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William B. Davis

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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Jan 13, 1938 In Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Dead Zone 1983-10-21
Latest Project:
Movie Crystal's Shadow 2019-08-02
Known For
Poster of Continuum
Poster of R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour
Poster of Nightmare Cafe
Poster of Airwolf
Movie Phil Father Grant 2019-07-05
Movie Crystal's Shadow Mr. M 2019-08-02
Movie Game Over, Man! Ray - Security 2018-03-23
Movie Bad Times at the El Royale Judge Gordon Hoffman 2018-10-04
Movie Residue Lamont 2017-07-18
Movie 2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be Granddad 2016-04-24
Movie Abduct Zane 2016-05-01
Movie Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream Harper 2015-10-04
Movie Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told Harper 2015-09-13
Movie The Real 'X-Files'? Himself 2015-12-04
Movie The Package Dr. Willhelm 2013-02-09
Movie Singularity Principle Lawrence Cason 2013-03-13
Movie Stonados Ben 2013-08-31
Movie The Tall Man Sheriff Chestnut 2012-03-19
Series Continuum Unknown 2012-05-27
Movie The Mountain Runners Henry Engberg 2012-09-27
Movie Behemoth William Walsh 2011-01-15
Movie Rise of the Damned Doctor 2011-06-09
Series Human Target Unknown 2010-01-15
Movie Medium Raw Dr. Robert Parker 2010-08-06
Series R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Grandfather 2010-10-29
Movie Amazon Falls Calvin 2010-09-11
Movie Something Evil Comes Mr. Dutton 2009-09-03
Movie Possession Hypnotist 2009-07-16
Movie Damage Veltz 2009-10-05
Series Fear Itself Unknown 2008-06-05
Movie Passengers Jack 2008-09-26
Movie The Messengers Colby Price 2007-02-02
Movie Judicial Indiscretion Senator Garland Wolf 2007-04-09
Movie Numb Peter Milbank 2007-04-30
Series Masters of Science Fiction Unknown 2007-08-04
Movie Dark Storm General Killion 2006-06-15
Movie The Secret of Hidden Lake 2006-10-29
Movie Sisters Dr. Lucas Bryant 2006-11-10
Movie Her Fatal Flaw Richard O'Brien 2006-11-24
Series Robson Arms 2005-06-17
Series Supernatural College Professor 2005-09-13
Movie The Cradle Will Fall Alex Myerson 2004-01-01
Movie The Murdoch Mysteries: Except the Dying Alderman Godfrey Shepcote 2004-05-13
Movie Snakehead Terror Doc Jenkins 2004-03-13
Movie Aftermath Deputy Director Edwards 2002-02-03
Movie Saint Sinner Father Michael 2002-10-26
Movie Anthrax Tye Crow 2001-01-01
Movie The Proposal Agent Frank Gruning 2001-01-08
Movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Cigarette Smoking Man (uncredited) 2001-08-22
Movie Mindstorm Parish 2001-02-28
Series Smallville Mayor William 'Billy' Tate 2001-10-16
Movie Perpetrators of the Crime Henderson 2000-01-17
Series Andromeda Professor Logitch 2000-10-02
Movie Murder Most Likely 2000-03-22
Movie Killing Moon Ed 1999-08-11
Movie Voyage of Terror Dr. Norman Ellisy 1998-01-02
Movie Inside The X-Files Himself 1998-02-01
Movie The X Files The Cigarette-Smoking Man 1998-06-19
Series Stargate SG-1 Damaris 1997-07-27
Series Poltergeist: The Legacy Dr. Bill Nigel 1996-04-21
Movie Not Our Son Police Chief 1995-03-03
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1995-03-26
Series Sliders Prof. Myman 1995-03-22
Movie Heart of a Child Vern 1994-05-09
Series The X-Files Cigarette Smoking Man 1993-09-10
Series Nightmare Cafe Doctor 1992-01-29
Series The Commish Unknown 1991-09-28
Movie Omen IV: The Awakening Lawyer (uncredited) 1991-07-19
Movie Anything to Survive Dr Reynolds 1990-02-05
Series It Mr. Gedreau 1990-11-18
Movie Look Who's Talking Drug Doctor 1989-10-12
Movie Midnight Matinee Heath Harris 1988-10-12
Series 21 Jump Street Mr. Wickenton 1987-04-12
Movie Sworn to Silence Peter Massio 1987-04-06
Series Wiseguy Unknown 1987-09-16
Movie Head Office University Dean 1985-06-06
Series Danger Bay Norris 1985-10-07
Series Airwolf Newman 1984-01-22
Movie The Dead Zone Ambulance Driver 1983-10-21