William B. Davis

Active - 1986 - Present  |   Born - Jan 13, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  |   Genres - Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Comedy

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  • Started acting as a child, working in summer stock with the Straw Hat Players in Ontario.
  • Served as assistant director of England's National Theatre for six years, working under acting legend Laurence Olivier.
  • Was artistic director of the National Theatre School's English Acting Program in Montreal.
  • In 1989, he opened the William Davis Centre for Actors' Study—which counts Xena star Lucy Lawless among its former pupils—in Vancouver. 
  • An avid water skiier, he has been Canadian national champion in his age division several times.
  • Contrary to his X-Files character, who was known as the "Smoking Man" or "Cancer Man," ex-smoker Davis is a Canadian Cancer Society spokesperson; he quit smoking in the 1970s and used herbal cigarettes on the show.
  • Published his memoir, Where There's Smoke....The Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man, in 2011.