Tall Man. ​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Known For Acting
Gender Male
Place of Birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada



The X Files

The Cigarette-Smoking Man in The X Files

The Proposal

Agent Frank Gruning in The Proposal


Veltz in Damage

Saint Sinner

Father Michael in Saint Sinner


Hypnotist in Possession

The Messengers

Colby Price in The Messengers


Jack in Passengers

Snakehead Terror

Doc Jenkins in Snakehead Terror

Medium Raw

Dr. Robert Parker in Medium Raw

Her Fatal Flaw

Richard O'Brien in Her Fatal Flaw


William Walsh in Behemoth

The Tall Man

Sheriff Chestnut in The Tall Man

The Cradle Will Fall

Alex Myerson in The Cradle Will Fall

Something Evil Comes

Mr. Dutton in Something Evil Comes

Midnight Matinee

Heath Harris in Midnight Matinee

Singularity Principle

Lawrence Cason in Singularity Principle

Amazon Falls

Calvin in Amazon Falls


Ben in Stonados

Dark Storm

General Killion in Dark Storm


Peter Milbank in Numb


Deputy Director Edwards in Aftermath

Sworn to Silence

Peter Massio in Sworn to Silence


Tye Crow in Anthrax

Judicial Indiscretion

Senator Garland Wolf in Judicial Indiscretion

Inside The X-Files

Himself in Inside The X-Files

The Mountain Runners

Henry Engberg in The Mountain Runners

Heart of a Child

Vern in Heart of a Child


Dr. Lucas Bryant in Sisters

Anything to Survive

Dr Reynolds in Anything to Survive


Parish in Mindstorm

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Cigarette Smoking Man (uncredited) in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Omen IV: The Awakening

Lawyer (uncredited) in Omen IV: The Awakening

Killing Moon

Ed in Killing Moon


Lamont in Residue


Zane in Abduct

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told

Harper in Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream

Harper in Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream

The Package

Dr. Willhelm in The Package

Game Over, Man!

Ray - Security in Game Over, Man!

The Real 'X-Files'?

Himself in The Real 'X-Files'?

2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be

Granddad in 2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be

The Secret of Hidden Lake

in The Secret of Hidden Lake

Perpetrators of the Crime

Henderson in Perpetrators of the Crime

Bad Times at the El Royale

Judge Gordon Hoffman in Bad Times at the El Royale

Murder Most Likely

in Murder Most Likely

Look Who's Talking

Drug Doctor in Look Who's Talking

Crystal's Shadow

Mr. M in Crystal's Shadow


Father Grant in Phil

The Murdoch Mysteries: Except the Dying

Alderman Godfrey Shepcote in The Murdoch Mysteries: Except the Dying

Not Our Son

Police Chief in Not Our Son

Rise of the Damned

Doctor in Rise of the Damned

Head Office

University Dean in Head Office

Max Rules: Adventures of a Super Spy

Rick Brinkley in Max Rules: Adventures of a Super Spy

Voyage of Terror

Dr. Norman Ellisy in Voyage of Terror

The Dead Zone

Ambulance Driver in The Dead Zone

Death Note

Radio Host in Death Note

The Thaw

Ted in The Thaw

The Hitman

Dr. Atkins in The Hitman

Deadly Deception

Lawyer in Deadly Deception

Becoming Dick

Dr. Hardwin in Becoming Dick

When the Vows Break

Dr. Alexander in When the Vows Break

Circumstances Unknown

Gene Reuschel in Circumstances Unknown

Don't Talk to Strangers

Huddleston in Don't Talk to Strangers


Mr. Grant in Focus

Packing Up

Jenkins in Packing Up

Dangerous Intentions

Group Leader in Dangerous Intentions


Chris in Reverse

Science Of Death

Narrator in Science Of Death

100 Days In The Jungle

Ambassador Shear in 100 Days In The Jungle

It's a Wonderful Knife

Roger Evans in It's a Wonderful Knife


Doctor in Unforgettable

Better Off

in Better Off

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