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

William B Davis (Author)


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. Best known as "Cancerman," he was voted Television's Favourite Villain by the readers of TV Guide. 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. But there is more to Davis's story than just The X-Files. Davis's extensive acting experience began when he was a child in Ontario in the 1950s, and grew to encompass radio, theatre, film, and television. At the University of Toronto, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy, he turned his hand to directing, a move that took him to theatre school in Britain and a directing career. There, he reconnected with his undergraduate colleague, Donald Sutherland, and worked at the National Theatre, with such notables as Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Maggie Smith, and Albert Finney. Those who love the theatre will delight in his recollections of the Straw Hat Players in Ontario or the trials and tribulations of an artistic director of repertory theatre in Dundee, Scotland, or his valiant attempt to create a theatre in Quebec devoted to the Canadian repertoire. Those who love history will relive with Davis those "golden years" of Canadian radio drama and theatre, not to mention enjoying an inside look at the National Theatre School of Canada where he directed the English Acting Program in the '60s. Those who love a bit of scandalous gossip will not be disappointed. Written in an easy conversational style, this memoir truly is "The Musings of the Cigarette Smoking Man" - as William B. Davis reflects on his loves, his losses, his hopes, his fears, and his accomplishments in this unique and engaging autobiography.

Product Details

ECW Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2011
6.0 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

William B. Davis has been an actor for more than 60 years and is best known for his role as Cancerman in the hit television series "The X-Files." He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


"Thoroughly enjoyable. One gets a very clear sense of the enormous devotion and commitment it took in choosing such an elusive lifestyle." --Tom Braidwood, actor, director, producer, "The X-Files, Millennium, Da Vinci's Inquest"
"Bill Davis's memoir is a lively personal story and a document in the history of theatre. . . . His account of his life is thoughtful, amusing, even mildly scandalous." --David Helwig, essayist, poet, novelist, "The Names of Things"
"Bill Davis's remarkable career in the performing arts makes for a vivid memoir and a valuable cultural history. . . . An entertaining and addictive read." --Jerry Wasserman, actor, critic, and head of the Department of Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia
"Readers in general will enjoy William B. Davis' unforgettable memoir, written with wit, verve, humor, and poignancy, a page turner every bit as intriguing as the man himself." --www.InternetReviewOfBooks.blogspot.ca
"Davis dishes candidly about the ["X-Files"] famous co-stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in his memoir "Where There's Smoke" while revealing the character of his undergraduate colleague Donald Sutherland and recalling his own work at the National Theatre in London with Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Maggie Smith and Albert Finney." --"BC Bookworld" (April 2012)
"Candid and measured--all mirrors, no smoke." --"UC Magazine" (April 2012)
"His life before "The X-Files" makes for book enough. . . Meet him today, in his 70s, and he's courtly and charming, with a certain reserve. But read his book and, Holy Doodle, Bill we hardly knew you." --"The Province" (March 3, 2012)