John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies

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

John Rhys-Davies' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Sliders TV Show
Hieryoglyph TV Show
The Fantastic Four TV Show
The Fantastic Four
Hieroglyph TV Show
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

2015 - Beyond The Mask
2015 - Time Lapse
2014 - Apocalypse Pompeii
2013 - Prisoners of the Sun
2009 - Reclaiming the Blade
2008 - In the Name of the King
2006 - Shark Bait
2006 - One Night with the King
2005 - Ringers - Lord of the Fans
2005 - The King Maker
2005 - The Shadow Dancer
2005 - The Game of Their Lives
2005 - The Lost Angel
2004 - The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
2003 - Coronado
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 - The Medallion
2003 - The Jungle Book 2
2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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
1992 - The Lost World
1989 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1988 - Waxwork
1987 - The Living Daylights
1986 - In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro
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)
Sammy Mutterperl
King Hugo (Voiced)
Cyclops (Voiced)
Laughing Spam Fritter
Professor Lampley
Quillan Gornt
Grand Pabbie (Voiced)
Harry Waverly
[Complete List]


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.

  • 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)_ (qv), Bloom played Paris, Priam's younger son.
  • 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' (qv), who in fact spent more film hours performing as Gimli the Dwarf.
  • 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).
  • His son urged him to accept the role in _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_ (qv).
  • Parents: Rhys Davies (a mechanical engineer) and Mary Margaretta Phyllis Jones (a nurse).
  • Keeps busy by developing a new hobby with each movie.
  • While working on the Lord of the Rings films, he lost seventy pounds from all the running around the part involved. When he went back to New Zealand for re-shoots, the makeup artists had to alter his Gimli makeup to better fit his slimmed-down facial features.
  • Played the character of Malone in the TV Series _"The Untouchables" (1993)_ (qv). The character was played by 'Sean Connery' (qv) in the movie version _The Untouchables (1987)_ (qv). Both actors also played Richard the Lionheart, King of England, in separate versions of Robin Hood: Rhys-Davis in TV's _"Robin of Sherwood" (1984)_ (qv) and Connery (albeit uncredited) in _Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)_ (qv). Connery and Rhys-Davies appeared together in between these projects in _Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)_ (qv).

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