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William B. Davis is a Actor and Producer Canadien born on 13 january 1938 at Toronto (Canada)

William B. Davis

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Birth name William Bruce Davis
Nationality Canada
Birth 13 january 1938 (86 years) at Toronto (Canada)

William Bruce Davis (born January 13, 1938) is a Canadian actor and director, best known for his role as The Smoking Man on The X-Files. Besides appearing in many TV programs and movies, Davis founded his own acting school, the William Davis Centre for Actors Study. In his personal life, Davis is an avid water-skier, lectures on skepticism at events such as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's CSICon, and advocates for action on climate change. In 2011 Davis published his memoir, Where There’s Smoke .... The Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.


Despite being known for his smoking character, Davis quit smoking in the 1970s; when The X-Files started up, he was given a choice between herbal cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes. At first, he chose to use tobacco cigarettes, but switched to herbal because he was afraid of becoming addicted to them again. Davis used his notoriety on the show to assist The Canadian Cancer Society in its programs to combat smoking. In 2014, Davis donated his investments that support fossil fuels to the David Suzuki Foundation in an effort to both ethically invest, and help fund work to fight Climate change. Davis is a passionate advocate for action in response to climate change, believes it is a critical issue of our time and speaks on the subject often. Taking action on a personal level, Davis drives a Tesla powered by Hydroelectricity.

He is also a former national champion water skier and for a time held various records in older age divisions. In a conversation with Brendan Beiser, Davis states he holds the record for tricks in his age category, adding "I did hold the slalom record until this past year until some young whippersnapper of 65 from Ontario took the record away from me".

In 2011, Davis married Emmanuelle Herpin. He has two daughters, Melinda and Rebecca, from an earlier marriage. He also has two grandchildren.

Best films

The X Files (1998)
The Tall Man (2012)

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Filmography of William B. Davis (44 films)

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Bad Times at the El Royale, 2h21
Directed by Drew Goddard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Children's films
Actors Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman
Roles Judge Gordon Hoffman
Rating70% 3.5472453.5472453.5472453.5472453.547245
En 1969, sept étrangers, qui ont tous en commun un secret à enterrer, se retrouvent au El Royale, un hôtel miteux sur les rives du Lac Tahoe, à cheval entre la Californie et le Nevada. Ils ont une nuit pour se racheter... avant d'être envoyés en enfer.
Death Note
Death Note (2017)
, 1h41
Directed by Adam Wingard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror, Crime
Actors Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Michael Shamus Wiles
Roles Radio Host
Rating45% 2.2930352.2930352.2930352.2930352.293035
Light Turner est un étudiant surdoué en droit de Seattle aux États-Unis. Son père, James Turner, est policier. Il finit par tomber sur un mystérieux livre qui lui confère la possibilité de tuer n'importe qui, de la manière qu'il souhaite, avec seulement pour information acquise, le nom et prénom de la personne ainsi que son visage. C'est avec l'aide de Mia, sa petite amie, que Light commence sa vendetta et tue, au début, des petites crapules et des criminels. Il finit par se faire appeler Kira. Et pour faire face à notre justicier, un homme qui résout les affaires les plus complexes et qui voit Kira comme un meurtrier. Cet homme se fait appeler L.
Singularity Principle, 1h27
Genres Science fiction
Actors William B. Davis, John Diehl
Roles Lawrence Cason
Rating52% 2.630592.630592.630592.630592.63059
Academic research scientist Jack Brenner (John Diehl) conducts an unauthorized secret experiment that creates a portal between parallel universes. Jack's protege, Dr. Peter Tanning (Michael Denis), is being questioned by Lawrence Cason (William B. Davis) who works for a clandestine black-ops organization to learn how to reproduce and control the physical process.
Stonados (2013)
, 1h24
Directed by Jason Bourque
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction
Actors Paul Johansson, Thea Gill, Sebastian Spence, William B. Davis
Roles Ben
Rating30% 1.5186051.5186051.5186051.5186051.518605
Une tornade anormale s'abat sur Boston. Celle-ci est accompagnée de chutes de rochers. Un ancien chasseur de tempêtes, Joe Randall tente alors de sauver la ville.
The Package, 1h35
Directed by Jesse V. Johnson
Origin USA
Genres Action
Actors Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren, Darren Shahlavi, Eric Keenleyside, Monique Ganderton, John Novak
Roles Dr. Willhelm
Rating50% 2.501862.501862.501862.501862.50186
The film follows Tommy Wick (Steve Austin), a man tasked with delivering a mysterious package to "The German" (Dolph Lundgren), a dangerous crime lord. Along the way Wick is attacked repeatedly by a rival gang that wants what he is carrying, eventually he discovers that his cargo is not what he was initially thought it was.
The Tall Man, 1h40
Directed by Pascal Laugier
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about children
Actors Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, Samantha Ferris, Colleen Wheeler
Roles Sheriff Chestnut
Rating59% 2.951222.951222.951222.951222.95122
Julia lives in a small town in Washington called Cold Rock. She is the town's local nurse, widowed by her husband, who was the town's doctor. Cold Rock was formerly a prosperous mining town, but has become poverty-stricken. There is little work, the school has been closed and the town is virtually vanished from the map. During her day, Julia visits several families. Jenny and Carol live with their mother and her violent, alcoholic boyfriend, who has impregnated Carol. Despite this, their mother did not kick him out, drawing Julia's ire. Instead, she sends away Carol and her baby, whom Julia helped to deliver. Because of her rough life, Jenny is selectively mute, communicating through a journal she carries. She also sketches things she's seen, including "the tall man". This is a local legend or urban myth surrounding a being who abducts local children who are never seen again.
Behemoth (2011)
, 1h30
Origin Canada
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Actors Ed Quinn, Pascale Hutton, Cindy Busby, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Ty Olsson, William B. Davis
Roles William Walsh
Rating36% 1.8165251.8165251.8165251.8165251.816525
Le Mont Lincoln subit des secousses inhabituelles. Deux scientifiques venus expérimenter une nouvelle sonde de l'armée sont tués de façon mystérieuse. Thomas Walsh, entrepreneur dans la région perd un de ses ouvriers à la suite d'une de ces secousses. Le père de Thomas, William, est persuadé qu'une créature monstrueuse se terre au fond de ce mont, en fait un volcan éteint. Il apparaît bien vite que les craintes du vieil homme sont fondées et un monstre de la taille d'une montagne fait son apparition.
Behemoth (2011)
, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Actors Ed Quinn, Pascale Hutton, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Cindy Busby, Ty Olsson, William B. Davis
Roles William Walsh
Rating36% 1.8166651.8166651.8166651.8166651.816665
Two military agents are taking readings on Mount Lincoln near the town of Ascension. There is a quake and the woman, Agent O'Neil, dies with marks on her face. The man, Agent McKewan, also dies after being crushed. Elsewhere, a man is injured in a work crew and dies for no apparent reason. It later appears the quakes on the mountain are producing a layer of carbon dioxide gas, suffocating those who descend to its altitude. A woman named Emily, studying Mt. Lincoln, visits the mountain to repair two machines. In the adjacent town, an old man named William is considered an eccentric for believing that the mountain contains Behemoth. Emily meets with William's son and her old friend, Thomas. Satellite images show movement under the mountain, which they attribute to volcanism. Thomas's sister Grace and her boyfriend ascend the mountain, and Thomas is persuaded to go as guide to government agent Jack Murray. They meet Emily, who is running because part of a mountain suddenly exploded; whereas Grace and her boyfriend are startled by a monstrous eye and accompanying tentacle.
Medium Raw
Medium Raw (2010)
, 1h40
Directed by Andrew Cymek
Origin Canada
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Actors William B. Davis, John Rhys-Davies, Boyd Banks, Brigitte Kingsley, Mercedes McNab, Andrew Cymek
Roles Dr. Robert Parker
Rating43% 2.1679052.1679052.1679052.1679052.167905
This script must be run from the command line
The Thaw
The Thaw (2009)

Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about terrorism, Eco-terrorism in fiction
Actors Val Kilmer, Martha MacIsaac, Kyle Schmid, Steph Song, Anne Marie DeLuise, Aaron Ashmore
Roles Ted
Rating52% 2.6059952.6059952.6059952.6059952.605995
The film begins with a video documentary by Dr. David Kruipen (Val Kilmer), a research scientist in the Canadian Arctic. This is followed by a flashback to when David, his assistant Jane (Anne Marie DeLuise) and two other researchers tranquilize a polar bear, then discover the frozen remains of a wooly mammoth.
Damage (2009)
, 1h46
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Stone Cold Steve Austin, Laura Vandervoort, Lynda Boyd, Walton Goggins, Donnelly Rhodes, Scott McNeil
Roles Veltz
Rating57% 2.857322.857322.857322.857322.85732
Released on parole after serving four of seven years in prison for second degree manslaughter, John Brickner (Steve Austin) moves to Seattle, where he gets a job as a construction worker during the day and a bouncer at a bar at night. One day, after work, he meets up with Veronica Reynolds (Lynda Boyd), the widow of the man he killed in self-defense. It is revealed that she petitioned to have John released on parole following numerous apology letters he had written to her over the years. She also tells him that her eight-year-old daughter Sarah (Katelyn Mager) is in need of a heart transplant, and he should be the one to cover the US$250,000 operation.
Possession (2009)

Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Sarah Michelle Prinze, Lee Pace, Tuva Novotny, Michael Landes, Chelah Horsdal, William B. Davis
Roles Hypnotist
Rating54% 2.701552.701552.701552.701552.70155
Jess (Gellar) is a sweet-natured but driven lawyer who puts her career ahead of her personal life and ahead of her marriage to her artist husband, Ryan (Landes). The couple is on the verge of their first wedding anniversary, and though they are happy, the thorn in the side of their relationship is Ryan's brother Roman (Pace). Where Ryan comes across as an honest and sweet man, Roman is the direct opposite. Roman is moody and violent, particularly with his casual girlfriend Casey (Novotny), and Jess is terrified of him, particularly as she met Ryan through Roman when she represented him in court on an aggravated assault charge. When Roman overhears Jess and Ryan discussing their plans to send him to a halfway house, he packs his bags and leaves in his car.
The Shortcut, 1h40
Directed by Nicholaus Goossen
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Drew Seeley, Shannon Woodward, Dave Franco, Katrina Bowden, Nicholas Elia, Raymond J. Barry
Roles Benjamin
Rating49% 2.4982952.4982952.4982952.4982952.498295
In 1945 a young couple, Ivor Hartley (Daniel Maslany) and Irene (Tracy-Lynn Pugsley) are leaving the homecoming dance. The couple take a shortcut through the woods where they begin to make out. Irene wants to stop, but Ivor attempts to rape her. She manages to injure him, however, so he leaves. As Irene makes her way out of the shortcut, Benjamin Hartley attacks her, hitting her over the head with a rock and killing her.
Passengers (2008)
, 1h33
Directed by Rodrigo García
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Romance
Themes Psychologie, Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, Clea DuVall, Andre Braugher, Chelah Horsdal, David Morse
Roles Jack
Rating58% 2.90292.90292.90292.90292.9029
Psychotherapist Claire Summers (Anne Hathaway) is called upon by her supervisor (Andre Braugher) to treat a group of five survivors of a recent plane crash; passengers Dean (Ryan Robbins), Norman (Don Thompson), Shannon (Clea DuVall), Eric (Patrick Wilson) and flight attendant Janice (Chelah Horsdal). Claire talks to Eric in the hospital, who seems unusually upbeat. When Claire holds a counselling session for the survivors (except Eric, who decided not to come), she receives different recounts, with some not even remembering certain parts of the crash. Afterwards, Claire meets up with Mr. Arkin (David Morse), who is seemingly an official from the airline to confirm which parts of their recounts are true. He however dismisses her, claiming that the crash was the pilot's fault. She then proceeds to Eric's home for a private counselling, with Eric becoming attracted to her. Claire becomes suspicious of him when he reveals personal information about her, including how he knows what type of coffee she likes and asking whether she has a sister.
Web of Desire, 1h31
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Dina Meyer, Adrian Hough, Claudette Mink, William B. Davis, Vincent Gale, Terry Chen
Roles Docteur Charles Friedman
Rating46% 2.338552.338552.338552.338552.33855
Une femme docteur ambitieuse met sa carrière et sa famille en danger lorsqu'elle succombe aux désirs d'un confident sur internet...