John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies

Age
70
Birthday
May. 5th, 1944
Born in
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
Height
6' 1"

John Rhys-Davies' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Sliders TV Show
Sliders
Hieryoglyph TV Show
Hieryoglyph
The Fantastic Four TV Show
The Fantastic Four
Hieroglyph TV Show
Hieroglyph
Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series TV Show
Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series
The Untouchables TV Show
The Untouchables
Enemy at the Door (UK) TV Show
Enemy at the Door (UK)
The Quest TV Show
The Quest
Under Cover TV Show
Under Cover
 

Main Movie Roles

2008 - In the Name of the King
2006 - Shark Bait
2006 - One Night with the King
2005 - The King Maker
2005 - The Game of Their Lives
2005 - The Shadow Dancer
2004 - The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
2003 - The Jungle Book 2
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 - Coronado
2003 - The Medallion
2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
1999 - Secret of the Andes
1997 - Cats Don't Dance
1996 - The Great White Hype
1994 - The High Crusade
1993 - The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter
1992 - The Lost World
1989 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1988 - Waxwork
1987 - The Living Daylights
1987 - Predator: The Concert
1986 - Firewalker
1985 - King Solomon's Mines
1984 - Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
1982 - Victor Victoria
1981 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
1981 - Sphinx
1974 - The Black Windmill

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Macbeth (Voiced)
14
Additional Voices (Voiced)
8
Sammy Mutterperl
7
King Hugo (Voiced)
7
Laughing Spam Fritter
6
Professor Lampley
6
Quillan Gornt
4
Madman Mustapha
3
Harry Waverly
3
Lord Hades (Voiced)
2
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Acclaimed British 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) and "Noble House" (1988), "Great Expectations" (1989), "War and Remembrance" (1988) 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.


TRIVIA:
  • Parents: Rhys Davies (a mechanical engineer) and Mary Margaretta Phyllis Jones (a nurse).
  • Ironically, he is actually taller than _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_ (qv) co-stars 'Viggo Mortensen' (qv), 'Orlando Bloom' (qv) and 'Ian McKellen' (qv), yet he plays the Dwarf.
  • 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)_ (qv), he was fitted with a gel tip for the finger. Rhys-Davies and the crew played a prank on director 'Peter Jackson (I)' (qv) 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.
  • Is one of four "Lord of the Rings" stars to star, pre-"Rings," with 'Harrison Ford (I)' (qv). He starred with Ford in _Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv) and _Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)_ (qv), and Ford starred with 'Viggo Mortensen' (qv) (Aragorn) in _Witness (1985)_ (qv), with 'Sean Bean' (qv) (Boromir) in _Patriot Games (1992)_ (qv), and with 'Miranda Otto' (qv) (Eowyn) in _What Lies Beneath (2000)_ (qv).
  • Every film he has made with 'Kiran Shah' has been nominated for Best Picture: _Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv), _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_ (qv), _The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)_ (qv), _The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)_ (qv).
  • Keeps busy by developing a new hobby with each movie.
  • Although a double needed to be used to make Rhys-Davies look much smaller than his shorter co-stars 'Viggo Mortensen' (qv) and 'Orlando Bloom' (qv), 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.
  • Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, England, and is an Associate Member.


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