Chris Owens (actor)

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Chris Owens
Owens with Farah Merani at 2016 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser
Christopher Bradley Owens

(1961-09-07) 7 September 1961 (age 62)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Christopher Bradley Owens (born 7 September 1961) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his performances on the television series The X-Files.

Owens was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Jeannette, a jazz singer, and Garry Owens, a jazz drummer.[1]


Owens has performed in many feature films, often in minor roles, including appearances in Cocktail and The Recruit. However, he is best known for his performances on the television series The X-Files. Owens initially guest starred as the younger version of William B. Davis's character, the Cigarette Smoking Man, in a 1996 episode "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man". He returned in 1997 in the same role in an episode called "Demons". Later that year, he played the Frankenstein-esque Great Mutato in a surreal episode called "The Post-Modern Prometheus".[citation needed]

In 1998, Owens was cast as special agent Jeffrey Spender, son of The Smoking Man and alien abductee Cassandra Spender.[2] Owens was credited as 'Also Starring' but only appeared in eight episodes, spread across the show's fifth and sixth seasons, before his character died at the hand of his father. Owens returned in a 2002 episode called "William", playing a hideously disfigured Jeffrey Spender who had survived the "murder". He appeared a few episodes later in "The Truth", the series finale.[3]

He has been nominated for numerous awards, including a 2002 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Uncles.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Cages Billy Simpson Short film
1986 As Is Pickup #2 Television movie
1986 9B Steven Lapiere Television movie
1987 The Big Town Garage Boy
1987 Haunted By Her Past Thomas Television movie
1988 Cocktail Soldier
1994 Paris or Somewhere Shawn Television movie
1995 Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Nebraska Television movie
1996 Double Jeopardy Rocco Television movie
1996 Sabotage Young Security Guard
1996 Giant Mike Tom Aitken Television movie
1997 Their Second Chance Jeff Colvin Television movie
1998 Disturbing Behavior Officer Kramer
2000 Python Brian Cooper Television movie
2000 The Uncles John Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
2001 A Glimpse of Hell Agent Flynn Television movie
2001 My Louisiana Sky Lonnie Parker Television movie
2002 Guilt by Association Roger Television movie
2002 Power and Beauty Weston Television movie
2003 The Happy Couple Dwayne
2003 The Recruit Art Wallis
2007 Breach Trunk Cataloguer
2008 The Incredible Hulk Commando
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dancer
2009 Saw VI Additional voices
2010 RED Hanged Man
2010 Saw 3D: The Final Chapter Additional voices
2011 Dream House Tom Barrion Uncredited
2017 Molly's Game LA Player


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Hangin' In Brian Episode: "Video Fever"
1985 Night Heat Mel Braddock Episode: "Ancient Madness"
1986 Adderly Gang Member Episode: "Rich Kid"
1988 9B Steven Lapiere 5 episodes
1988 The Campbells Volunteer Rifleman Episode: "The Rifle Company"
1989 Street Legal Ricky Palmer Episode: "Slipping Through the Cracks"
1990 Top Cops Astorotti Episode: "James Garcia/Mike Coleman"
1990 Street Legal Seth Cuthbert Episode: "Standard of Care"
1992 Rin Tin Tin K-9 Cop Episode: "Under Siege"
1993 The Hidden Room Peter Semple Episode: "The First Battle"
1995 TekWar Roy Henry Episode: "Chill Factory"
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Tremaine Episode: "Shaolin Shot"
1996 PSI Factor Deputy Carl Hall Episode: "Reptilian Revenge/Ghostly Voices"
1996–1997 The X-Files Young Cigarette Smoking Man 2 episodes
1997 Millennium Deputy Bill Sherman Episode: "Monster"
1997 The X-Files Mutato Episode: "The Post-Modern Prometheus"
1998 Stargate SG-1 Armin Selig Episode: "Secrets"
1998–2018 The X-Files Jeffrey Spender 11 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
1999 The Net Sam Lloyd Episode: "Y2K: Total System Failure"
2001 Blue Murder Speltz Episode: "Wrongful Convictions"
2001 Lexx Biff Episode: "Texx Lexx"
2001 Soul Food Jim Episode: "Fly Away Home"
2002 Mutant X Mr. Delay Episode: "Interface"
2003 Blue Murder John Doe Episode: "John Doe"
2004 This Is Wonderland Episode: "#1.9"
2004 The Grid Polygrapher Episode: "#1.2"
2005 1-800-MISSING Episode: "Sisterhood"
2005 Air Crash Investigation Scott Lustig Episode: "Mistaken Identity"
2007 Til Death Do Us Part Carl Lawford Episode: "The Pond Scum Murder"
2008 Victor Dave Stubbs TV film
2009 The Line Andy 15 episodes
2010 Baxter Sam 4 episodes
2011 Combat Hospital Sergeant Major Gaestner Episode: "Shifting Sands"
2015 The Strain Medical Officer Episode: "Quick and Painless"
2018 The Expanse Kolvoord 6 episodes


  1. ^ "Chris Owens Biography (1961-)".
  2. ^ Teichman, Glenn (8 November 1998). "Sixth season of 'X-Files' sets small screen afire". The Albany Herald. Albany, NY. p. TV8.
  3. ^ "Closing 'The X-Files'; As the series looks to its last year, we take on 20 mysteries Mulder and Scully still haven't solved". The State. Columbia, SC. 20 May 2000. p. D1.
  4. ^ "Chris Owens". Canada's Awards Database. Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.

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