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John Rhys-Davies

Lowest Rated:   0% Firewalker (1986)
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Birthplace:   Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
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 Wales on May 5, 1944, Rhys-Davies grew up in England, 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 film

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet I Am Israel
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Camera Store
  • Pinky Steuben
2016
No Score Yet Peter - The Redemption
  • Executive Producer
  • Peter
2016
90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
  • Actor
$72.4k 2016
No Score Yet Winter Thaw
  • Martin Avdeitch
2016
No Score Yet Volcano Returns
  • Col. Carlo Dillard
2016
No Score Yet Saul: The Journey to Damascus
  • Executive Producer
  • Caiphas
2015
73% Time Lapse
  • Mr. Bezzerides
2015
25% Beyond The Mask
  • Charles Kemp
$1.3M 2015
57% Killing Jesus
  • Annas
2015
No Score Yet The Red Dress
  • Angelo
2015
No Score Yet Return to the Hiding Place
  • Eusi
2014
No Score Yet The Watchmaker's Apprentice
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Golden Shoes
  • Burt
2013
No Score Yet Concrete Blondes
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Concrete Blondes
  • Kostas Jakobatos
2013
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet 100 Degrees Below Zero
  • Ralph
2013
No Score Yet Prisoners Of The Sun
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Escape
  • Malcolm
2012
No Score Yet Kjb: The Book That Changed The World
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Sophie
  • Alistair Winston
2011
No Score Yet Ferocious Planet
  • Senator Crenshaw
2011
No Score Yet Tom And Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes
  • Dr. Watson
2010
No Score Yet The Precious One
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf
  • Elliot Carbon
2010
8% 31 North 62 East (Too Close to the Truth)
  • John Hammond
2009
No Score Yet Anacondas: Trail of Blood
  • Murdoch
2009
No Score Yet Reclaiming the Blade
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles
  • Sangimel
2008
No Score Yet Anaconda III
  • Murdoch
2008
No Score Yet Cyborg Soldier
  • Kessel
2008
No Score Yet Kiss Me Deadly
  • Yale
2008
No Score Yet Medium Raw
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Ferryman
  • The Greek
2007
4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
  • Merick
$4.5M 2006
19% One Night With the King
  • Mordecai
$13.4M 2006
No Score Yet Shark Bait
  • Thorton
2006
No Score Yet The Legend of Sasquatch
  • Ranger Steve
2006
No Score Yet Prophecies of the Passion
  • Actor
2005
43% Shadows in the Sun
  • Mr. Benton
2005
No Score Yet The King Maker
  • Phillippe
2005
No Score Yet The Lost Angel
  • Father Kevin
2005
26% Le match de leur vie
  • Bill Jeffrey
$0.4M 2005
No Score Yet Chupacabra Terror
  • Capt. Randolph
2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Endangered Species (Earth Alien)
  • Actor
2004
25% The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement
  • Viscount Mabrey
$95.2M 2004
No Score Yet Dragon Storm
  • King Fastrad
2004
No Score Yet Coronado
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Privileged Planet
  • Narrator
2004
No Score Yet 12 Days of Terror
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Dragonstorm
  • Actor
2004
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Gimli/Voice of Treebeard
$364.1M 2003
No Score Yet La Femme Musketeer
  • Actor
2003
18% The Medallion
  • Hammerstock-Smythe
$22M 2003
No Score Yet Coronado
  • Presidente Hugo Luis Ramos
2003
No Score Yet Helen of Troy
  • King Priam
2003
19% The Jungle Book 2
  • Mowgli's father
$47.9M 2003
No Score Yet The Search for the Real Mt. Sinai
  • Actor
2003
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • TreebeardGimli
$339.8M 2002
20% Sabretooth
  • Anthony Bricklin
2002
No Score Yet Scorcher
  • Sallin
2002
No Score Yet Endangered Species
  • Police Lt. Wyznowski
2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Gimli
$314.1M 2001
No Score Yet Secret of the Andes
  • Father Claver
2001
No Score Yet Catherine the Great
  • Pugachev
2000
No Score Yet Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists
  • King Akron
2000
No Score Yet Britannic
  • Captain Barrett
2000
No Score Yet Au Pair
  • Nigel Kent
1999
No Score Yet The Protector (Body Armor)
  • Rasheed
1997
No Score Yet Bloodsport III
  • Jacques Duvalier
1997
69% Cats Don't Dance
  • Woolie the Elephant
1997
No Score Yet High Crusade
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Marquis de Sade
  • Inpsector Marais
1996
No Score Yet Glory Daze
  • Luther
1996
45% The Great White Hype
  • Johnny Windsor
1996
No Score Yet Echo of Blue
  • Actor
1996
27% Aladdin and the King of Thieves
  • Cassim
1995
No Score Yet Beyond Forgiveness
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet A Flintstones Christmas Carol
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet The High Crusade
  • Bruder Parvus
1994
No Score Yet Robot In The Family
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Ring of the Musketeers
  • Maurice Treville
1994
No Score Yet Cyborg Cop
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet South Beach
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet The Seventh Coin
  • Galil
1993
No Score Yet Sunset Grill
  • Stockton
1993
No Score Yet Return to the Lost World
  • Challenger
1993
No Score Yet Canvas
  • Nick
1992
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing
  • Phillip Graff
1992
No Score Yet The Lost World
  • Prof. Challenger
1992
No Score Yet The Double 0 Kid
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet The Double O Kid
  • Rudi Von Kseenbaum
1992
No Score Yet The Unnamable II
  • Professor Warren
1992
No Score Yet Shogun Mayeda
  • El Zaidan
1991
No Score Yet Secret Weapon
  • Mossad Chief
1990
No Score Yet Rising Storm
  • Don Waldo
1990
No Score Yet The Gifted One
  • Carl Boardman
1989
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Sallah
1989
No Score Yet The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
  • Wilson Fisk
1989
No Score Yet Tusks
  • Screenwriter
  • Roger Singh
1989
No Score Yet Desperado: Badlands Justice
  • Marriott
1989
No Score Yet Goddess of Love
  • Zeus
1988
No Score Yet Higher Ground
  • Lt. Smight
1988
56% Waxwork
  • Anton Weber
1988
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam
  • Ed Tremaine
1987
70% The Living Daylights
  • Gen. Leonid Pushkin
1987
No Score Yet The Little Match Girl
  • Actor
1987
0% Firewalker
  • Corky
1986
No Score Yet In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro
  • Chris Tucker
1986
9% King Solomon's Mines
  • Dogati
1985
No Score Yet Best Revenge (Misdeal)
  • Mustapha
1984
No Score Yet Nairobi Affair
  • Simon
1984
No Score Yet Sword of the Valiant
  • Baron Fortinbras
1984
No Score Yet Sahara
  • Rasoul
1984
No Score Yet Kim
  • Babu
1984
No Score Yet Sadat
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Grizzly II: The Concert
  • Actor
1983
96% Victor Victoria
  • Andre Cassell
1982
No Score Yet Ivanhoe
  • Front de Boeuf
1982
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Sallah
1981
No Score Yet Peter and Paul
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Sphinx
  • Stephanos Markoulis
1981
No Score Yet Island of Adventure
  • Actor
1981
80% Shogun
  • Vasco Rodrigues
1980
No Score Yet The Merchant Of Venice
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (The Big Scam)
  • Solicitor
1979
No Score Yet The Nativity
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Naked Civil Servant
  • Barndoor
1975
No Score Yet The Black Windmill
  • Special Policeman
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
54% The Shannara Chronicles
2016
  • King Eventine
  • 2016
No Score Yet Metal Hurlant Chronicles
2012-2014
  • Holgarth
  • 2014
81% Once Upon a Time
2011
  • Grand Pabbie
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2014
No Score Yet Face Off
2011
  • Judge
  • 2013
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Legend of the Seeker
2008-2010
  • Horace
  • 2010
No Score Yet Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire
2009
  • Grimshank
  • 2009
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Lord Hades
  • Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
  • Voice
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci
  • 1997

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