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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.
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ISBN: 9781770900462
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I've never seen the X-Files. That didin't stop me from enoying these memoirs. Mr. Davis has been active in the theatre and in teaching actors for many years and his history of Canada's theatre scene (and England's, too) was interesting and gave me a deeper appreciation of this part of Canada's history. And even though I've never seen the X-Files, I had heard of the "cigarette smoking man" -- my stepdaughters were big fans. So, fan or not, if you are interested in the theatre, you will enjoy this book.more

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I've never seen the X-Files. That didin't stop me from enoying these memoirs. Mr. Davis has been active in the theatre and in teaching actors for many years and his history of Canada's theatre scene (and England's, too) was interesting and gave me a deeper appreciation of this part of Canada's history. And even though I've never seen the X-Files, I had heard of the "cigarette smoking man" -- my stepdaughters were big fans. So, fan or not, if you are interested in the theatre, you will enjoy this book.more
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