Fast Facts

  • After graduating from college, he spent a year teaching before he decided to pursue an acting career.
  • Made his big-screen debut in a small role as a policeman in the 1974 thriller The Black Windmill.
  • Spent two seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1970s.
  • Had an allergic reaction to the makeup he had to wear for his role as a dwarf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03).
  • Though he moved on to another relationship, he refused to divorce his wife, Suzanne A.D. Wilkinson, while she underwent a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. 
  • Has lent his voice to numerous animated series, including Animaniacs, Batman: The Animated Series and Pinky and the Brain, as well as many video games, such as Dune 2000, Risen and various Lord of the Rings games.
  • Collects vintage cars.

Awards

  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Lisa Manning — Significant Other
  • Maia — Daughter
  • Rhys Davies — Father
  • Tom Davies — Son
  • Mary Margaretta Phyllis Jones — Mother
  • Ben Davies — Son
  • Suzanne A.D. Wilkinson — Wife (deceased)
  • Violet Colley — Aunt

College

  • University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (BA in English and History, 1966); Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1969)

Details

  • Birth Place: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Birthday: May 5, 1944, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter
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