WILLIAM B. DAVIS
On Acting... and life. THE AUDIO BOOK
Review by AudioFile
Listeners are treated to the pleasing voice and manner of Canadian actor, director, and writer William B. Davis, made famous as the sinister Cigarette-Smoking Man in “The X-Files.” Part memoir of his professional life, part acting handbook, Davis’s work offers both an engaging, never sentimental look at the knowledge he’s gained and his hard-won philosophy on the essential elements needed for truthful acting. In Part I, he shares anecdotes from his first acting classes and his first acting and directing jobs, including his candid views of fellow actors, teachers, and other colleagues. In Part II, he focuses on the skills an actor can develop to make their performance resonate honestly. Listeners will enjoy this entertaining audiobook, and student actors and directors will especially appreciate Davis’s wealth of wisdom.
S.J.H. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine
TROIKA THE MOVIE
directed by WILLIAM B. DAVIS
AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL MARCH 24!
If you missed Troika on stage or enjoyed it so much that you want to watch it again, you can now watch the film of the live performance from the comfort of your home:
On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco
With Jack Rigg, Chris Walters, Rebecca Husain, William B. Davis, Martha Ansfield-Scrase, Peter Robbins and John Prowse.
Rent the film for CAD $25. Duration 1hour15minutes.
The film will be available for you to watch for 72 hours after the time of your rental.
UPLOAD SEASON 3: WATCH NOW ON AMAZON VIDEO
WILLIAM B. DAVIS RETURNS AS DAVID CHOAK IN ONE OF THE BEST SCI-FI COMEDIES
Who murdered Nathan Brown? Season 2 of UPLOAD ended on a frustrating ‘who done it’ cliffhanger. Is it Nathan’s billionaire neighbour David Choak, played by the infamous William B Davis? Where there is smoke, the smoke plot thickens….as they say!
Tune into Season 3, now on Amazon Video, to find out if Nathan and Nora are successful in bringing his killer to justice.
DAVIS DIRECTED THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED CANADIAN PREMIERE OF THE WINDOW OUTSIDE.
William B. Davis had the amazing opportunity to bring together former students and colleagues to produce this hugely successful production of The Window Outside by Belinda Lopez.
Davis was joined by Susan Hogan, National Theatre School, 1970, Sarah Jane Redmond and Liz Connors, The William Davis Centre, 1990s, and Douglas Abel, United Players and Smoking Gun Collective, 2010 to Present.
An ensemble working together to create wonderful theatre.
Photo credit: Ross Durant Photography
WILLIAM B. DAVIS RETURNED TO THE STAGE!
William B. Davis directed and appeared in the Smoking Gun Collective production of No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter, playing Spooner the role created by John Gielgud for the Royal National Theatre.
No Man’s Land was on stage from November 26 to December 9, 2022 at the PAL Studio Theatre in Vancouver.
A play by Harold Pinter.
"The foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the twentieth century."
The Swedish academy citation on awarding Harold Pinter the nobel prize for literature, 2005.
THE TALL MAN WITH WILLIAM B. DAVIS NOW ON NETFLIX
The Tall Man, is a horror and murder mystery psychodrama starring Jessica Biel and William B. Davis as Sheriff Chestnut. It buzzes with small-town secrets and gut-wrenching surprises while its true horror emerges from the uncomfortable ethical questions that it poses - and leaves us to answer for ourselves in the dark.
WILLIAM B. DAVIS' NEW BOOK:
On Acting ...and life.
Dozens of books on acting exist, but none of them are quite like this. Part memoir and part master class, modelled after Stephen King’s bestseller, On Writing, the book is divided into two parts.
Part one takes readers on a seventy-year journey that begins with William B. Davis, at age twelve, riding his bicycle through the streets of Toronto to his first acting classes, and eventually leads to him starring in the long-running television series, The X-Files. From a summer theatre in Ontario to the National Theatre of Great Britain to the National Theatre School of Canada to the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study in Vancouver, few have travelled such a colourful journey. Along the way, Davis met all sorts of familiar faces, including Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, Albert Finney, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson, among others.
Although there is a lot about acting in part one, the heart of the book for an aspiring or working actor is in part two. What has Davis learned in seventy years of working both in the theatre and in film and television? A lot, as you will see. Davis grasp of the art of acting is vast and practical. And in some ways, original.
In his final chapter, Davis explores the underlying philosophy of acting and actor training and argues for bringing the work in to the twenty-first century.
WILLIAM B. DAVIS' NEW BOOK LAUNCH
The launch of William B. Davis's new book "On Acting... and life" took place on May 3rd in Vancouver.
Joining William B. Davis was special guest, X-Files Producer, R.W. Goodwin for a lively interview and storytelling from their time together on their iconic television show.
The evening included:
Excerpts from "On Acting... and life" read by William B. Davis
Questions and Answers with the audience
An opportunity to have your book signed by the author.
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WILLIAM B. DAVIS AT CFI CANADA'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON NOV 14th 2021
William was the keynote speaker at CFI Canada's annual conference on November 14, 2021. He spoke on acting in the context of the conference "Mind, Brain, and Thought".
The film AMAZON FALLS with William B. Davis and directed by Katrin Bowen, has just been released on Amazon. Also available on iTunes.
Watch William's interview on Amazon Falls at the Toronto Film Festival: