Where There's Smoke...: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man, by William B Davis

By William B Davis

Chronicling his personal existence and instances, William B. Davis, the actor who performed the infamous villain Cancerman on The X-Files, discusses his loves, losses, hopes, fears, and accomplishments during this particular and interesting autobiography. An all-access check out the lifetime of a flexible actor, this lifestyles tale comprises anecdotes, reminiscences, and gossip from roles with such greats as Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Martin Sheen, Brian Dennehy, and Donald Sutherland. From the college of Toronto and theater university in Britain to Hollywood and appearances on Smallville and Stargate SG-1, this memoir recollects one actor’s trip from the most degree to the mainstream.

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To this day I can’t take anyone seriously with the name of Jonathan; I keep hearing Ashe’s rendition of a mentally challenged boy with a lisp. We created and acted out endless stories built around these central characters. Soon it would be time to return to the cottage for lunch, summoned often by a large cowbell. Mother would join us for lunch, my father also if he were not in the city or away in the army. After lunch it was time for our Rest. We weren’t required to sleep, but we were expected to lie down in our bedroom and be quiet for an hour or so.

What? ” “Come up here. ” He demanded I stand beside his desk at the front of the room. ” Well, that did it. He began to splutter and foam at the mouth. “Well . . well . . ” I returned to my seat. Well, talk about letting the cat among the pigeons. Many of the female students took pity on me and tried, unsuccessfully, to save my soul. ” they would ask. I didn’t really know whether I was an agnostic or an atheist in those days, but I did know I wasn’t a Christian. Our English teacher had made it clear that the opposite of a Christian was a pagan, but I didn’t think I was that either.

The school eventually added a number of primary grades, and years later my mother would be the principal. Everything about this renovated house on St. George Street seemed normal at the time, but when I went back years later I was surprised to find the doorknobs were at my knees. It was a place for children. Part of a longitudinal research study, we were known as Blatz Babies and did surveys and tests for many years afterwards. My mother wrote a book called Room to Grow, endeavouring to distill some of the results.

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