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Also Known As: John Rhys Davies Died:
Born: May 5, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wiltshire, England, GB Profession: actor, voice actor, screenwriter, teacher

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Operatically voiced Welsh character actor John Rhys-Davies endeared himself to a generation of filmgoers and filmmakers with his exuberant performances in two of the biggest movie franchises of the 20th century - "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-03). When not busy with these blockbusters, he was a ubiquitous presence in international television and film, where he essayed numerous military and professorial types, as well as a wide variety of ethnicities. Rhys-Davies also lent his formidable voice to countless animated efforts and video games, making him one of the more well-rounded and revered entertainers from across the pond - but one who was so chameleon-like in all of his projects, he was able to live a comfortable life of relative anonymity off-screen.

Operatically voiced Welsh character actor John Rhys-Davies endeared himself to a generation of filmgoers and filmmakers with his exuberant performances in two of the biggest movie franchises of the 20th century - "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-03). When not busy with these blockbusters, he was a ubiquitous presence in international television and film, where he essayed numerous military and professorial types, as well as a wide variety of ethnicities. Rhys-Davies also lent his formidable voice to countless animated efforts and video games, making him one of the more well-rounded and revered entertainers from across the pond - but one who was so chameleon-like in all of his projects, he was able to live a comfortable life of relative anonymity off-screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Escape (2012)
2.
 Concrete Blondes (2012)
3.
 Ferocious Planet (2011)
5.
7.
 Anaconda 3 (2008)
9.
 Fire and Ice (2008)
10.
 Reef, The (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Wales and East Africa; returned to England at age nine
1955:
Reportedly saw first play "Oedipus Rex" at age 11
1959:
Acted in school plays at Truro School (date approximate)
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Worked as a teacher for one year after graduating from university
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Decided to pursue an acting career; enrolled at RADA
1970:
Debuted as a regular on the British TV series "Budgie"
1970:
Garnered attention for his performance as Sebastian in "The Tempest" on the London stage
1974:
Film debut in small role of a policeman in "The Black Windmill"
1976:
Had featured role in the acclaimed British series "I, Claudius"
1977:
Spent two seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company
1978:
American TV-movie debut, the ABC drama "The Nativity"
1980:
Received Emmy nomination for his supporting performance in the NBC mininseries "Shogun"
1981:
Breakthrough feature role as Sallah in Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
1982:
Was a regular on the ABC series "The Quest"
1983:
Portrayed Egyptian President Nasser in "Sadat" (syndicated)
1987:
Co-starred as a Russian general in the 007 film "The Living Daylights"
1988:
Played Sammy Mutterperl in the ABC miniseries "War and Remembrance"
1989:
Reprised role of Sallah in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
1990:
Screenwriting debut, "Tusks"; also starred
1991:
Voiced the character of Hugo in the animated series "The Legend of Prince Valiant"
1993:
Appeared in the syndicated series "The Untouchables"
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Co-starred in the Fox sci-fi series "Sliders"
1997:
Cast as Mustafa in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Your Wish"
1997:
Portrayed Leonardo Da Vinci in a two-part episode of the UPN series "Star Trek: Voyager"
2001:
Appeared as Gimli in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
2002:
Reprised Gimli and voiced a tree creature in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
2003:
Repised his role as Gimli for the third and final "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
2004:
Cast in "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" directed by Gary Marshall
2005:
Starred in "The Game of Their Lives" based on the true story of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England in the small town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2006:
Cast as Merrick, the court sorcerer in Uwe Boll's "Dungeon Siege"
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Education

University of East Anglia: -
University of East Anglia: -
Truro School: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1969

Notes

Rhys-Davies collects vintage automobiles.

"I think at the time when all my contemporaries were reading it and praising it, I was so deeply involved in reading classic literature that I was a snob and I did not imagine that anything major could possibly be written by a relative contemporary. Having read it now a second and third time, I think it is arguably the greatest work of imaginative fiction in certainly the latter half of the 20th Century."---Rhys-Davies on LOTR EmpireOnline December 2003

"There is nothing to alter my position that this is a masterpiece, created by a fan for fans with the intention of turning those who aren't yet fans into fans. And we succeeded."---Rhys-Davies on LOTR to Empire Magazine, January 2005.

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wife:
Suzanne A D Wilkinson. Translator. Married in 1966.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Rhys Davies. Mechanical engineer. Welsh.
mother:
Mary Margaretta Phyllis Jones. Nurse. Welsh.
son:
Ben Davies. Born c. 1969.
son:
Tom Davies. Born c, 1972.
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