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John Rhys-Davies
Birthday: May 5, 1944

Birth Place: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
Height: 6' 1"

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John Rhys-Davies is one of modern cinema's most recognizable character actors. While best known for his work as Indiana Jones' (Harrison Ford) comic sidekick, Sallah, in two of Paramount's Indiana Jones adventure films, the actor has appeared in over 100 television shows and films since the early '70s. He has built an impressive onscreen career, especially for a stage actor who once swore that he would never perform in front of a camera. Born in England on May 5, 1944, Rhys-Davies grew up in Wales and East Africa. He studied English and History at the University of East Anglia at Norwich, where he became interested in theater while reading classical literature. Upon graduating, Rhys-Davies earned a scholarship to study acting at London's prestigious Academy of Dramatic Art. He then worked briefly as a schoolteacher before joining the Madder-Market Theatre in Norwich. The actor, who eventually advanced to the Royal Shakespeare Company, performed in over 100 plays. His theatrical credits include starring roles in Shakespeare's Othello, The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Henry the Fourth, Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, and Moliere's The Misanthrope. Rhys-Davies was 28 when he made his television debut in 1972 as Laughing Spam Fritter in the BBC's Budgie, a comedy starring former British pop star Adam Faith as an amusing ne'er-do-well. In 1975, he joined John Hurt in the cast of the television show The Naked Civil Servant, which chronicled the rich life of Quentin Crisp. One year later, Rhys-Davies re-teamed with Hurt, as well as Derek Jacobi and Patrick Stewart, for the BBC's unforgettable three-part adaptation of Robert Graves' I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Titled I, Claudius, the television miniseries appeared on PBS's Masterpiece Theater and gave American audiences their first glimpse of the actor. He subsequently starred as Vasco Rodrigues in NBC's adaptation of James Clavell's Shogun, which told the adventures of an English sailor stranded in Japan during the early 17th century. Rhys-Davies' performance earned him both an Emmy nomination and the attention of director Steven Spielberg. In 1981, Spielberg cast Rhys-Davies as the comic, fez-wearing Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first installment of the Indiana Jones movies. The film was an instant success and Rhys-Davies' comedic skill made Sallah an audience favorite. He went on to film Victor/Victoria (1982) with Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Leslie Ann Warren, and former pro-football player Alex Karras. For the next two decades, the actor worked on numerous films and television shows and made memorable guest appearances on ChiPs, The Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Murder, She Wrote, Perry Mason, Tales From the Crypt, Star Trek: Voyager, and The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne. In 1987, he portrayed Front de Boeuf in the television adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe that starred James Mason and Sam Neill. That same year, he played the evil Russian General Koskov in the Timothy Dalton-helmed James Bond film The Living Daylights. 1989 saw Rhys-Davies playing Joe Gargery in the Disney Channel's adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations, starring in the miniseries version of War and Remembrance with Robert Mitchum, David Dukes, and Jane Seymour, and returning as Sallah in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In 1990, he wrote and starred in the safari adventure film Tusks. In 1991, he hosted the documentary Archaeology. In 1993, he signed onto the series The Untouchables, based on Brian De Palma's hit film. The show was short-lived and Rhys-Davies did not work on a successful television series until 1995's Sliders with Jerry O'Connell. The sci-fi venture accrued a rather large fan base: Audience members were openly upset when Rhys-Davies' character, the bombastic Professor Maximillian P. Arturo, left the series after only three seasons. After appearing with Damon Wayans in The Great White Hype (1996), Rhys-Davies recorded voice work for the animated films Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) and Cats Don't Dance (1997). The actor has done additional voice work for Animaniacs, Batman: the Animated Series, Gargoyles, Pinky and the Brain, The Fantastic Four, and The Incredible Hulk. He has also branched out to other medias, starring in video games such as Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, Dune 2000, and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, and the CD-ROM game Quest for Glory IV. In 1999, Rhys-Davies read for the minor character of Denethor in the second installment of Peter Jackson's highly anticipated three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson offered him the role of the warrior dwarf Gimli, a major figure in all three pictures. As Gimli, Rhys-Davies is utterly unrecognizable: The part required that he wear heavy facial prosthetics and perform on his knees in order to portray the 4'2" dwarf (the actor, himself, is over six feet tall). The three films — The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003) — were shot simultaneously over an 18-month period in New Zealand, after which Rhys-Davies was asked to return to the set and record the voice of Treebeard, a computer-generated character in the second picture. In 2001, in the midst of attending press junkets for the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, Rhys-Davies began work on the Jackie Chan film Highbinders (2002) and the Eric Roberts B-picture Endangered Species (2002). Besides being an actor, Rhys-Davies is also a serious vintage car collector and a thriving investor. In the '80s, he invested heavily with his earnings and purchased a company that conducts genetic engineering feasibility studies. The actor resides in both Los Angeles and the Isle of Man.

Movie Credits
Indiana Jones 4 (2008)
[ Harrison Ford ][ Sean Connery ][ George Lucas ][ John Williams ]
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
[ Jason Statham ][ Ron Perlman ][ Burt Reynolds ][ Ray Liotta ][ Matthew Lillard ]
Tainted Love (2006)
[ Dennis Hopper ][ Danny Dyer ]
The Ferryman (2006)
[ Tamer Hassan ]
One Night with the King (2006)
[ Peter O'Toole ][ Omar Sharif ][ Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ][ Luke Goss ][ James Callis ]
Shark Bait (2006)
[ Freddie Prinze Jr. ][ Rob Schneider ][ R. Lee Ermey ][ Andy Dick ][ Jimmy Bennett ]
The Legend of Sasquatch (2006)
[ William Hurt ]
The King Maker (2005)
[ Gary Stretch ]
The Shadow Dancer (2005)
[ Joshua Jackson ][ Harvey Keitel ][ Giancarlo Giannini ]
The Game of Their Lives (2005)
[ Gerard Butler ][ Patrick Stewart ][ Wes Bentley ][ Zachery Ty Bryan ][ Terry Kinney ]
Pilot (2005)
[ Chris O'Donnell ][ Adam Goldberg ][ Bruce Davison ][ Chi McBride ][ Arliss Howard ]
Chupacabra Terror (2005)
[ Giancarlo Esposito ][ David Millbern ]
La Femme Musketeer (2004)
[ Michael York ]
Dragon Storm (2004)
[ Maxwell Caulfield ]
12 Days of Terror (2004)
The Lost Angel (2004)
[ C. Thomas Howell ][ Judd Nelson ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (2004)
[ Ian McKellen ][ Christopher Lee ]
Catching Kringle (2004)
[ Danny DeVito ]
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
[ Anne Hathaway ][ Elvis Presley ][ Chris Pine ][ Avril Lavigne ][ Hector Elizondo ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
[ Orlando Bloom ][ Elijah Wood ][ Viggo Mortensen ][ Sean Bean ][ Ian McKellen ]
Lords of Everquest (2003)
[ Ron Perlman ][ Michael T Weiss ][ Michael T. Weiss ][ Dwight Schultz ][ Kevin Conroy ]
Coronado (2003)
[ Clayton Rohner ]
The Medallion (2003)
[ Jackie Chan ][ Avril Lavigne ][ Julian Sands ][ Aaron Carter ][ Lee Evans ]
Vlad (2003)
[ Billy Zane ][ Brad Dourif ][ Francesco Quinn ]
Helen of Troy (2003)
[ Stellan Skarsgård ][ Rufus Sewell ][ James Callis ][ Matthew Marsden ]
Freelancer (2003)
[ Christopher Lee ][ Michael T Weiss ][ Michael T. Weiss ][ Ian Ziering ][ Xander Berkeley ]
The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
[ Haley Joel Osment ][ John Goodman ][ Jim Cummings ][ Phil Collins ][ Jeff Bennett ]
Paradise Lost: Part 1 (2002)
[ Robert Englund ][ Jason Marsden ]
Endangered Species (2002)
[ Eric Roberts ][ Arnold Vosloo ][ Al Sapienza ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
[ Orlando Bloom ][ Elijah Wood ][ Viggo Mortensen ][ Sean Bean ][ Ian McKellen ]
Sabretooth (2002)
[ Josh Holloway ]
Scorcher (2002)
[ Rutger Hauer ][ Mark Dacascos ][ G.W. Bailey ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
[ Orlando Bloom ][ Elijah Wood ][ Viggo Mortensen ][ Sean Bean ][ Ian McKellen ]
Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate - Dark Alliance (2001)
[ Frank Welker ][ Jim Cummings ][ Dwight Schultz ][ Kevin Michael Richardson ][ Jeff Bennett ]
Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team (2001)
[ Anthony Brophy ]
The Cardinal's Design (2000)
[ Rene Auberjonois ]
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists (2000)
[ Brendan Fraser ][ Mark Hamill ][ Leonard Nimoy ]
Britannic (2000)
[ Ben Daniels ]
The Gold Cross (2000)
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III/Squirrel Jokes (2000)
[ Ernest Borgnine ]
Au Pair (1999)
[ Richard Riehle ][ Gregory Harrison ]
Secret of the Andes (1999)
Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol (1999)
The Protector (1998)
[ Ron Perlman ][ Clint Howard ][ Kane Hodder ][ Frank Zagarino ]
Dune 2000 (1998)
The Exodus: Part 2 (1997)
The Exodus: Part 1 (1997)
[ Roger Daltrey ]
Paradise Lost (1997)
Slide Like an Egyptian (1997)
Cats Don't Dance (1997)
[ Scott Bakula ][ Don Knotts ][ Rene Auberjonois ][ Frank Welker ][ George Kennedy ]
Scorpion: Part 1 (1997)
Bloodsport III (1997)
[ Pat Morita ]
Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh (1996)
[ Jim Cummings ][ Peter Cullen ][ John Fiedler ]
Glory Daze (1996)
[ Ben Affleck ][ Matt Damon ][ Matthew McConaughey ][ Brendan Fraser ][ Sam Rockwell ]
The Great White Hype (1996)
[ Samuel L. Jackson ][ Jamie Foxx ][ Jeff Goldblum ][ Damon Wayans ][ Cheech Marin ]
Marquis de Sade (1996)
Ripper (1996)
[ Christopher Walken ][ Paul Giamatti ][ Burgess Meredith ][ David Patrick Kelly ][ Ossie Davis ]
Echo of Blue (1996)
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1995)
[ Mark Hamill ][ Malcolm McDowell ][ Casper Van Dien ][ Mark Dacascos ][ Thomas F. Wilson ]
To Battle the Living Planet (1995)
[ Tony Jay ]
Blood of the Innocent (1995)
[ Rutger Hauer ][ Thomas Ian Griffith ]
Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye (1995)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995)
[ Robin Williams ][ Jerry Orbach ][ Frank Welker ][ Scott Weinger ][ Jim Cummings ]
Catherine the Great (1995)
[ Omar Sharif ][ Brian Blessed ][ Paul McGann ][ Mel Ferrer ][ Ian Richardson ]
A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994)
[ Frank Welker ]
Robot in the Family (1994)
[ Joe Pantoliano ]
The High Crusade (1994)
[ Roland Emmerich ]
Death and Taxes: Part 1 (1994)
[ David James Elliott ]
Bury My Heart at Starved Rock (1994)
[ David James Elliott ]
Apocalypse in Chicago (1994)
[ David James Elliott ]
Omerta (1994)
[ David James Elliott ]
Shadows of Darkness (1994)
[ Jim Cummings ]
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (1994)
[ Josh Lucas ][ Mark Hamill ][ Tim Curry ][ Malcolm McDowell ][ Thomas F. Wilson ]
Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness (1994)
[ Jim Cummings ][ Jeff Bennett ]
Sunset Grill (1993)
[ Danny Trejo ][ Peter Weller ][ Stacy Keach ][ Mike Vitar ]
Cyborg Cop (1993)
The Seventh Coin (1993)
[ Peter O'Toole ]
The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1993)
[ David Warner ][ Sasha Jenson ]
Ring of the Musketeers (1992)
[ David Hasselhoff ][ Cheech Marin ][ Alison Doody ][ Corbin Bernsen ][ Allen Payne ]
Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing (1992)
[ Raymond Burr ][ David Soul ][ Mark Moses ]
The Double 0 Kid (1992)
[ Seth Green ][ Corey Haim ][ Wallace Shawn ]
South Beach (1992)
[ Gary Busey ][ Peter Fonda ][ Robert Forster ][ Fred Williamson ]
Indiana Jones Adventures: The Ride (1992)
[ Corey Burton ]
Canvas (1992)
[ Gary Busey ]
The Lost World (1992)
[ Eric McCormack ][ David Warner ]
Kabuto (1992)
[ Christopher Lee ][ Toshirô Mifune ][ Kane Kosugi ]
Return to the Lost World (1992)
[ Eric McCormack ][ David Warner ]
Under Cover (1991)
[ Anthony John Denison ]
Secret Weapon (1990)
[ Brian Cox ][ Griffin Dunne ]
Tusks (1990)
[ Julian Glover ]
Rebel Storm (1990)
[ William Katt ][ Deep Roy ]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
[ Harrison Ford ][ Sean Connery ][ River Phoenix ][ George Lucas ][ John Williams ]
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)
[ Lou Ferrigno ][ Bill Bixby ]
Night of the Tarantula (1989)
Desperado: Badlands Justice (1989)
[ Steve Sherwin ]
The Gifted One (1989)
[ Brandon Call ][ G.W. Bailey ][ Gregg Henry ]
Goddess of Love (1988)
[ Philip Baker Hall ][ Sid Haig ][ David Naughton ]
J.B. as in Jailbird (1988)
[ Maxwell Caulfield ][ Michael Callan ]
Giovane Toscanini, Il (1988)
[ C. Thomas Howell ][ Franco Nero ]
Higher Ground (1988)
[ Martin Kove ]
Waxwork (1988)
[ David Warner ][ Kane Hodder ][ Eric Brown ]
The Little Match Girl (1987)
[ Keshia Knight Pulliam ][ William Daniels ][ Roger Daltrey ][ William B. Davis ]
Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (1987)
[ David Ogden Stiers ][ William Katt ][ Raymond Burr ][ Bill Macy ][ Vincent Baggetta ]
The Living Daylights (1987)
[ Timothy Dalton ][ Desmond Llewelyn ][ Joe Don Baker ][ Ian Fleming ][ Art Malik ]
Predator: The Concert (1987)
[ George Clooney ][ Charlie Sheen ]
Firewalker (1986)
[ Chuck Norris ][ Louis Gossett Jr. ][ Ian Abercrombie ][ Aaron Norris ]
In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986)
[ Timothy Bottoms ]
King Solomon's Mines (1985)
[ Richard Chamberlain ][ Herbert Lom ]
Kim (1984)
[ Peter O'Toole ][ Julian Glover ][ Bryan Brown ]
Nairobi Affair (1984)
[ Charlton Heston ][ John Savage ]
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984)
[ Sean Connery ][ Peter Cushing ][ Peter Firth ]
No Man's Land (1984)
Sahara (1983)
[ John Mills ]
Sadat (1983)
[ Jeffrey Tambor ][ Louis Gossett Jr. ]
Victor/Victoria (1982)
[ James Garner ][ Blake Edwards ][ Graham Stark ]
Ivanhoe (1982)
[ Sam Neill ][ James Mason ][ Julian Glover ][ Anthony Andrews ]
Best Revenge (1982)
[ Michael Ironside ][ John Heard ]
The Island of Adventure (1982)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
[ Harrison Ford ][ George Lucas ][ Alfred Molina ][ John Williams ][ Denholm Elliott ]
Peter and Paul (1981)
[ Anthony Hopkins ][ Edward Albert ][ Eddie Albert ][ Raymond Burr ][ Herbert Lom ]
Sphinx (1981)
[ Frank Langella ][ John Gielgud ]
The Merchant of Venice (1980)
[ John Nettles ][ Warren Mitchell ]
Shogun (1980)
[ Orson Welles ][ Richard Chamberlain ][ Toshirô Mifune ]
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979)
[ Alfred Molina ][ David Niven ][ Richard Jordan ][ Joss Ackland ]
Henry VIII (1979)
[ Julian Glover ]
The Nativity (1978)
The Naked Civil Servant (1975)
[ John Hurt ]
The Black Windmill (1974)
[ Michael Caine ][ Donald Pleasence ][ John Vernon ][ Joss Ackland ]
The Incredible Robert Baldick: Never Come Night (1972)
[ Robert Hardy ]


  • John Rhys-Davies spent up to 5 hours a day putting on makeup for the role of Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was discovered early on that he was allergic to the prosthetics, so he could only put them on and work about every third day. The first week, it burned off the skin under his eyes.
  • His son urged him to accept the role in "Lord of the Rings."
  • Keeps busy by developing a new hobby with each movie.
  • Lost the third knuckle of his left hand middle finger.
  • Ironically, he is actually taller than Lord of the Rings co-stars Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen, yet he plays the Dwarf.
  • 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, who in fact spent more film hours performing as Gimli the Dwarf.
  • Two of his television movies have been followed up with similarly themed theatrical films starring Eric Bana. He played The Kingpin in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk; the film Hulk starred Bana. He played King Priam in Helen of Troy; Eric Bana played Hector in Troy.
  • 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, Bloom played Paris, Priam's younger son.
  • April 2004 - Appeared as the special Lord of the Rings guest at the Armageddon Sci-Fi and Comics Convention in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • September 2004 - Attended the Armaggeddon Pulp Culture Expo Convention in Wellington, New Zealand as a Lord of the Rings guest
  • Every film he has made with 'Kiran Shah' has been nominated for Best Picture: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
  • Is one of four "Lord of the Rings" stars to star, pre-"Rings," with Harrison Ford. He starred with Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Ford starred with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) in Witness (1985), with Sean Bean (Boromir) in Patriot Games (1992), and with Miranda Otto (Eowyn) in _What Lies Beneath' (2000)_ .
  • Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, England, and is an Associate Member.
  • Although a double needed to be used to make Rhys-Davies look much smaller than his shorter co-stars Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom, 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.
  • Graduated from the University of East Anglia
  • Played the character of "Malone" in the TV Series "The Untouchables" (1993). The character was played by Sean Connery in the movie version The Untouchables (1987). Connery and Rhys-Davies acted together in between these two projects in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

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