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)
The Shannara Chronicles TV Show
The Shannara Chronicles
Sliders TV Show
The Fantastic Four TV Show
The Fantastic Four
Hieryoglyph TV Show
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

2016 - Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
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 - One Night with the King
2006 - Shark Bait
2005 - The Shadow Dancer
2005 - Ringers - Lord of the Fans
2005 - The Game of Their Lives
2005 - The Lost Angel
2005 - The King Maker
2004 - The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 - The Medallion
2003 - The Jungle Book 2
2003 - Coronado
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
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
Findlaech (Voiced)
Sammy Mutterperl
Cyclops (Voiced)
King Hugo (Voiced)
Laughing Spam Fritter
Professor Lampley
Quillan Gornt
Harry Waverly
Grand Pabbie (Voiced)
[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.

  • Keeps busy by developing a new hobby with each movie.
  • 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).
  • Two of his television movies have been followed up with similarly themed theatrical films starring 'Eric Bana (I)' (qv). He played "The Kingpin" in _The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) (TV)_ (qv); the film _Hulk (2003)_ (qv) starred Bana. He played "King Priam" in _Helen of Troy (2003) (TV)_ (qv); 'Eric Bana (I)' (qv) played "Hector" in _Troy (2004)_ (qv).
  • 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.
  • Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, England, and is an Associate Member.
  • Has lived with Lisa Manning since 2004. They have a daughter, Maia. Although he separated from his wife Susie in the early 1980s, he has not divorced her and has no plans to. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1995 and he remains close to her.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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