John Rhys-Davies


John Rhys-Davies

Infobox Actor
name = John Rhys-Davies



caption = Rhys-Davies at a convention in 2003
birthdate = birth date and age|1944|5|5
birthplace = Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
occupation = actor, voice artist
yearsactive = 1964 - present
sagawards = Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 ""
awards = NBR Award for Best Cast
2003 ""

John Rhys-Davies (born May 5, 1944) is a British actor and vocal actor born in England. He is perhaps best known for his portrayals as the charismatic Arabian excavator Sallah in the "Indiana Jones" films and the dwarf Gimli in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, in which he also voiced the Ent Treebeard. He also portrayed Professor Maximillian Arturo in "Sliders", General Leonid Pushkin in the James Bond film "The Living Daylights" and provided of voices of Cassim in Disney's "Aladdin and the King of Thieves", Man Ray in "SpongeBob SquarePants", and Tobias in the computer game "Freelancer".

Early life

Rhys-Davies was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, the son of Welsh parents Mary Margaretta Phyllis Jones, a nurse, and Rhys Davies, a mechanical engineer [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/62/John-Rhys-Davies.html John Rhys-Davies Biography (1944-) ] ] [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800020883/bio John Rhys Davies Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] and colonial officer. [ [http://www.ntz.info/gen/n02072.html John Rhys-Davis ] ] He spent much of his childhood in his mother's home town of Ammanford, Wales although he was also raised in Africa. He was sent to Truro School in Cornwall. He was one of 87 students in the first intake of the University of East Anglia. [ [http://archive.southwalesguardian.co.uk/2003/4/30/11269.html Putting Ammanford on the map ] ] , where he founded the Dramatic Society. (1963–1966) After teaching at Watton County Secondary School in Norfolk he won a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (1967-1969.) In 1966 he married Suzanne A.D. Wilkinson, a translator. They have two sons, Ben and Tom. Has lived with Lisa Manning (ex-host from television show Good Morning (New Zealand show) since 2004. They have a daughter, Maia. Although he separated from his wife 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.

Career

Acting Career

Although appearing sporadically on U.K. television in the early 1970s (for instance, as gangster Laughing Spam Fritter opposite Adam Faith in "Budgie"), Rhys-Davies first gained widely spread fame for his performance as Praetorian officer Naevius Sutorius Macro in I, Claudius. He then began to appear more frequently, and not only in the U.K., with roles as a Portuguese captain Rodrigues in the 1980 television miniseries "Shogun", and in the "Indiana Jones" movies. He has since appeared in numerous television shows and miniseries, including a leading role in the television series "Sliders" as Professor Maximillian Arturo from 1995 to 1997. He also made several appearances on "" as a holodeck version of Leonardo da Vinci. He also starred as an ally of James Bond in "The Living Daylights" and appeared in the movie "One Night with the King". Davies has played the character Porthos in two separate projects; a two-part episode of the The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne and the Hallmark Channel movie La Femme Musketeer. He has also appeared in a number of Sci Fi Channel original movies.

"The Lord of the Rings" trilogy

He is also known for his popular portrayal of the dwarf Gimli in "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy. The filmography of that was complicated by the fact that Rhys-Davies is of unusually great height (6'1"), [ [http://www.mooviees.com/9421-John-Rhys-Davies/celebrity John Rhys-Davies celebrity ] ] whereas his character was supposed to be very short. Rhys-Davies is the only cast member who played a member of the Fellowship but did not receive a tattoo of the word "nine" written in the Tengwar script. The other members of the cast (Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, and Elijah Wood) got the same tattoo. Rhys-Davies' stunt double got the tattoo instead, because Rhys-Davies' allergy to the prosthetics only allowed him to work once about every three days while in them.

Voice work

In addition to voicing the Ent Treebeard in "Lord of the Rings", Rhys-Davies has also lent his distinctive deep, Welsh voice to many video games and animated television series, including playing the role of Hades in "Justice League" and numerous times in "Gargoyles", as the character Macbeth. He appears in the full motion video cut scenes of computer games including "Ripper" (as Vigo Haman) (1996), "Dune 2000" (as Noree Moneo) (1998), and the "Wing Commander" series (as James Paladin Taggart). He also lent his vocal talents to the games "Freelancer" and "Lords of Everquest" (both in 2003) and the game "Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness", which was released with his narration on a CD ROM version in 1995. In 2004, he was the unknowing subject of an internet prank that spread false rumours in several main-stream medial sources that he was scheduled to play the role of General Grievous in '. [ [http://www.thatchickensite.com/letters/grievous John Rhys-Davies in Star Wars Episode III: A Grievous Media Hoax] ] He also made a vocal role on ' as the character Jherek, and narrated a documentary called "The Glory of Macedonia".

Political views

He has never been a member of any political party. As a university student in the 1960s, he was a radical leftist, but he started to change his views when he went to heckle a young local member of parliament, Margaret Thatcher. Rhys-Davies says that "she shot down the first two hecklers in such brilliant fashion that I decided I ought for once to shut up and listen."

In 2004, in a magazine interview, Rhys-Davies compared the theme of "The Lord of the Rings" with the current situation of Western Europe, whose civilisation he described as being challenged by an increase of the Muslim population, stating::"There is a demographic catastrophe happening in Europe that nobody wants to talk about, that we daren’t bring up because we are so cagey about not offending people racially. And rightly we should be. But there is a cultural thing as well… By 2020, fifty percent of the children in Holland under the age of 18 will be of Muslim descent(sic)… And don’t forget, coupled with this there is this collapse of numbers. Western Europeans are not having any babies. The population of Germany at the end of the century is going to be 56% of what it is now. The populations of France, 52% of what it is now. The population of Italy is going to be down 7 million people.Lucy Ballinger, [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_method=full%26objectid=13830081%26siteid=50082-name_page.html Welsh star in race row] ]

His comments were endorsed by the British National Party.BNP, [http://www.bnp.org.uk/articles/gimli_battle.htm Gimli battles for the West] ] BNP, [http://www.bnp.org.uk/articles/stand_men.htm “Stand, men of the West”] ] Rhys-Davies commented that it was "distressing to find yourself on a BNP leaflet".

Yet, in an interview with the conservative National Review, he clarifies that he is opposed to Islamic extremism precisely because he feels that it violates European belief in equality, democracy, tolerance, and the abolition of slavery. [http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/leigh200403051052.asp No Sean Penn] ] "When I look at contemporary Islam, I see homophobia, forced conversion, genital mutilation, slavery, two million people being put to death in the Sudan because of their religion".

Filmography

* "The Naked Civil Servant" (1975)
* "I, Claudius" (1976)
* "The Nativity" (1978) (TV)
* "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (1979)
* "Shōgun" (1980)
* "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
* "Ivanhoe" (1982)
* "Victor/Victoria" (1982)
* "Sahara" (1983)
* "Sadat" (1983)
* "King Solomon's Mines" (1985)
* "The Living Daylights" (1987)
* "Waxwork" (1988)
* "Noble House" (1988)
* "War and Remembrance" (1988)
* "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989)
* "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk" (1989)
* "Great Expectations (1989)
* "The Lost World" (1992)
* "Return to the Lost World (1992)
* "Sunset Grill" (1993)
* "Cyborg Cop" (1993)
* "The Seventh Coin" (1993)
* "" (1993)
* "The Untouchables" (TV series, 1993-1994)
* "The High Crusade" (1994)
* "" (1994)
* "Sliders" (1995–1997)
* "" (1996)
* "The Great White Hype" (1996)
* "Glory Daze" (1996)
* "Aladdin and the King of Thieves" (1996) (voice)
* "Marquis de Sade" (1996)
* "Cats Don't Dance" (1997) (voice)
* "Bloodsport 3" (1997)
* "Secret Of The Andes" (1998)
* "Au Pair" (1999)
* "Britannic" (2000)
* "" (2001)
* "Sabretooth" (2002)
* "" (2002) (dual role)
* "Endangered Species" (2002)
* "Scorcher" (2002)
* "Coronado" (2003)
* "Freelancer" (2003) (voice)
* "The Jungle Book 2" (2003) (voice)
* "The Medallion" (2003)
* "" (2003) (dual role)
* "" (2004)
* "La Femme Musketeer" (2004)
* "The Privileged Planet" (2004) (voice of Narrator)
* "Dragon Storm" (2004 TV Movie)
* "The Game of Their Lives" (2005)
* "Chupacabra Terror"
**a.k.a. "Chupacabra: Dark Seas" (2005)
* "The King Maker" (2005)
* "One Night with the King" (2006)
* "The Legend of Sasquatch" (2006)
* "" (2007)
* "Prisoners of the Sun" (2007)
* "The Ferryman" (2007)
* "Catching Kringle" (Short Film; 2007) (voice)
* "" (2008)

Reference

The Lost Angel (2004)

External links

*imdb name|id=0722636|name=John Rhys-Davies
* [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_objectid=13830081%26method=full%26siteid=50082%26page=1%26headline=welsh%2dstar%2din%2drace%2drow-name_page.html Article about controversial statements] January 18, 2004
*Andrew Leigh, " [http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/leigh200403051052.asp No Sean Penn] ". "National Review". March 5, 2004.


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