The X-Files’ Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis at London Comic Con 2019

“The X-Files” stars Mitch Pileggi (FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man) — talk about the show and their careers, share behind-the-scenes details and answer fan questions at their 2019 London Comic Con Q&A panel moderated by ???.

Mitch Pileggi (born April 5th, 1952) is an American actor who, aside from appearing in the iconic television series “The X-Files” (1994 to 2018), also appeared as Skinner in the 2001 “The Lone Gunmen” episode ‘The Lying Game’ and voiced his character in the video games “The X-Files” (1998) and “The X-Files: Resist or Serve” (2004). He was the voice of Commissioner James Gordon in “The Batman” (2005-2007) and portrayed Colonel Steven Caldwell in “Stargate: Atlantis” (2005-2009), Lawrence Jennings in “Grey’s Anatomy” (2007-2012), Samuel Campbell, a Shapeshifter and Azazelin in “Supernatural” (2008-2011), Ernest Darby in “Sons of Anarchy” (2008-2013), Dan Burroughs in “Medium” (2009-2010) and Harris Ryland in “Dallas” (2012-2014).

William Bruce Davis (born January 13th, 1938) is a Canadian actor and director who was the primary antagonist known colloquially as the Cigarette Smoking Man, later revealed to be Carl Gerhard Busch, of the iconic television series “The X-Files” (1993 to 2018) and, besides David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, is the only actor to appear in both the pilot and the original series finale. He also voiced his character in the 1998 “The X-Files” video game. As a thespian, Davis joined Britain’s National Theatre in 1964 where he acted and directed alongside Maggie Smith and Laurence Olivier. He returned to Canada the following year to become the first Assistant Artistic Director and subsequently Artistic Director of the National Theatre School of Canada in Montréal, Quebec. In 1989, Davis opened the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study in Vancouver, British Columbia. Acting began to dominate his working life in the mid-nineties which led to many recurring TV series roles on shows like “The Outer Limits” (1995-2001), “Smallville” (2002-2003), “Robson Arms” (2005), “Stargate SG-1” (2005-2006), “Supernatural” (2006), “Continuum” (2012-2015), “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour” (2013-2014) and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (2019). Some of Davis’ feature film credits include “The Messengers” (2007), “The Tall Man” (2012), “Death Note” (2017), “Bad Times at the El Royale” (2018) and “Game Over, Man!” (2018).

“The X-Files” is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter. The original television series aired from September 10th, 1993 to May 19th, 2002 on Fox, with 202 episodes spanning 9 seasons. The show was revived in 2016 for a tenth season followed by an eleventh season in 2018. The series revolves around Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a medical doctor and a skeptic, is assigned to scientifically analyze Mulder’s discoveries, offer alternate rational theories to his work, and thus return him to mainstream cases. Early in the series, both agents become pawns in a larger conflict and come to trust only each other and a few select people. The agents also discover a government agenda to keep the existence of extraterrestrial life a secret. They develop a close relationship which begins as a platonic friendship, but becomes a romance by the end of the series. In addition to the series-spanning story arc, “monster of the week” episodes form roughly two-thirds of all episodes. In addition to the series, two feature films have been released: “The X-Files” (1998) which took place as part of the TV series continuity, and the stand-alone “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” (2008).

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