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John Rhys Davies

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Photos John Rhys Davies Birth name: John Rhys Davies
Birth date: 1944/05/05 (76 years old)
Birth place : Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK

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Biography for John Rhys Davies

Acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies graduated from the University of East Anglia and is probably best known to film audiences for his roles in the blockbuster hits Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He has also had leading roles in _Victor/Victoria (1982)_, The Living Daylights (1987) and King Solomon's Mines (1985).

Rhys-Davies, who was raised in England, Africa and Wales, credits his early exposure to classic literature for his decision to pursue acting and writing. he later refined his craft at London's renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His television credits include James Clavell's "Shogun" (1980) (mini) and "Noble House" (1988) (mini), "Great Expectations" (1989) (mini), _"War and Remembrance" (1989) (mini)_ and "Archaeology" (1991).

An avid collector of vintage automobiles, Rhys-Davies has a host of theater roles to his credit, including "the Misanthrope", "Hedda Gabler" and most of Shakespeare's works. He divides his time between Los Angeles and the Isle of Man.


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Title Role
Medium Raw (2007) (filming) Elliot Carbon
Kiss Me Deadly (2008) (post-production) Yale
Prisoners of the Sun (2007) (post-production) Prof. Hayden Masterton
Takezo Kensei: Sword Saint (2007) TV Series Narrator (unknown episodes)
The Ferryman (2007) The Greek
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) (as John Rhys Davies) Merick
Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II - Rise of the Witch King (2006) (VG) (voice) Gimli son of Gloin
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Comandor (1 episode, 2006)
One Night with the King (2006) Mordecai
Shark Bait (2006) (voice) Thorton
Tainted Love (2006) Underwood
The Legend of Sasquatch (2006) (voice) Ranger Steve
The King Maker (2005) Phillippe
The Shadow Dancer (2005) Mr. Benton
The Game of Their Lives (2005) (as John Rhys Davies) Bill Jeffrey
Revelations (2005) (mini) TV Series Prof. Lampley
Chupacabra Terror (2005) (V) Captain Randolph
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (2004) (VG) (voice) Gimli
Catching Kringle (2004) (voice) Santa
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) Viscount Mabrey
La Femme Musketeer (2004) (TV) Porthos
Dragon Storm (2004) (TV) King Fastrad
The Lost Angel (2004) Father Kevin
12 Days of Terror (2004) (TV) Captain
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Gimli
Lords of Everquest (2003) (VG) (voice) Lord Huigar
Coronado (2003) Presidente Hugo Luis Ramos
The Medallion (2003) Cmdr. Hammerstock-Smythe
Vlad (2003) Narrator
Helen of Troy (2003) (TV) King Priam of Troy
Freelancer (2003) (VG) (voice) Richard Winston Tobias, Esq. ('Tobias')
The Jungle Book 2 (2003) (voice) Ranjan's father
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Gimli/Voice of Treebeard
Fillmore! Lenny (1 episode, 2002)
Sabretooth (2002) (V) Anthony Bricklin
Scorcher (2002/I) Dr. Matthew Sallin
Arli$$ (1 episode, 2002)
House of Mouse Oberon (1 episode, 2002)
SpongeBob SquarePants Man Ray / ... (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
Peak Practice Mike King (1 episode, 2002)
Justice League Lord Hades (2 episodes, 2002)
Endangered Species (2002) Police Lt. Wyznowski
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Gimli
Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate - Dark Alliance (2001) (VG) (voice) Jherek
Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team (2001) (V) Hakim
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Alexandre Dumas / ... (2 episodes, 2000)
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists (2000) (voice) King Akron/Baraka
Britannic (2000) (TV) (as John Rhys Davies also) Captain Barrett
The Gold Cross (2000) Rodrigues
Mickey Mouse Works Oberon (1 episode, 1999)
Au Pair (1999) (TV) Nigel Kent
Secret of the Andes (1999) Father Claver
Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol (1999) Ivan
The Protector (1998/II) Rasheed
Pinky and the Brain Narrator (1 episode, 1998)
Dune 2000 (1998) (VG) Noree Moneo
Star Trek: Voyager Leonardo Da Vinci / ... (2 episodes, 1997)
You Wish (1997) TV Series Madman Mustapha (unknown episodes)
Freakazoid! Professor Beasthead (1 episode, 1997)
Bloodsport III (1997) Duvalier
Sliders Prof. Maximilian Arturo (41 episodes, 1995-1997)
Cats Don't Dance (1997) (voice) Woolie Mammoth
The Incredible Hulk Thor (1 episode, 1996)
Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh (1996) (TV) (voice) Narrator
Glory Daze (1996) Luther
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man The Sultan of Dendron (1 episode, 1996)
The Great White Hype (1996) Johnny Windsor
Gargoyles MacBeth / ... (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Echo of Blue (1996)
Marquis de Sade (1996) Inspector Marais
Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles MacBeth (1 episode)
Ripper (1996) (VG) Vigo Haman
Fantastic Four Thor (2 episodes, 1995)
Blood of the Innocent (1995) Shmuda
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995) (V) (voice) The King of Thieves/Cassim
Catherine the Great (1995) (TV) Pugachev
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Asgarth (1 episode)
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1995) (VG) Sen. James Paladin Taggart, Con
A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994) (TV) (voice) Charles Brickens
A Mind to Kill Roderick Tate (1 episode, 1994)
Murder, She Wrote Harry Mordecai / ... (3 episodes, 1988-1994)
Robot in the Family (1994) Neighbor
The High Crusade (1994) Bruder Parvus
The Untouchables Agent Michael Malone (15 episodes, 1993-1994)
Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness (1994) (VG) (voice) Narrator
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (1994) (VG) Gen. James 'Paladin' Taggart/Prince Thrakhath nar Kiranka
Shadows of Darkness (1994) Narrator
Cyborg Cop (1993) Kessel
Animaniacs Tympannini (segment Piano Rag (short)) (1 episode, 1993)
The Seventh Coin (1993) Captain Galil
The Pirates of Dark Water Additional Voices (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Sunset Grill (1993) Stockton
The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1993) Professor Warren
Ring of the Musketeers (1992) (TV) Maurice Treville
Batman 'Baron' Waclaw Jozek (1 episode, 1992)
Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing (1992) (TV) Phillip Graff
South Beach (1992)
Kabuto (1992) El Zaidan
Canvas (1992) Nick
The Double 0 Kid (1992) (V) Rudi Von Kseenbaum
Return to the Lost World (1992) Challenger
The Lost World (1992) Challenger
Tales from the Crypt Duval (1 episode, 1991)
Under Cover Flynn (1 episode, 1991)
Under Cover (1991) (TV) Flynn
Before the Storm (1991) (TV) Flynn
The Strauss Dynasty (1991) (mini) TV Series Gribov
Misteri della giungla nera, I (1991) (mini) TV Series O'Connor
Secret Weapon (1990) (TV) Mossad Chief
Rebel Storm (1990) Donwaldo
Tusks (1990) Roger Singh
Desperado: Badlands Justice (1989) (TV) Richard Marriott
Great Expectations (1989) (mini) TV Series Joe Gargery
The Gifted One (1989) (TV) Carl Boardman
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Sallah
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) (TV) Wilson Fisk
Goddess of Love (1988) (TV) Zeus
War and Remembrance (1988) (mini) TV Series Sammy Mutterperl
Giovane Toscanini, Il (1988) Claudio Rossi
Higher Ground (1988) (TV) Lt. Smight
Waxwork (1988) Werewolf (Anton Webber)
Noble House (1988) (mini) TV Series Quillan Gornt
The Little Match Girl (1987) (TV) Police Chief Murphy
Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (1987) (TV) Edward Tremaine
The Living Daylights (1987) General Leonid Pushkin
Predator: The Concert (1987) The Mountain Man
Firewalker (1986) Corky Taylor
In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986) Chris Tucker
Dot and the Whale (1986) (uncredited) Pirate #2
King Solomon's Mines (1985) Dogati
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Lord Ralph Bromfield (1 episode, 1984)
Nairobi Affair (1984) (TV) Simon
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984) Baron Fortinbras
No Man's Land (1984) (TV) Grimshaw
Robin of Sherwood King Richard (1 episode, 1984)
Kim (1984) (TV) Babu
Sahara (1983) Rasoul
Sadat (1983) (TV) Gamal Abdel Nasser
Reilly: The Ace of Spies (1983) (mini) TV Series Tanyatos
The Quest (1982) TV Series Sir Edward (unknown episodes)
CHiPs Nakura (1 episode, 1982)
Victor Victoria (1982) Andre Cassell
Ivanhoe (1982) (TV) Front de Boeuf
Best Revenge (1982) Mustapha
The Island of Adventure (1982) Smith
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Sallah
Peter and Paul (1981) (TV) Silas
Sphinx (1981) Stephanos Markoulis
The Merchant of Venice (1980) (TV) Salerio
Shogun (1980/I) (TV) Vasco Rodrigues
Shogun (1980) (mini) TV Series Vasco Rodrigues
Enemy at the Door George Trenett (1 episode, 1980)
Henry VIII (1979) (TV) Capucius, Ambassador from Emperor Charles V
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979) (as John Rhys Davies) Solicitor
The Nativity (1978) (TV) Nestor
Target Hecht (1 episode, 1978)
Z Cars Terry Larkin (1 episode, 1978)
Hazell Graves (1 episode, 1978)
1990 Ivor Griffith (1 episode, 1977)
Just William Authority (1 episode, 1977)
Beasts Peter Newell (1 episode, 1976)
I, Claudius (1976) (mini) TV Series Macro
Hunter's Walk Roger Jenkins (1 episode, 1976)
Warship CPO Cook Mantell (1 episode, 1976)
The Naked Civil Servant (1975) (TV) Barndoor
Quiller Leindorf (1 episode, 1975)
Within These Walls Inspector Jay (1 episode, 1975)
The Sweeney Ron Brett (1 episode, 1975)
The Black Windmill (1974) (uncredited) Fake Military Policeman
Fall of Eagles (1974) (mini) TV Series Zinoviev
Zodiac Aikman (1 episode, 1974)
The Adventures of Black Beauty Alfred Kidney (1 episode, 1974)
Penny Gold (1973) Rugger Player No.2
Dixon of Dock Green Dunlop (1 episode, 1972)
The Incredible Robert Baldick: Never Come Night (1972) (TV) Caleb Selling
Budgie Laughing Spam Fritter (1 episode, 1972)
The Guardians First Guardian (1 episode, 1971)


John Rhys-Davies spent up to 5 hours a day putting on makeup for the role of Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was discovered early on that he was allergic to the prosthetics, so he could only put them on and work about every third day. The first week, it burned off the skin under his eyes.

Keeps busy by developing a new hobby with each movie.

Lost the end tip of his left hand middle finger to the knuckle while changing out a van motor. During filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), he was fitted with a gel tip for the finger. Rhys-Davies and the crew played a prank on director Peter Jackson by slicing the gel tip nearly in half and inserting prop blood inside. Rhys-Davies approached Jackson to tell him he was hurt and pulled open the tip, letting the blood flow out.

Ironically, he is actually taller than The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) co-stars Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen, yet he plays the Dwarf.

According to an article in the Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia), December 14, 2003, the actors who played the members of the Fellowship of the Ring got a tattoo as a memento of their shared experiences, except for Rhys-Davies, who sent his stunt double instead. According to the BellaOnline body art website, the double was martial artist Brett Beattie, who in fact spent more film hours performing as Gimli the Dwarf.

Two of his television movies have been followed up with similarly themed theatrical films starring Eric Bana. He played The Kingpin in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) (TV); the film Hulk starred Bana. He played King Priam in Helen of Troy (2003) (TV); Eric Bana played Hector in Troy (2004).

Before getting the role of Gimli, he auditioned for the role of Denethor. Orlando Bloom, who played Legolas, auditioned for the role of Denethor's other son, Faramir. In Helen of Troy, Rhys-Davies played Priam, and in Troy (2004), Bloom played Paris, Priam's younger son.

April 2004 - Appeared as the special Lord of the Rings guest at the Armageddon Sci-Fi and Comics Convention in Auckland, New Zealand.

September 2004 - Attended the Armaggeddon Pulp Culture Expo Convention in Wellington, New Zealand as a Lord of the Rings guest

Every film he has made with 'Kiran Shah' has been nominated for Best Picture: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

Is one of four "Lord of the Rings" stars to star, pre-"Rings," with Harrison Ford. He starred with Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Ford starred with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) in Witness (1985), with Sean Bean (Boromir) in Patriot Games (1992), and with Miranda Otto (Eowyn) in _What Lies Beneath' (2000)

Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, England, and is an Associate Member.

Although a double needed to be used to make Rhys-Davies look much smaller than his shorter co-stars Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom, his height was exactly the right proportions to those of his hobbit co-stars and no body doubles were used in their shots together. The hobbits are supposed to average about 3' 6" (2 feet shorter than the actors who played them) and Gimli, at just over 4 feet tall, is about 2 feet shorter than the real Rhys-Davies.

Graduated from the University of East Anglia.

Played the character of Malone in the TV Series "The Untouchables" (1993). The character was played by Sean Connery in the movie version The Untouchables (1987). Connery and Rhys-Davies acted together in between these two projects in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).



Spouse : Suzanne A. D. Wilkinson (1966 - ?) 2 children, Deborah (? - ?) 1 child

His son urged him to accept the role in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

Parents: Rhys Davies (a mechanical engineer) and Mary Margaretta Phyllis Jones (a nurse).

Children: Tom, Ben.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/10/2007 by doudoune

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