- The X-Files
- William B Davis Productions
One of the most iconic villains in the history of television, the enigmatic Cigarette Smoking Man fascinated legions of fans of the 1990s’ hit TV series, The X-Files. The man behind the villain, William B. Davis, is a Canadian actor and director, whose revelations in this memoir will entertain and intrigue the millions of X-Files aficionados worldwide. Best known as “Cancerman,” he was voted Television’s Favourite Villain by the readers of TV Guide.
But there is more to Davis’s story than just The X-Files.
Chronicling his own life and times, William B. Davis discusses his loves, losses, hopes, fears, and accomplishments in this unique and engaging autobiography. An all-access look into the life of a versatile actor, this life story includes anecdotes, recollections, and gossip from roles with such greats as Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Martin Sheen, Brian Dennehy, and Donald Sutherland. From the University of Toronto and theatre school in Britain to Hollywood and appearances on Smallville and Stargate SG-1, this memoir recalls one actor's journey from the main stage to the mainstream.
"When the Cigarette Smoking man actually first spoke on The X-Files, we found out what a truly talented actor Bill Davis is. Now, in this absorbing , fascinating book about his rich and exciting life, we discover he's equally talented as a director, teacher, lover, skier, and much more." — R.W. Goodwin: The X-Files Executive Producer, Writer and Director
“Aficionados of The X-Files will get their monies worth. Those interested in the Canadian stage will get even more. … It’s a fast-paced story told with wit and humor, enjoyable for any reader with an eye for the footlights.” — Dr. Wesley Britton, Bookpleasures.com
“For anyone who is a student or lover of theatre, or anyone involved with the profession for that matter and in whatever capacity, the book is a treasure trove of history.” — Tom Braidwood: Actor, Producer and Director (The X-Files, Millennium, Da Vinci’s Inquest)
“His narrative takes the fascinated reader into many back rooms, and opens locked doors. This is not how it should have been, but how it was.” — David Helwig, Poet, Novelist and Essayist