John Rhys-Davies

Actor, Voice actor, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1944 in Wiltshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (135)

The Shannara Chronicles 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond the Mask 2015 (Movie)

Charles Kemp (Actor)

Hieroglyph 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fallen Angel 2015 (Movie)

Father Victor (Actor)

Catching Kringle 2014 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Concrete Blondes 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Golden Shoes 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Living in Neon Dreams 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lost Angel 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Return to the Hiding Place 2014 (Movie)

Eusi (Actor)

Wing Commander III: The Heart of the Tiger 2014 (Movie)

James "Paladin" Taggart (Actor)

Three Wise Women 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Days in Monkey City 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Fire and Ice 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Anaconda 3 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale 2008 (Movie)

Merick (Actor)

Reclaiming the Blade 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Ferryman 2007 (Movie)

The Greek (Actor)

One Night with the King 2006 (Movie)

Mordecai (Actor)

Prisoners of the Sun 2006 (Movie)

Masterton (Actor)

Shadows in the Sun 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reef 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Thorton (Actor)

Chupacabra: Dark Seas 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Coronado 2005 (Movie)

Presidente Ramos (Actor)

Revelations 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Game of Their Lives 2005 (Movie)

Bill Jeffrey (Actor)

The Legend of Sasquatch 2005 (Movie)

Ranger Steve (Voice)

Dragon Storm 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

La Femme Musketeer 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The King Maker 2004 (Movie)

Phillippe (Actor)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement 2004 (Movie)

Viscount Mabrey (Actor)

Endangered Species 2003 (Movie)

Police Lt. Wyznowski (Actor)

Helen of Troy 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jungle Book 2 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Ranjan's Father (Actor)

The Medallion 2003 (Movie)

Hammerstock-Smyth (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

Gimli/Voice of Treebeard (Actor)

Catherine the Great 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Au Pair 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad: Beyond the Veil Mists 1999 (Movie)

of King Chandra (Voice)

The Incredible Hulk & Friends 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Bloodsport III 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1990, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Body Armor 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boo! To You Too, Winnie-the-Pooh 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cats Don't Dance 1997 (Movie)

of Woolie (Voice)

Echo of Blue 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sliders 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Aladdin and the King of Thieves 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

Archaeology 1992 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Glory Daze 1996 (Movie)

Luther (Actor)

The Great White Hype 1996 (Movie)

Johnny Windsor (Actor)

Angel of Death 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Making of the Indiana Jones Adventure 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The High Crusade 1994 (Movie)

Brother Parvus (Actor)

The Untouchables 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Cyborg Cop 1993 (Movie)

Joachim Kessel (Actor)

Frame By Frame 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Powers of the Russian Psychics 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ring of the Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

Robot in the Family 1993 (Movie)

Eli Taki (Actor)

Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset Grill 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Magic Paintbrush 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

The Making of Aladdin 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return to the Lost World 1993 (Movie)

Challenger (Actor)

The Seventh Coin 1993 (Movie)

Captain Galil (Actor)

Shogun Mayeda 1992 (Movie)

El Zaidan (Actor)

The Double O Kid 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Unnamable II 1992 (Movie)

Professor Harley Warren (Actor)

Canvas 1991 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Dead Wait 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Games 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost World 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Under Cover 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Cover 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Expectations 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 (Movie)

Sallah (Actor)

The Goddess of Love 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Tusks 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Il Giovane Toscanini 1988 (Movie)

Claudio Rossi (Actor)

Rising Storm 1988 (Movie)

Donwaldo (Actor)

The Little Match Girl 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Waxwork 1988 (Movie)

Anton Weber (Actor)

The Living Daylights 1987 (Movie)

General Leonid Pushkin (Actor)

Firewalker 1986 (Movie)

Corky Taylor (Actor)

King Solomon's Mines 1985 (Movie)

Dogati (Actor)

Kim 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

No Man's Land 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Sahara 1984 (Movie)

Rasoul (Actor)

Best Revenge 1983 (Movie)

Mustapha (Actor)

In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro 1983 (Movie)

Chris Tucker (Actor)

The Quest 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Ivanhoe 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Victor/Victoria 1982 (Movie)

Andre Cassell (Actor)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

Sallah (Actor)

Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

Stephanos Markoulis (Actor)

The Black Windmill 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

12 Days of Terror (TV Show)

Actor

Anacondas: Trail of Blood (TV Show)

Actor

Before the Storm (TV Show)

Actor

Blood of the Innocent (Movie)

(Actor)

Britannic (TV Show)

Actor

Desperado: Badlands Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Escape (Movie)

Malcolm Andrews (Actor)

Ferocious Planet (TV Show)

Actor

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

Higher Ground (TV Show)

Actor

Ivanhoe (Movie)

Front de Boeuf (Actor)

James Clavell's Noble House (TV Show)

Actor

Killing Jesus (TV Show)

Actor

Marquis de Sade (TV Show)

Actor

Nairobi Affair (TV Show)

Actor

Peter and Paul (TV Show)

Actor

Sabretooth (TV Show)

Actor

Sadat (TV Show)

Actor

Secret Weapon (TV Show)

Actor

Shogun (TV Show)

Actor

The Gifted One (TV Show)

Actor

The Nativity (TV Show)

Actor

The Precious One (Movie)

(Actor)

War and Remembrance (TV Show)

Actor

You Wish (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Tusks 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Mary Margaretta Phyllis Jones

Mother
Welsh

Suzanne A D Wilkinson

Wife
Married in 1966

Ben Davies

Son
Born c. 1969

Tom Davies

Son
Born c. 1972

Rhys Davies

Father
Welsh

EDUCATION

University of East Anglia

graduated

University of East Anglia

graduated

Truro School

Cornwall
began acting at age 15

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1969

Milestones

2006

Cast as Merrick, the court sorcerer in Uwe Boll's "Dungeon Siege"

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

2004

Cast in "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" directed by Gary Marshall

2003

Repised his role as Gimli for the third and final "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

2002

Reprised Gimli and voiced a tree creature in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"

2001

Appeared as Gimli in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

1997

Portrayed Leonardo Da Vinci in a two-part episode of the UPN series "Star Trek: Voyager"

1997

Cast as Mustafa in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Your Wish"

1993

Appeared in the syndicated series "The Untouchables"

1991

Voiced the character of Hugo in the animated series "The Legend of Prince Valiant"

1990

Screenwriting debut, "Tusks"; also starred

1989

Reprised role of Sallah in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

1988

Played Sammy Mutterperl in the ABC miniseries "War and Remembrance"

1987

Co-starred as a Russian general in the 007 film "The Living Daylights"

1983

Portrayed Egyptian President Nasser in "Sadat" (syndicated)

1982

Was a regular on the ABC series "The Quest"

1981

Breakthrough feature role as Sallah in Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

1980

Received Emmy nomination for his supporting performance in the NBC mininseries "Shogun"

1978

American TV-movie debut, the ABC drama "The Nativity"

1977

Spent two seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company

1976

Had featured role in the acclaimed British series "I, Claudius"

1974

Film debut in small role of a policeman in "The Black Windmill"

1969

Debuted as a regular on the British TV series "Budgie"

1969

Garnered attention for his performance as Sebastian in "The Tempest" on the London stage

1959

Acted in school plays at Truro School (date approximate)

1955

Reportedly saw first play "Oedipus Rex" at age 11

Decided to pursue an acting career; enrolled at RADA

Worked as a teacher for one year after graduating from university

Raised in Wales and East Africa; returned to England at age nine

Co-starred in the Fox sci-fi series "Sliders"

Bonus Trivia

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Rhys-Davies collects vintage automobiles.

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