William B. Davis

William B. Davis


1/13/1938, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

William Bruce Davis



Also Known As

William Davis, Bill Davis
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William Bruce Davis, sometimes nicknamed Bill, was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 13, 1938. He receieved his first taste in acting at the age of 11 when a murder mystery play for a summer stock festival was done by his cousins. After that performance, he didn't look…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Besides producing, William has written an episode of The X-Files, the short films Exchange and Packing Up, and seven episodes of 49th and Main, including the pilot episode.

    • William once claimed that his character, The Cigarette Smoking Man, was the hero of The X-Files.

    • As of 2006, William is training with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club Masters Team.

    • William has skied for his whole life, and since his 30s he has been a masters racer.

    • As of 2006, William is the Men's 7 Canadian national champion, as well as the Canadian record holder for 65 to 70 year olds, in water-skiing.

    • William commenced water-skiing competitively when he was in his 30s.

    • William has worked as an Executive Producer for the show 49th And Main.

    • His work as a producer commenced with Exchange and Packing Up, both short films.

    • William commenced his major work as an Artistic Director in the theatre.

    • He began directing theatre productions at university when another student, who was directing a play, wished to have his assistance. The other student pulled out of the production, and William carried on.

    • William stars as the mysterious Wealthy Gentleman in his own series called 49th And Main.

    • Spring 2006 saw William working on five separate projects, four for Insight Films and one for Masters Of Science Fiction.

    • In the 1960s and 70s, William worked as a theatre director and acting teacher.

    • In the early 1950s, William was involved with radio drama for CBC.

    • Despite starring in The X Files, William is a self-confessed fan of the show and watched it reguarly. "Talitha Cumi" and "Two Fathers" are his favourite episodes, along with "En Ami"; the episode he wrote.

    • William is also a certified downhill ski instructor, another one of his passions in life.

    • William is a Canadian national champion water-skier for his age group.

    • He was a smoker, but had quit before his role on The X Files. However his addiction returned when he smoked on set for the role, prompting him to switch to herbal cigarettes.

    • William is a spokesman for the Canadian Cancer Society.

    • Though he is credited as having appeared in The Dead Zone movie, he says that he can't even find himself in it.

    • Davis admitted that his character of CGB Spender on The X-Files was the Devil. He also called himself "Lucifer."

    • Performed in some other science fiction series like Sliders, Poltergeist and The Outer Limits.

    • He is married.

    • In X-files, his character of CGB Spender smokes cigarettes from the brand Morley.

    • His favorite X-Files episode is "Talitha Cumi" (3.24).

    • Former drama professor at Bishop's University, Canada, before opening up William Davis Centre for Acting Study.

    • Wrote the episode "En Ami" (# 7.15) 3/19/2000, which delved into the history of his character, The Cigarette-Smoking Man.

    • Formerly owned and operated the Vancouver-based William Davis Centre for Actors' Study, an acting school for beginners and professionals.

  • Quotes

    • William: I may be 68 but I still haven't decided what to do when I grow up. You will see that I am an actor, a director, a teacher, a writer, a producer, and a skier.

  • Agent Spender...Cigerette Smoking Man

    William Bruce Davis (born January 13, 1938) is a Canadian actor, known for his role as the Cigarette 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 ABC's Masters of Science Fiction as the President of the United States.

    Davis was born in Toronto, Canada, to an attorney father and psychologist mother.[1] A former drama professor at Bishop's University, he is 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.

    In 2006, Davis filmed a role in WWE Films' The Condemned starring Stone Cold Steve Austin. Davis also hosts and narrates the series Critical Eye on the Science Channel.moreless
  • A terrific actor, made perfect for his role in The X-Files as The Cigarette Smoking Man.

    In 1993, William B. Davis auditioned for a new show that was to be called The X-Files. He auditioned for the part of Section Chief Scott Blevins of the FBI, who had only a couple of lines in the pilot episode. However, he failed to get the part, but was instead provided with the role of a man in Blevins' office who smokes a cigarette and has no lines. But this character is involved in a cliffhanging close to the pilot episode, ensuring his return to the show. He has many more appearances on the show before he actually says his first word, by which time the viewer already clearly knows that he is decidedly evil. Few actors are able to command such power merely in their presence without a single word of dialogue. The use of the cigarette was brilliantly portrayed by the crew of the show and executed by William B. Davis. Once he began talking on the show, you couldn't stop him, and we were able to delve further into his character, and it now became clear what a great actor William B. Davis is, stealing any scene he is in. If you don't believe me, then see the episodes "Musings Of A Cigarette Smoking Man" and "En Ami", both episodes featuring William B. Davis in a major role. His role as the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man ended up a better option to Blevins who faded out of the show, appearing in only a handful. While the Cigarette Smoking Man only appeared in around five or so episodes a season, it felt like so much more, courtesy of William B. Davis' presence. His terrific acting abilities made it feel that he was in double the episodes he was actually in, maybe even more.

    He has since had guest appearances in notable shows such as Stargate: SG-1 and Supernatural, showing great performances.

    William B. Davis really deserves the role of a show regular on a new television show. One that will run for many years. It is a real waste if his talent isn't used to its full potential.moreless