William B. Davis

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William Bruce Davis (born January 13, 1938) is a Canadian actor and director, best known for his role as the Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files. Besides appearing in many TV programs and movies, Davis founded his own acting school, the William Davis Centre for Actors Study. In his personal life, Davis is an avid water-skier, lectures on skepticism at events such as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's CSICon, and advocates for action on climate change. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William B. Davis has received more than 1,041,560 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. William B. Davis is the 1,365th most popular actor (up from 1,491st in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from Canada (up from 131st in 2019) and the 28th most popular Canadian Actor.

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  • 26

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Among actors, William B. Davis ranks 1,365 out of 10,030Before him are Abe Vigoda, John Lone, Rosa Maria Sardà, Stephen Lang, Barbara Hershey, and Bruce Greenwood. After him are Andrei Mironov, Katheryn Winnick, Paul Lukas, Brent Spiner, Jean-Gaspard Deburau, and Solomon Mikhoels.

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Among people born in 1938, William B. Davis ranks 137Before him are Jean-Loup Chrétien, Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho, Arsen Dedić, David Lane, Shotaro Ishinomori, and Paul Andreu. After him are Lill-Babs, Oleg Gordievsky, Félix Mourinho, Anne Perry, Ivan Sutherland, and Manuel Sanchís Martínez.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, William B. Davis ranks 101 out of 1,130Before him are Denys Arcand (1941), Deanna Durbin (1921), Denis Villeneuve (1967), Gordie Howe (1928), Norman Bethune (1890), and Bruce Greenwood (1956). After him are Katheryn Winnick (1977), Linda Evangelista (1965), Myron Scholes (1941), Joshua Slocum (1844), Gil Evans (1912), and Tom Cavanagh (1963).

Among ACTORS In Canada

Among actors born in Canada, William B. Davis ranks 28Before him are John Candy (1950), Norma Shearer (1902), James Doohan (1920), Eric McCormack (1963), Deanna Durbin (1921), and Bruce Greenwood (1956). After him are Katheryn Winnick (1977), Tom Cavanagh (1963), Michael Ironside (1950), Joseph Wiseman (1918), Nathan Fillion (1971), and Ann Rutherford (1917).

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