William B. Davis

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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.

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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.

Description above from the Wikipedia article William B. Davis, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Gender Male

Known Credits 53

Birthday 1938-01-13

Place of Birth Toronto - Ontario - Canada

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream
2015 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told
2013 Stonados as Ben
2013 Singularity Principle as Lawrence Cason
2012 The Mountain Runners as Henry Engberg
2012 Continuum(1 episode)
2012 The Tall Man as Sheriff Chestnut
2011 Behemoth as William Walsh
2010 Amazon Falls as Calvin
2010 Medium Raw as Dr. Robert Parker
2010 Human Target(1 episode)
2009 Damage as Veltz
2009 Something Evil Comes as Mr. Dutton
2009 Possession as Hypnotist
2008 Passengers as Jack
2008 Fear Itself(1 episode)
2007 Masters of Science Fiction(1 episode)
2007 Numb as Peter Milbank
2007 Judicial Indiscretion as Senator Garland Wolf
2007 The Messengers as Colby Price
2006 Her Fatal Flaw as Richard O'Brien
2006 Sisters as Dr. Lucas Bryant
2006 Dark Storm as General Killion
2005 Supernatural(1 episode) as College Professor
2005 Robson Arms(39 episodes)
2004 Snakehead Terror as Doc Jenkins
2004 The Cradle Will Fall as Alex Myerson
2002 Saint Sinner as Father Michael
2002 Aftermath as Deputy Director Edwards
2001 Smallville(2 episodes)
2001 The Proposal as Agent Frank Gruning
2001 Anthrax as Tye Crow
2000 Andromeda(1 episode)
1998 The X Files as The Cigarette-Smoking Man
1998 Inside The X-Files as Himself
1997 Stargate SG-1(3 episodes)
1995 The Outer Limits(2 episodes)
1994 Heart of a Child as Vern
1993 Diagnosis: Murder(1 episode)
1993 The X-Files(39 episodes)
1993 The X-Files(20 episodes) as Cigarette-Smoking Man
1992 Nightmare Cafe(1 episode)
1991 The Commish(2 episodes)
1990 Anything to Survive as Dr Reynolds
1990 Midnight Matinee as Heath Harris
1990 Stephen King's It as Mr. Gedreau
1987 Wiseguy(2 episodes)
1987 21 Jump Street(2 episodes)
1987 Sworn to Silence as Peter Massio
1984 Airwolf(3 episodes)
1983 The Dead Zone as Ambulance Driver
1900 Behemoth(0 episodes)

Creator

1900 49th & Main … Creator

Production

1947 Scared to Death … Producer

Writing

1993 The X-Files(1 episode) … Writer

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