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William B. Davis

Actor Best Known for His Role as The Smoking Man on "The X-Files"

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 William B. Davis Biography

Better known now as an actor, particularly for his role as The Cigarette Smoking Man in "The X-Files," for much of his career William B. Davis has been a highly regarded director in the theatre.

William Bruce Davis was born on January 13, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He began his acting career at age 11, when his older cousins needed a boy actor for the murder mystery they were staging for their summer theatre. Work in stage and radio followed. While at the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1959 with a degree in philosophy he turned his attention from acting to directing and continued down that path for the next twenty years. He spent a formative year at The London Academy of Dramatic Art in Britain before beginning several intensive years directing in British Rep, from Colchester to Dundee where he was artistic director for a year.

He joined Britain's National Theatre in 1964, working with Maggie Smith and Laurence Olivier, and returned to Montreal the following year to become first, Assistant Artistic Director, and subsequently Artistic Director, of the National Theatre School of Canada.

An active career in Canada followed, directing in many regional theatres and becoming the founding Artistic Director of Festival Lennoxville in Lennoxville, Quebec. While continuing to direct and teach he returned to acting in the late seventies, based primarily in Toronto, before moving to Vancouver, BC, in 1985.

In 1989 he opened the William Davis Centre for Actors' Study in Vancouver. Beginning in the mid-nineties acting began to dominate his working life highlighted of course by the iconic role of The Cigarette Smoking Man. While continuing to act he has recently returned to directing and in 2011 published his memoir, "Where There’s Smoke.... The Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man."

An avid water skier and competitive snow skier Davis attends fan conventions around the world and gives talks on skepticism and climate change. In September 2011, he married the lovely Emmanuelle Herpin and now divides his time between Canada and France. In 2016, he reclaimed his role in "The X-Files" for the series tenth season.

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Where There's Smoke...: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man

Where There's Smoke...: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man

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William B. Davis

Actor Best Known for His Role as The Smoking Man on "The X-Files"

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William B. Davis Biography

Better known now as an actor, particularly for his role as The Cigarette Smoking Man in "The X-Files," for much of his career William B. Davis has been a highly regarded director in the theatre.

William Bruce Davis was born on January 13, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He began his acting career at age 11, when his older cousins needed a boy actor for the murder mystery they were staging for their summer theatre. Work in stage and radio followed. While at the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1959 with a degree in philosophy he turned his attention from acting to directing and continued down that path for the next twenty years. He spent a formative year at The London Academy of Dramatic Art in Britain before beginning several intensive years directing in British Rep, from Colchester to Dundee where he was artistic director for a year.

He joined Britain's National Theatre in 1964, working with Maggie Smith and Laurence Olivier, and returned to Montreal the following year to become first, Assistant Artistic Director, and subsequently Artistic Director, of the National Theatre School of Canada.

An active career in Canada followed, directing in many regional theatres and becoming the founding Artistic Director of Festival Lennoxville in Lennoxville, Quebec. While continuing to direct and teach he returned to acting in the late seventies, based primarily in Toronto, before moving to Vancouver, BC, in 1985.

In 1989 he opened the William Davis Centre for Actors' Study in Vancouver. Beginning in the mid-nineties acting began to dominate his working life highlighted of course by the iconic role of The Cigarette Smoking Man. While continuing to act he has recently returned to directing and in 2011 published his memoir, "Where There’s Smoke.... The Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man."

An avid water skier and competitive snow skier Davis attends fan conventions around the world and gives talks on skepticism and climate change. In September 2011, he married the lovely Emmanuelle Herpin and now divides his time between Canada and France. In 2016, he reclaimed his role in "The X-Files" for the series tenth season.

William B. Davis Videos

  • William B. Davis - This Conversation - YouTube
  • William B. Davis on Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer - YouTube
  • William B. Davis Interview - X-Files & Continuum - YouTube

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like William B. Davis for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for William B. Davis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for William B. Davis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book William B. Davis?

    Booking fees for William B. Davis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire William B. Davis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for William B. Davis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William B. Davis for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William B. Davis for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent William B. Davis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William B. Davis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

William B. Davis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book William B. Davis for your event is available upon request. William B. Davis generally travels from VancouverCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Simon Lovell and Martin Freeman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling William B. Davis for an upcoming event.

William B. Davis Speaker Videos

  • William B. Davis - This Conversation - YouTube
    William B. Davis on Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer - YouTube
  • William B. Davis Interview - X-Files & Continuum - YouTube
    William B. Davis: The Cigarette-Smoking Man Returns - YouTube

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