Mostly Credited As: John Rhys-Davies
Sometimes Credited As: John Rhys Davies
Birth Name: John Rhys-Davies
Date Of Birth: May 05, 1944 (Age 72)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Acclaimed English 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) (mini)_ and "Noble House" (1988) (mini), "Great Expectations" (1989) (mini), "War and Remembrance" (1989) 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.
Trivia In 2003, John & co. were nominated for the DVDX Award for Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD) for: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
In 2004, John & co. won the BFCA Award for Best Acting Ensemble for: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
John lost the third knuckle of his left hand middle finger in an accident several years ago.
In March 2004, John attended The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention in Gõteborg, Sweden.
John Rhys-Davies: I'd love to spend more time on the Isle of Man. I love the anonymity of putting on a boiler suit and going down to buy parts for the compressor. And Norman Wisdom's a neighbour; I salute him occasionally.
John graduated from the University of East Anglia.
John's son urged him to accept the role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
John is happily married to wife Deborah, and they have one child together.
While playing the role of Gimli in Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was discovered that John Rhys-Davies was allergic to the prosthetics. During the first week, it burned off the skin under his eyes. After that he put the prosthetics on every third day.
John did additional voice acting for the animated series Pirates of the Darkwater in season 2.
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