William B. Davis

  • Birth Name: William Bruce Davis
  • Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Donald Davis — Cousin
  • Marie Davis — Cousin
  • Aubrey Davis — Grandfather
  • Emmanuelle Herpin — Wife
  • Barbara Ellison — Ex-significant Other
  • Melinda Davis — Daughter
  • Rebecca Davis — Daughter

College

  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (BA in Philosophy, 1959); The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England
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