John Rhys-Davies

  • Birth Place: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter
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  • 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.


  • 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
  • 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


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


  • University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (BA in English and History, 1966); Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1969)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
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