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William B. Davis

William B. Davis was born on January 13, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as William Bruce Davis. He is an actor and director, known for The X Files (1998), The X-Files (1993) and The Tall Man (2012). He has been married to Emmanuelle Herpin since 2011. See full bio »
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Known For

The X Files
The X Files The Cigarette-Smoking Man
The X-Files
The X-Files Smoking Man / Cigarette Smoking Man / CGB Spender / Cancer Man / CIA Agent / Cigarette Man / SS Oberfuehrer
The Tall Man
The Tall Man Sheriff Chestnut
The Messengers
The Messengers Colby Price


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 2018 The Doctor's Case (post-production)
Doctor Watson
 2017 Death Note
Radio Host
 2017/I Residue
 2016 Abduct
 2016 2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be (Short)
 2015 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told (TV Movie)
 2013-2014 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (TV Series)
Grandfather / Plumberg
- Grandpa's Glasses (2014) ... Grandfather
- Bad Egg (2013) ... Plumberg
 2014/IV Focus
Mr. Grant
 2013 Stonados (TV Movie)
 2013 Singularity Principle
Lawrence Cason
 2012 The Tall Man
Sheriff Chestnut
 2011 Behemoth (TV Movie)
William Walsh
 2010 Amazon Falls
 2010 Flowers for Norma (Short)
Older Gentleman #2
 2010 Human Target (TV Series)
Whitey Doyle
- Run (2010) ... Whitey Doyle
 2010/I Blob (Short)
The Boss
 2009 Something Evil Comes (TV Movie)
Mr. Dutton
 2009 Web of Desire (TV Movie)
Dr. Charles Friedman
 2009 Damage
 2009 The Shortcut
Benjamin Hartley
 2009 The Thaw
 2009 Caprica (TV Series)
Minister Chambers
- Pilot (2009) ... Minister Chambers
 2008 The Femme Fatale (Video short)
 2008 Reverse (Short)
 2008 Passengers
 2008 A Pickle (Short)
 2008 Fear Itself (TV Series)
Father Chris
- In Sickness and in Health (2008) ... Father Chris
 2007 Masters of Science Fiction (TV Series)
The President
- The Awakening (2007) ... The President
 2007/I Numb
Peter Milbank
 2007 Judicial Indiscretion (TV Movie)
Senator Garland Wolf
 2006 Canadian Comedy Shorts (TV Series)
Finance Minister
- Episode #10.9 (2006) ... Finance Minister
 2006 The Secret of Hidden Lake (TV Movie)
Judge Landers
 2006/I Sisters
Dr. Lucas Bryant
 2006 Her Fatal Flaw (TV Movie)
Richard O'Brien
 2006 Dark Storm (TV Movie)
General Killion
 2006 The Janitors (Short)
 2006 Goose on the Loose
Alphonse David
 2006 Supernatural (TV Series)
College Professor
 2005 The Last Round
 2005 Dark Pines (TV Movie documentary)
Shannon Fraser
 2005 Tilt (TV Series)
Father Mike
- Nobody Ever Listens (2005) ... Father Mike
 2005/II The Cost of Living (Short)
Mark Mortinson
 2004 Packing Up (Short)
 2004 Max Rules
Rick Brinkley
 2004 The Murdoch Mysteries (TV Series)
Alderman Godfrey Shepcote
- Except the Dying (2004) ... Alderman Godfrey Shepcote
 2004 Lyon King (Short)
Finance Minister
 2004 The Cradle Will Fall (TV Movie)
Dist. Atty. Alex Myerson
 2004 Kingdom Hospital (TV Series)
Dean Swinton
- The Young and the Headless (2004) ... Dean Swinton
 2004 Snakehead Terror (TV Movie)
Doc Jenkins
 2003 Word of Honor (TV Movie)
Lewis Kaplan - Tyson's Boss
 2003 Arbor Vitae (Short)
Old Soul
 2003 Broken Saints (Video)
Benjamin Palmer (voice)
 2002 Polished (Short)
 2002 100 Days in the Jungle (TV Movie)
 2002 Saint Sinner (TV Movie)
Father Michael
 2002 The Thing (Video Game)
Col. Whitely (voice, as William Davis)
 2002 Body & Soul (TV Series)
Dr. Edward A. Esseff
 2002 Damaged Care (TV Movie)
Dr. Sam Verbush
 2002 Aftermath
Deputy Director Edwards
 2001 MythQuest (TV Series)
- The Oracle (2001) ... Drossos
 2001 Anthrax
Tye Crow
 2001 Out of Line
 1995-2001 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Dr. Frank Biemler / John Wymer / Ed
- Worlds Within (2001) ... Dr. Frank Biemler
- Out of Body (1996) ... John Wymer
- The Conversion (1995) ... Ed
 2001/I Mindstorm
Parish (as William Davis)
 2001 First Wave (TV Series)
- Checkmate (2001) ... Sagon
 2001 The Proposal
Agent Frank Gruning
 2000 The Fearing Mind (TV Series)
Mitchell Cofax
- Gentleman Caller (2000) ... Mitchell Cofax
 2000 Becoming Dick (TV Movie)
Dr. Hardwin
 1999 Perpetrators of the Crime
 1999 Murder Most Likely (TV Movie)
Detective Inspector
 1999 Killing Moon (TV Movie)
 1998 The Last Tzaddik (Short)
Mr. Drazien
 1998 Voyage of Terror (TV Movie)
Dr. Norman Ellisy
 1996 The Limbic Region (TV Movie)
 1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy (TV Series)
Dr. Bill Nigel
- Do Not Go Gently (1996) ... Dr. Bill Nigel
 1996 Unforgettable
Dr. Smoot
 1995 When the Vows Break (TV Movie)
Dr. Alexander
 1995 Sliders (TV Series)
Prof. Myman
- Eggheads (1995) ... Prof. Myman
 1995 Circumstances Unknown (TV Movie)
Gene Reuschel
 1995 Not Our Son (TV Movie)
Police Chief (uncredited)
 1995 Dangerous Intentions
Group Leader
 1994 Don't Talk to Strangers (TV Movie)
 1994 Beyond Suspicion (TV Movie)
Capt. Dick Roth
 1994 Heart of a Child (TV Movie)
 1993 North of 60 (TV Series)
Inspector Neilsen
- Out of the Blue (1993) ... Inspector Neilsen
 1992 Nightmare Cafe (TV Series)
- Sanctuary for a Child (1992) ... Doctor
 1992 Street Justice (TV Series)
- Homecoming (1992) ... Badgely (as William Davis)
 1992 Diagnosis Murder: Diagnosis of Murder (TV Movie)
Marvin Parkins
 1991 Omen IV: The Awakening (TV Movie)
Lawyer (uncredited)
 1991 The Hitman
Dr. Atkins (as William Davis)
 1991 MacGyver (TV Series)
- Trail of Tears (1991) ... Judge
 1987-1991 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Judge Harrison / Mr. Wickenton / Mr. Weidlin
- Crossfire (1991) ... Judge Harrison
- Champagne High (1988) ... Mr. Wickenton (as William Davis)
- Mean Streets and Pastel Houses (1987) ... Mr. Weidlin
 1990 It (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Gedreau
- Part 2 (1990) ... Mr. Gedreau
 1990 Anything to Survive (TV Movie)
Dr. Reynolds
 1988-1989 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Inspector #2 / Curant
- People Do It All the Time (1989) ... Inspector #2
- The Merchant of Death (1988) ... Curant (as William Davis)
 1989 Look Who's Talking
Drug Doctor
 1989 Matinee (TV Movie)
Heath Harris
 1989 Beyond the Stars
Hal Simon (as William Davis)
 1987-1988 Danger Bay (TV Series)
Jack Kane / Norris
- Racing Against Time (1988) ... Jack Kane
- High Flyer (1987) ... Norris
 1988 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (TV Series)
- Judgement (1988) ... Arvin
 1987 The Little Match Girl (TV Movie)
Dr. Sam Easton (as Bill Davis)
 1987 Airwolf (TV Series)
Newman / F.I.R.M. Official
- The Key (1987) ... Newman
- Rogue Warrior (1987) ... Newman
- Stavograd: Part 2 (1987) ... F.I.R.M. Official
- Stavograd: Part 1 (1987) ... F.I.R.M. Official
 1987 Sworn to Silence (TV Movie)
Peter Massio
 1987 Deadly Deception (TV Movie)
 1986 The Beachcombers (TV Series)
Dave Douglas
- Trial Balloon (1986) ... Dave Douglas
 1985 The Cuckoo Bird (TV Movie)
 1985 Head Office
University Dean (as William Davis)
 1984 SCTV Channel (TV Series)
Man On The Phone
- Half Wits/Save the World Parade (1984) ... Man On The Phone
 1983 The Dead Zone
Ambulance Driver (as William Davis)
Show Show Director (5 credits)
Show Show Writer (5 credits)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Editor (3 credits)
Show Show Thanks (4 credits)
Show Show Self (17 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

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Appeared in a Petro Canada advertisement promoting the Canadian Olympic Torch Relay in 1987 as the kindly father of a young Neve Campbell. See more »

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8 Interviews | 4 Articles | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bill Davis | William Davis | Wm B Davis


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Unlike his character on "The X-Files," he is an avid non-smoker and is vocally skeptical of paranormal beliefs, serving as a spokesman for both causes. However, both he and his character are atheists and water-skiers. See more »



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