Davis, William B. 1938–

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DAVIS, William B. 1938–

(Bill Davis, William Davis)


Full name, William Bruce Davis; born January, 1938, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; father, an attorney; mother, a psychologist; married (divorced); children: two. Education: University of Toronto, B.A., philosophy, 1959; attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Avocational Interests: Water-skiing, downhill skiing.


Agent—c/o 100 West Pender, 9th Floor, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1R8, Canada.


Actor and writer. William Davis Centre for Actors' Study, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, owner, director, and teacher; member of the National Theatre, London, England, 1965–66; former artistic director of the National Theatre School of Canada, English acting program. A Canadian national water–skiing champion; Canadian Cancer Society, spokesperson.

Awards, Honors:

Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble, 1997, 1998 and 1999, for The X–Files; Best Actor Award, Nickel Independent Film and Video Festival, 2002, for Polished.


Television Appearances; Series:

CGB Spender (also known as cigarette smoking man, smoking man, and cancer man), a recurring role, The X–Files, Fox, 1994–2000, 2002.

Dr. Edward A. Esseff, Body & Soul, PAX, 2002.

Godfrey Shepcote, The Murdoch Mysteries, 2004.

Dr. Carlisle Wainwright, Robson Arms, CTV, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Mr. Gedreau, Stephen King's "It" (also known as It), ABC, 1990.

Dean Swinton, Kingdom Hospital (also known as Stephen King's "Kingdom Hospital"), ABC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Ted, The Cuckoo Bird, CBC, 1985.

Lawyer, Deadly Deception, CBS, 1987.

(As Bill Davis) Dr. Sam Easton, The Little Match Girl, NBC, 1987.

Heath Harris, Matinee (also known as Midnight Matinee), 1988.

Dr. Reynolds, Anything to Survive, ABC, 1990.

(Uncredited) Lawyer, Omen IV: The Awakening, Fox, 1991.

Marvin Parkins, Diagnosis Murder (also known as A Diagnosis of Murder), CBS, 1992.

Vern, Heart of a Child, NBC, 1994.

Huddleston, Don't Talk to Strangers (also known as Dangerous Pursuit), USA Network, 1994.

Captain Dick Roth, Beyond Suspicion, 1994.

Gene Reuschel, Circumstances Unknown, USA Network, 1995.

Group leader, Dangerous Intentions, CBS, 1995.

Dr. Alexander, When the Vows Break (also known as Courting Justice), Lifetime, 1995.

Teacher, The Limbic Region, Showtime, 1996.

Dr. Norman Ellis, Voyage of Terror (also known as The Fourth Horseman), The Family Channel, 1998.

Detective Inspector, Murder Most Likely, CTV, 1999, then TNT, 2000.

Ed, Killing Moon, 2000.

Dr. Hardwin, Becoming Dick, E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

Dr. Sam Verbush, Damaged Care, Showtime, 2002.

Father Michael, Saint Sinner (also known as Clive Barker's "Saint Sinner"), Sci–Fi Channel, 2002.

100 Days in the Jungle, 2002.

Tyson's boss, Word of Honor, TNT, 2003.

District Attorney Alex Myerson, The Cradle Will Fall, PAX and CanWest, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Inside the X–Files, Fox, 1998.

Cigarette smoking man, The X–Files Movies Special (documentary), Fox, 1998.

Host, Smoking: Why Can't I Quit?, CanWest, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Man on the phone, "Half Wits/Save the World Parade," SCTV Channel, 1984.

Dave Douglas, "Trial Balloon," The Beachcombers, CBC, 1986.

High school teacher, "Mean Streets and Pastel Houses," 21 Jump Street, Fox, 1987.

F.I.R.M. official, "Stavograd: Parts 1 & 2," Airwolf, CBS, 1987.

"Rogue Warrior," Airwolf, CBS, 1987.

"The Key," Airwolf, CBS, 1987.

Arvin, "Judgment," Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, 1988.

Curant, "The Merchant of Death," Wiseguy, CBS, 1988.

Mr. Wickenton, "Champagne High," 21 Jump Street, Fox, 1988.

Inspector #2, "People Do It All the Time," Wiseguy, CBS, 1989.

Judge, "Crossfire," 21 Jump Street, Fox, 1991.

Judge, "Trail of Tears," MacGyver, ABC, 1991.

(As William Davis) Badgely, "Homecoming," Street Justice, syndicated, 1992.

Doctor, "Sanctuary for a Child," Nightmare Cafe, NBC, 1992.

Inspector Neilsen, "Out of the Blue," North of 60, CBC, 1993.

Ed, "The Conversion," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1995.

Professor Myman, "Eggheads," Sliders, Fox, 1995.

John Wymer, "Out of Body," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1996.

Dr. Bill Nigel, "Do Not Go Gently," Poltergeist: The Legacy, Showtime and syndicated, 1996.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Truth Is in Here," Mentors, 1999.

"Checkmate," First Wave, Sci–Fi Channel, 2001.

Dr. Biemler, "World's Within," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 2001.

Head priest, "The Oracle," MythQuest, PBS and CBC, 2001.

Professor Logitch, "Pitiless as the Sun," Andromeda, syndicated, 2001.

Mayor Tate, "Ryan," Smallville, The WB, 2002.

Tate, "Relic," Smallville, The WB, 2003.

Tilt, ESPN, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

CGB Spender (also known as cigarette smoking man, smoking man, and cancer man), The X–Files, Fox, 1993.

Film Appearances:

(As William Davis) Ambulance driver, Dead Zone, Paramount, 1983.

(As William Davis) University dean, Head Office, TriStar, 1986.

Drug doctor, Look Who's Talking (also known as Daddy's Home), TriStar, 1989.

Doctor Atkins, The Hitman, Cannon, 1991.

Cigarette smoking man, The X–Files: The Unopened File, 1996.

Dr. Smoot, Unforgettable, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1996.

Mr. Drazien, The Last Tzaddik, 1998.

Henderson, Perpetrators of the Crime, 1998.

Cigarette smoking man, The X–Files (also known as Aux frontieres du reel), 1998.

Voice of Palmer, Broken Saints, Budget Monks, 2001.

Agent Frank Gruning, The Proposal, Buena Vista Home Video, 2001.

Russell, Out of Line, First Look, 2001.

Dr. Parish, Mindstorm (also known as Le projet Mindstorm), ImageWorks, 2001.

Tye Crow, Anthrax, Eagle, 2001.

Philip, Polished, Veni Vidi Vici, 2002.

Deputy Director Edwards, Aftermath, Christal, 2002.

Old Soul, Arbor Vitae, Stage 18, 2003.

Doc Jenkins, Snakehead Terror, Cinetel, 2004.

Finance Minister, Lyon King, Phalanx, 2004.

Alphonse David, Goose!, Odeon, 2004.

The X–Files: The Making of "The Truth," 2004.

Max Rules, Jumpshot, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Niels Bohr, Copenhagen, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2003.

Appeared as Wilson, Back to Beulah; Harry, On the Job; Jefry, Two for the See Saw; Puppet Master, The Puppet Master; George, Chapter Two; Tony Orr, Emma Orr.


Video Games:

Voice of cigarette smoking man, The X–Files Game, 1998.

(As William Davis) Voice of Colonel Whitely, The Thing, Universal Interactive, 2002.

Voice of cigarette smoking man, The X–Files: Resist or Serve, 2004.


Television Episodes:

"En Ami," The X–Files, Fox, 2000.



Entertainment Weekly, February 9, 1996, p. 22.

Maclean's, July 6, 1998, p. 54.

People Weekly, November 25, 1996, p. 67.

Saturday Night, May, 1998, p. 11.

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