Photo of John Rhys-Davies John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies was born May 5, 1944, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. Raised in England, Wales and Africa, he is a graduate of the University of East Anglia and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

A character actor with a long background on the stage, television and big screen, Rhys-Davies was first noticed by American audiences in the miniseries "I, Claudius" (1976) and "Shogun" (1980). After playing Sallah in the blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Rhys-Davies became a welcome presence in Hollywood movies. He repeated the role in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, then gained a TV following as Professor Arturo in the cult series "Sliders" (1995-97).

Although he was actually taller than his fellow lead actors, camera tricks made Rhys-Davies appear smaller in his role as the dwarf warrior Gimli in the phenomenally successful Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03).

John Rhys-Davies in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002 PG-13

Frodo and Sam trek to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the members of the Fellowship at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.

  • John Rhys-Davies in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • John Rhys-Davies in Raiders of the Lost Ark Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • John Rhys-Davies in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • John Rhys-Davies in Beyond the Mask Beyond the Mask
  • John Rhys-Davies in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Jungle Book 2 The Jungle Book 2
  • John Rhys-Davies in Time Lapse Time Lapse
  • John Rhys-Davies in In the Name of the King In the Name of the King
  • John Rhys-Davies in LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed.
  • John Rhys-Davies in LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed. LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed.
  • John Rhys-Davies in Killing Jesus Killing Jesus
  • John Rhys-Davies in One Night with the King One Night with the King
  • John Rhys-Davies in LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed. LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed.
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Book That Changed The World The Book That Changed The World
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Living Daylights The Living Daylights
  • John Rhys-Davies in Return to the Lost World Return to the Lost World
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Medallion The Medallion
  • John Rhys-Davies in Ivanhoe Ivanhoe
  • John Rhys-Davies in King Solomon's Mines King Solomon's Mines
  • John Rhys-Davies in Waxwork / Waxwork II Waxwork / Waxwork II
  • John Rhys-Davies in War and Remembrance War and Remembrance
  • John Rhys-Davies in Cats Don't Dance Cats Don't Dance
  • John Rhys-Davies in Shadows in the Sun Shadows in the Sun
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Naked Civil Servant The Naked Civil Servant
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Merchant of Venice - BBC The Merchant of Venice - BBC
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Lost World The Lost World
  • John Rhys-Davies in Sliders Sliders
  • John Rhys-Davies in Anaconda 3: The Offspring Anaconda 3: The Offspring
  • John Rhys-Davies in SpongeBob SquarePants: Truth or Square SpongeBob SquarePants: Truth or Square
  • John Rhys-Davies in Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes
  • John Rhys-Davies in Escape Escape
  • John Rhys-Davies in Fall of Eagles Fall of Eagles
  • John Rhys-Davies in I, Claudius I, Claudius
  • John Rhys-Davies in Shogun Shogun
  • John Rhys-Davies in Reilly: Ace of Spies Reilly: Ace of Spies
  • John Rhys-Davies in Goddess of Love Goddess of Love
  • John Rhys-Davies in Tusks Tusks
  • John Rhys-Davies in Higher Ground Higher Ground
  • John Rhys-Davies in Sunset Grill Sunset Grill
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Unnamable II The Unnamable II
  • John Rhys-Davies in Secret of the Andes Secret of the Andes
  • John Rhys-Davies in SpongeBob SquarePants: Tide and Seek SpongeBob SquarePants: Tide and Seek
  • John Rhys-Davies in Justice League: Paradise Lost Justice League: Paradise Lost
  • John Rhys-Davies in Helen of Troy Helen of Troy
  • John Rhys-Davies in La Femme Musketeer La Femme Musketeer
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Privileged Planet The Privileged Planet
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Lost Angel The Lost Angel
  • John Rhys-Davies in Dragon Storm Dragon Storm
  • John Rhys-Davies in Ringers: Lord of the Fans Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • John Rhys-Davies in Prophecies of the Passion Prophecies of the Passion
  • John Rhys-Davies in Revelations Revelations
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Miracle Match The Miracle Match
  • John Rhys-Davies in Chupacabra Terror Chupacabra Terror
  • John Rhys-Davies in The King Maker The King Maker
  • John Rhys-Davies in Spongebob Squarepants: Friend or Foe Spongebob Squarepants: Friend or Foe
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Reef The Reef
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Legend of Sasquatch The Legend of Sasquatch
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Ferryman The Ferryman
  • John Rhys-Davies in SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love a Patty SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love a Patty
  • John Rhys-Davies in Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles
  • John Rhys-Davies in Kiss Me Deadly: A Jacob Keane Assignment Kiss Me Deadly: A Jacob Keane Assignment
  • John Rhys-Davies in Reclaiming the Blade Reclaiming the Blade
  • John Rhys-Davies in Anacondas: Trail of Blood Anacondas: Trail of Blood
  • John Rhys-Davies in To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants
  • John Rhys-Davies in 31 North 62 East 31 North 62 East
  • John Rhys-Davies in SpongeBob: Viking-Sized Adventure SpongeBob: Viking-Sized Adventure
  • John Rhys-Davies in SpongeBob: SpongeBob's Last Stand SpongeBob: SpongeBob's Last Stand
  • John Rhys-Davies in Medium Raw Medium Raw
  • John Rhys-Davies in Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map
  • John Rhys-Davies in 100 Below Zero 100 Below Zero
  • John Rhys-Davies in The Shannara Chronicles The Shannara Chronicles