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William B. Davis


B: January 13, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario

William Bruce Davis started acting as a child, working in summer stock with The Straw Hat Players in Ontario and working in radio drama for the CBC in the early 1950s. He gave up acting for a time while at university and then embarked on a twenty year career as a theatre director and acting teacher. In the early 1980s, he drifted back to acting. Within a few years his acting career had blossomed and anyone old enough to remember The X-Files knows he played the iconic “Cigarette Smoking Man” on the hit series and returns in that role in the updated series for 2016. In real life he was, and remains, a non-smoker. He founded the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study in 1989.

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Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Dead Zone (1983)
The Cuckoo Bird (TV-1985)
Head Office (1986)
Matinee (TV-1988)
Look Who’s Talking (1989)

Anything to Survive (TV-1990)
It (TV-1990)
Heart of a Child (TV-1994)
Don’t Talk to Strangers (TV-1994)
Courting Justice (TV-1995)
Circumstances Unknown (TV-1995)
Dangerous Intentions (1995)
The Limbic Region (TV-1996)
Unforgettable (1996)
Voyage of Terror (TV-1998)
Perpetrators of the Crime (1998)
The Last Tzaddik (1998)
X-Files: The Movie (1998)
Murder Most Likely (TV-1999)

Killing Moon (TV-2000)
Becoming Dick (TV-2000)
The Proposal (2000)
Mindstorm (2001)
Anthrax (2001)
Aftermath (2002)
Saint Sinner (TV-2002)
100 Days in the Jungle (TV-2002)
Polished (2002)
Arbor Vitae (2003)
Word of Honor (TV-2003)
Snakehead Terror (2004)
The Cradle Will Fall (TV-2004)
Lyon King (2004)
Packing Up (2004)
The Cost of Living (2005)
The Last Round (2005)
Max Rules (2005)
Goose on the Loose (2006)
The Last Round (2005)
The Janitors (2006)
Dark Storm (2006)
Her Fatal Flaw (TV-2006)
The Messengers (2007)
Judicial Indiscretion (TV-2007)
Sisters (2007)
The Secret of Hidden Lake (TV-2007)
Numb (2007)
The Femme Fatale (VR-2008)
Web of Desire (TV-2008)
A Pickle (2008)
Passengers (2008)
Reverse (2008)
Possession (2009)
Something Evil Comes (TV-2009)
The Shortcut (2009)
The Thaw (2009)
Damage (2009)

Behemoth (2010)
Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf (2010)
Amazon Falls (2010)
Flowers for Norma (2010, short)
Goose on the Loose (2011)
The Tall Man (2012)
The Package (2013)
Stonados (TV-2013)
Focus (2013)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told (TV-2015)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream (TV-2015)
Abduct (2016)

TV Series – Cast:
The X-Files (1994-2000, 2016)

Body & Soul (2002)
Kingdom Hospital (mini-series, 2004)
Robson Arms (2005)

Continuum (2012-2015)