William B. Davis is best known for his work as the iconic Cigarette Smoking Man in Fox’s The X-Files, including the most recent two revival seasons of the hit television and movie franchise. Lauded as one of television’s nastiest villains ever, Davis is a veteran of television series that include recurring roles on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Continuum and Smallville, as well as guest-starring roles in 50 States of Fright, Supernatural, Caprica and Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital.
Davis’ career spans decades as an actor, theatre director and acting teacher. Many current stars worked with Davis in their early days, including Donald Sutherland, Maggie Smith, Albert Finney and Brian Cox. Davis was the artistic director of The National Theatre School of Canada and later of his own school, The William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study. He was the first recipient of the Union of BC Performers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Now in his eighties, he is active as a theatre director and actor in his hometown, Vancouver, Canada.