William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Highest Rated: 67% The X-Files (1998)

Lowest Rated: 11% The Messengers (2007)

Birthday: Jan 13, 1938

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Through the run of one of the biggest cult hits in television history, William B. Davis put a new face on villainy, an institutional, eerily real incarnation of evil identified ominously by wafting smoke and the glow of a cigarette. A native Ontarian, Davis trained as an actor in esteemed company in the U.K. during the 1960s before returning to Canada to work as a theatrical director and drama teacher, eventually relocating to Hollywood North, Vancouver, BC. The 1980s saw him garnering small parts in inauspicious Canadian-shot television and movie projects, but he would establish a regular imprint in 1993 with a new science fiction series, "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002). Davis played the shadowy, stoic intelligence operative predominantly known only by his credited billing, Cigarette Smoking Man. The show became a cultural phenomenon, with CSM ending up one of the most speculated-over villains in the buzz-happy realm of sci-fi fandom. It also made him a frequent guest star on a flurry of sci-fi and horror TV shows and movies through the 1990s and early 2000s. He would remain one of Canada's best-renowned thespian talents, both under the lights and behind them, yet be irrevocably identified as one of the creepiest personas in TV history, a gray-suited archetype of cold-blooded Machiavellianism.

Highest rated movies

The X-Files
The Tall Man
Passengers
The Messengers

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crystal's Shadow Mr. M (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Residue Lamont (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 60% Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream Harper (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 71% Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told Harper (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Focus Mr. Grant (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 19% Stonados Ben (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Singularity Principle Lawrence Cason (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mountain Runners Henry Engberg (Character) - 2012
43% 38% The Tall Man Sheriff Chestnut (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 11% Behemoth William Walsh (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazon Falls Calvin (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 20% Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf Dr. Robert Parker (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Among Friends Mr. Dutton (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 22% The Shortcut Benjamin Hartley (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 29% Possession Dr. Creane (Character) - 2008
19% 35% Passengers Jack (Character) $270.7K 2008
No Score Yet 55% Numb Peter Milbank (Character) - 2007
11% 44% The Messengers Bank Manager Price (Character) $35.4M 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Her Fatal Flaw Richard O'Brien (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret of Hidden Lake Judge Landers (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 12% Sisters Dr. Bryant (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 11% Dark Storm General Killion (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Round Mitchell (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 50% Max Rules Rick Brinkley (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder 19C: Detective Murdoch Mysteries -- Except the Dying Alderman Godfrey Shepcote (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 57% The Cradle Will Fall Dist. Atty. Alex Myerson (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 24% Snakehead Terror Doc Jenkins (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 50% Word of Honor Lewis Kaplan (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 57% Damaged Care Dr. Sam Verbush (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 17% Out of Line Russell (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anthrax Tye Crow (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 26% The Proposal Agent Frank Gruning (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Becoming Dick Dr. Hardwin (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Most Likely Detective Inspector (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perpetrators of the Crime Henderson (Character) - 1999
67% 72% The X-Files Cigarette-Smoking Man (Character) $83.9M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Voyage of Terror Dr. Norman Ellisy (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circumstances Unknown Gene Reuschel (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet When the Vows Break Dr. Alexander (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 70% Anything to Survive Dr. Reynolds (Character) - 1990

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Midnight Club Unknown (Character) 2022
85% 55% 50 States of Fright Frank (Character) 2020
74% 85% The X-Files CIA Agent (Character),
Cancer Man (Guest Star),
Writer
1993-2000 2002 2016 2018
88% 86% Continuum Older Alec Sadler (Guest Star) 2012-2015
75% 92% Human Target Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
81% 84% Caprica Minister Chambers (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stephen Hawking's Sci Fi Masters Unknown (Character) 2007
No Score Yet 88% Stargate SG-1 Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingdom Hospital Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
78% 68% Smallville Mayor William 'Billy' Tate (Guest Star) 2002-2003
No Score Yet 41% Andromeda Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 64% Sliders Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 75% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Inspector 2 (Guest Star) 1988-1989
No Score Yet 100% 21 Jump Street Mr. Wickenton (Guest Star) 1987-1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger Bay Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Airwolf Unknown (Guest Star) 1987