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Also Known As: William Bruce Davis Died:
Born: January 13, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, acting teacher, artistic director

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Stonados (2013)
2.
 Behemoth (2011)
4.
 Passengers (2008)
5.
 Messengers, The (2007)
6.
 Numb (2007)
7.
8.
 Her Fatal Flaw (2006)
10.
 Mary Higgins Clark's The Cradle Will Fall (2004) District Attorney Scott Myerson
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Born and raided in Toronto
1949:
Acting debut at a summer stock theater run by his cousins
1965:
Joined London's National Theatre
1966:
Returned to Canada
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Became artistic director at the National Theatre School of Canada
1980:
Resumed acting career
1985:
Had role in the made-for-Canadian-TV-movie "The Cuckoo Bird"
1989:
Appeared in "Look Who's Talking"
1990:
Had featured role in the ABC miniseries "Stephen King's IT"
1993:
Played the recurring role of Smoking Man/Cancer Man on Fox's "The X-Files"
1998:
Reprised role in "The X-Files" feature
2002:
Guest-starred as Mayor Tate in two episodes of "Smallville" (WB)
2004:
Cast in Stephen King's "Kingdom Hospital" (ABC)
2005:
Cast in two episodes of "Stargate SG-1" on the sci-fi channel
2007:
Starred in the suspense thriller, "The Messengers" directed by the Pang brothers
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Education

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -
University of Toronto: Toronto , Ontario - 1959

Notes

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

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

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

"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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companion:
Barbara Ellison. High school teacher.

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