How tall is William B Davis

William B Davis Height

6ft 1 (185.4 cm)

Peak height was 6ft 2 ½ (189.2 cm)
Canadian Actor best known for his role as The Cigarette Smoking Man in TV series The X-Files. He lists himself on his resume as standing 6ft 2.5 and weighing 190lbs. This photo is from a 2010 London Film Con, we all had similar footwear, I think he is nearer 6ft 1 today.

William B Davis is tall
Rob 5ft 8 Rob, William, 5ft 8 Jenny

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Average Guess (38 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 2.31in (188.7cm)
Current: 6ft 0.9in (185.2cm)
Sandy Cowell said on 30/May/23
👀 Look - William’s SMILING! 😁🚬

You don’t see much of that when he’s playing The Smoking Man in the ‘X’ Files.

A very tall chap, standing 6ft1, and 6ft2.5 at his peak.
Ian Momoshiki said on 12/Jun/22
peak strong 6'2, currently strong 6'1 with a high shoulder level. but why jenny look huge there, Rob? she look 5'9 there
Editor Rob
He has likely shrunk a bit more since this photo was taken. Sometimes posture and camera position effect height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Apr/21
He is actually giving a taller impression than Nicholas Lea and Mitch Pileggi
Stan S said on 17/Nov/20
I’d put him at 6ft1.5 today.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Sep/20
William's Smoking Man has just told Agent Scully that he had purely altruistic reasons for helping her with her cancer. Personally, I don't believe anything he does is to do with altruism and the drivel that comes out of his mouth consists of evil lies. 😝

Oh my goodness, he's drugged Scully and carried her to bed, but to sleep. WTF is he up to? Come on Mulder - get your skates on and help the girl - she's in great danger! 😣 (Season 7, Episode 15)

6ft2.5 peak and 6ft1 today.
Blanc said on 13/Aug/20
Looks pretty imposing with his tall height and aesthetic wide shoulders
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 11/Jul/20
William plays such a convincing Mr Nasty as his smoking 😯🚬 man that it's nice to see him smiling for the camera here! 😃👌

Peak height - 6ft2.5 '✖️'🗂️s
Today's height - 6ft1 😁
Andy5'91/2 said on 1/Jun/20
Is it just me or does he look giant next to rob
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Mar/20
Tallest guy on X-Files
Peter 180cm said on 28/Jan/19
Looks 185-186 range here,definitely 6'1 or a touch over.
Myself said on 10/May/18
Rob, is he one of the oldest men on this site that managed to not lose too much height? Or he today is probably shorter?
Who do you think is the tallest of those listed here that reached about 80 years old and has handled his height the best?
Editor Rob
Not seen him in a few years now, so he might have dropped another fraction.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Dec/17
He could look 6ft3 at times on X-Files
Intevel said on 8/Nov/17
Rob, I don't wanna lose height for a long time and when I'm older only want to lose very minimal height. What age do you usually start to lose it? I'm in my 30s and am 1/2 inch taller than when I was in my early 20s.
Editor Rob
it's never to late to start a simple height reduction routine.

Just as simple as doing ceiling touch and toe touch moves a couple of times a day, keeping active and walking more, ensuring a good variety of food so your body is getting enough minerals as you age.

Inactivity, poor diet, lack of exercise might make you lose height faster once over 60.
Intevel said on 8/Nov/17
Rob, Jenny seems taller than you here.
Editor Rob
posture, positions, camera angle all effect height. The right side of this photo looks to be gaining photographic favour as I wasn't dropping much height and you can see With David and the same photographer that weekend, I switched sides, dropped more height and am standing a couple of inches further back (photographer is 5ft 2 range).
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 11/Aug/17
Looks pretty much 6'1" here, but he's most likely shorter than this today since this was taken about 7 years ago.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Jul/17
Rob, could he be down to 6ft now?
Editor Rob
not seen him a couple of years, but a guy like chris lloyd is down to about 5ft 11 now, so he may well have dropped another bit of height and be 6ft today.
Doom said on 19/Jul/17
I dont see 5 inches different in height here...

Rob why does it seem like theres less of a height difference when people are stood together than when they are stood apart?
Editor Rob
he was still 6ft 1 range then, today I think probably another fraction lost.

Lots of factors effect height difference, sometimes even your own eyes can interpret height differently, depending how close or far the person is away.
World Citizen said on 28/May/17
Looks accurate. No less than 185
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Dec/16
Visibly the tallest in X-Files
Sandy Cowell said on 15/Dec/16
I had no idea that William peaked at over 6ft2, but it doesn't surprise me! It's news as well that he's Canadian. It's amazing how much this website can broaden one's general knowledge, which is truly an added bonus!
Did anyone feel as shocked as I did at the state of William's character's appearance in the brand new, and very welcome 'X Files' series shown on TV this year?
He's an excellent deterrent for smokers! I don't know whether I picked this up from an 'X Files' fan or from the TV, but I did used to think he was also called 'Cancer Man', and that prediction was certainly not an unfounded one!
Giorgi said on 12/Dec/16
He looks kinda taller. Maybe 186 cm would do better justice.
Editor Rob
since that photo, he's lost more height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Oct/16
Might still edge out David today by a centimetre
Johnny said on 28/Jul/16
@Rob do you think he can still edge out Duchovny?
Editor Rob
last time I seen him was 2 years ago, he still looked over six foot, but his posture is getting worse.

But then David looks at times to be at most six foot these days.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/May/16
This guy was 189/190cm peak
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/May/16
Rob, could you please have a look at this photo?

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Okay, if Lea is 6ft0½ (you met him and can confirm that), Pileggi looks his claimed 6ft2..and this old dude looks a whopping 6ft4 and then some. I see a level playing field in terms of shoes, posture and pavement. They're all in mid-stride.
Editor Rob
rampage, Lea has 2 feet on the ground at full stride while the others are mid-stride on 1 foot, it's not exactly a level playing field :)

In person there's not as much between them with Davis, at least the first time i seen him still looking more 6ft 1 range, although last time I thought he looked a bit more frailer and shorter 2 years back.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Feb/16
He could be dipping under this today slightly.
Certainly no less than 6ft2 in X-Files. I still think a weak 6ft3 peak isn't hard to believe because he was old enough as the smoking man and still looked 189cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Feb/16
He was a solid 2in taller than Duchovny in his 50's-60's so even 6ft3 peak can't be ruled out
Judd ISR said on 28/Sep/15
Judd ISR said on 26/Sep/15
Rob you think at his best posture he could reach today 186 cms barefeet?
[Editor Rob: 5 years ago I think he still held a decent 6ft 1, but today, or last time I seen him he looked a bit less. You would expect 3-4 years during 70's to lose another fraction.

it's like christopher lloyd. He was taller first time I seen him, this year he was looking shorter than 8 years ago.]

you think it might be depend by his shoes, posture or even tiredness?
Editor Rob
I think to have lost another fraction in 3-4 years at his age is likely, but posture as well in 70's can sometimes make elderly chaps appear shorter than they measure, although not always the case.

Especially if they have upper spinal curvature, they look like they have looser posture but in fact it is degradation of the discs.
Judd ISR said on 26/Sep/15
Rob you think at his best posture he could reach today 186 cms barefeet?
Editor Rob
5 years ago I think he still held a decent 6ft 1, but today, or last time I seen him he looked a bit less. You would expect 3-4 years during 70's to lose another fraction.

it's like christopher lloyd. He was taller first time I seen him, this year he was looking shorter than 8 years ago.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Jul/15
"Peak height was 6ft 2¾in (190cm)"

Looked 189cm range in his 60's.
Judd said on 11/May/15
still in the 6'2" range in the first series...
i turn lesbians bi said on 15/Dec/14
He's about 6'0
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Oct/14
Rob, is there a chance he may have been closer to 6ft3 peak, like 190cm?

Remember, he was well into his 50s by the time X-Files started it's run
Editor Rob
he's likely claiming his youth height.
Andrew M said on 4/Oct/14
One of the few TV or movie characters who managed to be genuinely menacing, as opposed to just irritating and annoying. Don't know how he did it, but many a "bad guy" actor now should be taking lessons from him!
judd said on 13/Sep/14
he's the greater character of x-files..."no trust no one"...
mike said on 28/Jun/14
Rob, could he be 184 now?
Editor Rob
last time I saw him he could look 184-5, that was last year I think
SaveUsY2J said on 24/Jun/14
When The X-Files started he was already well into his fifties so had probably dropped to 6'2 flat by then. 6'2.5 seems reasonable for his peak though
Ally said on 24/Mar/14
Maybe 184 cm
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/14
He's 76 now so quite reasonably would have lost 1.5 inches on average, 189 peak looks accurate next to Duchovny.
Lenad said on 26/Jan/14
looks like a strong 6'0 here
Goerge said on 6/Aug/13
He look bigger
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jun/13
6ft2-6ft3 peak looks spot on. About 2in taller than Duchovny from what I can remember. It's been years since I saw the X-Files. He looks closer to 6ft in the photo.
me said on 13/Jun/13
dont trust no 1 6ft2
Shaun said on 10/Sep/12
He did look a legit 6'2" in X Files I thought.
Avi said on 20/Aug/12
Rob are you dropping an inch in here??
Editor Rob
LG69 said on 1/Aug/12
6'1" seems right. He has great posture.
ChiasmataX said on 21/Nov/11
Compare to the 186.8cm guy from height challenge this guy is more than 1.8cm shorter. Probably a 183-184cm guy with Jenny in this pic (Rob dropped his posture quite a bit so he's shorter than Jenny).
LAN Jiao said on 28/Oct/11
im thinking of dowager hump tricks him shorter in this picture people thought he stand tall but was't it, another old men rob here hump a little. lol.. i think he is fair 6'1 in real not under.
LAN Jiao said on 30/Sep/11
No in pic he look weak 6". But im sure he is taller in real. 6"1 could be fair.
jake, 1.82 m said on 26/Sep/11
Yeah I agree, he looks an easy 6ft1 here.
Shaun said on 19/Sep/11
Clearly looks 6'1" here, even 6'1.5" with better posture, no problem believing 6'2.5" as a young man.
Lenad said on 24/Jun/11
he looks 4-4.5 inches taller than Rob
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jun/11
187cm today
189cm prime
James said on 10/Jun/11
maybe more than 6'1 if he stood better
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/May/11
188-189cm peak
187cm today
Springer said on 16/May/11
6'1.75" here.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/May/11
He'd look close to 6"2 with better least 186cm nowadays
Johan Cruyff said on 2/May/11
William B. Davis's heights are:

Morning (out of bed)= 6'2.5" (1.89,2 m)
After 1,5-3 hrs= 6'2" (1.88 m)
After 5-10 hrs= 6'1.75" (1.87,2 m)

Today, he's a strong 6'1" (1.85 m), how rob said...
Cranberries said on 2/May/11
Not that rare to see old folks this tall, Larc (and the other guy was joking). You just figure it would be, seeing as the average height has increased... But there have always been tons of 6'2"+ guys walking the streets. My grandpa on my mom's side will be 80 next month, and he stands 6'3" now (as tall as me). Says he used to feel kind of tall around normal people but knew a lot of guys his height. My other grandad is 6'1" now and only thought of himself as tall when he was an early bloomer.
Lenad said on 29/Apr/11
Looks 6'0.5 max!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Apr/11
Would look 186-187cm with better posture...

6"2.25(189cm) prime, 6"1.5(187cm)
Shaun said on 9/Apr/11
Ahh Cancer man, now that's a blast from the past. Looks weak 6'1" here, 6'2" peak.
Anonymous said on 19/Jan/11
William appears to be 5'11" in the picture with Rob and Jenny, in my opinion.
Guy Who Normally Comments with Anonymous said on 19/Jan/11
Wait. Rob did you really slouch an inch in this photo?? If so then he would be a very very weak 6'1. more like 6'0.25- 6'0.5.
James said on 19/Jan/11
rob do you think he might have ostreoporosis because he has lost virtually 2 inches of height at 73 when the average height loss that age is 1 inch.

Editor Rob
it's possible for men to get it
James said on 18/Jan/11
Rob do you think Wiliam looks 5'11.5 in the pic with you and jenny?

Editor Rob
I was being an old man and dropping an inch in height for that picture. my guess was he was 184cm range, but maybe he could measure taller.
Lenad said on 18/Jan/11
Doubt he's over 6'1 today
Danimal said on 17/Jan/11
Around 6'1" nowadays...
Anonymous said on 15/Jan/11
He's Six-feet-even.

Ideal male height.
Larc186-188cm said on 13/Jan/11
PatB says on 11/Jan/11
Larc186-188cm says: "It's rare to see an old man to be this tall".

I'll be 68 Friday. My doctor measured me at 6'5" last month.

You should be more polite to your elders, especially the big ones.

Are you drunk? I don't have sayed anything wrong.
He's certainly not young anymore, I mean he's 73y, if there is another method to call a man over 70 (besides "old man") say it.
And I agree with LOLO, you can even be 45y older than me, but you're for sure not smarter.
Anonymous said on 12/Jan/11
the men who are under 6'1 or 6' hardly lose any height. It is not common to see an old man who is over 6'1. Maybe because they are all dead because shorter people seem to live longer or there were not many people over 6'2 70 years ago. anyway i would think the healthiest height to be is between 5'-6'1. i wonder what happens to these basketball players when they get old. some of those guys are 6'8-6'11!
Chris said on 11/Jan/11
looks 6'0.5 here
Er said on 11/Jan/11
Rob's standing worse than Jenny here, but he looks 184cm on his side but compared to Jenny he isn't even 183cm.
ACG said on 11/Jan/11
He looks as though he could still be in the 6'2" range judging from your photo, Rob, but you met him, so.....
James said on 11/Jan/11
lost a fair amount of height
Larc186-188cm said on 11/Jan/11
It's rare to see an old man to be this tall, he really does look just about a full 6'1, maybe even 186-187 with good posture.
Was for sure over 6'2 when younger.
Moke said on 11/Jan/11
Rob, is it true that tall men generally lose more height aging than average or shorter men? What did you experience in that matter?

Editor Rob
I think the longer your spine the more chance you would lose more height, it would be more noticeable.
Joe said on 11/Jan/11
6'1 is too low for him. he looks at least 187cm/6'1.75
186.5cm Guy said on 11/Jan/11
Looked 2 inches taller than David Duchovny on the X-Files and about an inch taller than Mitch Pileggi, wonder if he lost an inch since the 90s?
rob89 said on 14/Dec/10
Definitely around 6'2, at least during the run of the X-Files. He was clearly a couple of inches taller than both Duchovny & Mitch Pileggi back then, but maybe he's shorter today? He's over 70 so it's definitely possible, even likely, that he's shrunk. I see Rob has his current height listed as 6'1 as well.

6'2.5 just might be correct for his peak height too, as a young man. After all, when the X-files was being filmed between 1993-2002, he was already in his 50s/60s by then, so maybe he had already shrunk by that time and was down to 6'2 flat? That's what i think anyway.
Flaw said on 2/Jan/09
he is ray i met him & he was big i knew he was tall but not 6'2 but he is id believe it
Ray said on 23/Apr/08
Bill Davis is a big dude. 6' 2.5" sounds correct.
patrick said on 15/Feb/07
Sorry but he is really taller than Mitch Pileggi; This man is visibly tall despite his bias to slouch a bit; I am sure he is 6'2.5.
Always towering people around but for Tom Welling who is noticebly taller though they try to mask it.
The Judge said on 3/Aug/06
I think it's a good x-files he's taller than Mr.Duchovny by 2 or 2.5 inches and barely taller than Mr.Pileggi who's 6'1" so..

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