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John Rhys-Davies


Acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, to Mary Margaretta Phyllis (Jones), a nurse, and Rhys Davies, a mechanical engineer and Colonial Officer. He 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 (... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Lantern City (TV Series) (announced)
Desmond Wilhorn (2014)
 2015 Killing Jesus (TV Series) (filming)
Annas
 2014 Once Upon a Time (TV Series)
Narrator / Pabbie
- Storybrooke Has Frozen Over (2014) ... Narrator (voice)
- A Tale of Two Sisters (2014) ... Pabbie (voice)
 2014 Once Upon a Time: Storybrooke Has Frozen Over (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 2014 Metal Hurlant Chronicles (TV Series)
Holgarth
- Loyal Khondor (2014) ... Holgarth
 2014 Under Milk Wood (TV Movie) (voice)
 2014 Hieroglyph (TV Movie)
Vocifer
 2012 Missing Christmas (TV Movie)
Narrator / Santa
 2012 Psych (TV Series)
Curator
 2010 Three Wise Women (TV Movie)
Green (as John Rhys Davies in closing credits)
 2010 Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf (TV Movie)
Elliot Carbon
 2010 Legend of the Seeker (TV Series)
Horace
- Vengeance (2010) ... Horace
 2008 Fire & Ice (TV Movie)
Sangimel
 2008 Anaconda: The Offspring (TV Movie)
Murdoch
 2008 Kiss Me Deadly (TV Movie)
Yale Ericson (as John Rhys Davies)
 2007 Takezo Kensei: Sword Saint (TV Series short)
Narrator
- Chapter 4 Part I: Kensei and the Dragon (2007) ... Narrator (voice)
- Chapter 4 Part 2: Kensei and the Dragon (2007) ... Narrator (voice)
- Chapter 3: The Trial of the Hidden Fortress (2007) ... Narrator (voice)
- Chapter 2: The Trial of the Fire Scroll (2007) ... Narrator (voice)
- Chapter 1: The Battle of 12 Swords (2007) ... Narrator (voice)
 2006 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (TV Series)
Comandor
- Demon of the Deep (2006) ... Comandor (voice)
 2005 12 Days of Terror (TV Movie)
Captain
 2004 The Lady Musketeer (TV Movie)
Porthos
 2004 Dragon Storm (TV Movie)
King Fastrad
 2003 Helen of Troy (TV Movie)
King Priam of Troy
 2002 Fillmore! (TV Series)
Lenny
- Ingrid Third, Public Enemy #1 (2002) ... Lenny (voice)
 2002 Sabretooth (TV Movie)
Anthony Bricklin
 2002 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Davey Owen Jones
- All That Glitters (2002) ... Davey Owen Jones
 2002 House of Mouse (TV Series)
Oberon
- House of Scrooge (2002) ... Oberon (voice)
 2002 The Zeta Project (TV Series)
Edgar Mandragora
- Ro's Gift (2002) ... Edgar Mandragora (voice)
 2002 Peak Practice (TV Series)
Mike King
- Episode #12.13 (2002) ... Mike King
 2002 Justice League (TV Series)
Lord Hades
- Paradise Lost: Part II (2002) ... Lord Hades (voice)
- Paradise Lost (2002) ... Lord Hades (voice)
 2000 Britannic (TV Movie)
Captain Barrett (as John Rhys Davies)
 1999 Mickey Mouse Works (TV Series)
Oberon
- Episode #2.3 (1999) ... Oberon (voice)
 1999 Au Pair (TV Movie)
Nigel Kent
 1998 Pinky and the Brain (TV Series)
Narrator
- Brainie the Poo/Melancholy Brain (1998) ... Narrator (voice)
 1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Head Judge / Zivdo
- Laugh, Krumm, Laugh/Rookie Monsters (1997) ... Head Judge / Zivdo (voice)
 1997 Star Trek: Voyager (TV Series)
Leonardo da Vinci
- Concerning Flight (1997) ... Leonardo da Vinci (as John Rhys Davies)
 1997 Freakazoid! (TV Series)
Professor Beasthead
- Freak a Panel (1997) ... Professor Beasthead (voice)
 1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (TV Series)
Asgarth
- Overthrown (1996) ... Asgarth (voice)
 1996 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Thor
- Mortal Bounds (1996) ... Thor (voice)
 1996 Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1996 Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles (TV Series)
MacBeth
- The Journey (1996) ... MacBeth (voice)
 1996 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
The Sultan of Dendron
- The Road to Dendron (1996) ... The Sultan of Dendron (voice)
 1996 Catherine the Great (TV Movie)
Pugachev
 1995-1996 Gargoyles (TV Series)
Macbeth / Arthur Morwood-Smyth / Demona's Second / ...
- Sentinel (1996) ... Arthur Morwood-Smyth (voice)
- Pendragon (1996) ... Macbeth (voice)
- Sanctuary (1995) ... Macbeth (voice)
- Avalon: Part 3 (1995) ... Macbeth (voice)
- The Price (1995) ... Macbeth (voice)
 1995 Fantastic Four (TV Series)
Thor
- When Calls Galactus (1995) ... Thor (voice, as John Rhys-Davis)
- To Battle the Living Planet (1995) ... Thor (voice)
 1994 A Flintstones Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Charles Brickens (voice, as John Rhys Davies)
 1994 A Mind to Kill (TV Series)
Roderick Tate
- Black Silence (1994) ... Roderick Tate
 1988-1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Harry Mordecai / Harry Waverly / Lancaster
- Dear Deadly (1994) ... Harry Mordecai
- Night of the Tarantula (1989) ... Harry Waverly
- J.B.. as in Jailbird (1988) ... Lancaster (as John Rhys Davies)
 1993-1994 The Legend of Prince Valiant (TV Series)
King Hugo / King Donovan
- A New Dawn (1994) ... King Hugo (voice)
- A Light in the Dark (1993) ... King Hugo (voice, credit only)
- The Voyage ... King Hugo (voice)
- The Rescue ... King Hugo (voice)
 1993 Animaniacs (TV Series)
Tympannini
- Piano Rag/When Rita Met Runt (1993) ... Tympannini (voice)
 1992-1993 The Pirates of Dark Water (TV Series)
- The Living Treasure (1993) ... (voice)
- The Soul Stealer (1993) ... (voice)
- Sister of the Sword (1993) ... (voice)
- The Pandawa Plague (1993) ... (voice)
- The Game Players of Undaar (1992) ... (voice)
 1993 The Magic Paintbrush (TV Movie)
Zagal (voice)
 1992 Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing (TV Movie)
Phillip Graff
 1991 Before the Storm (TV Movie)
Flynn
 1991 Under Cover (TV Movie)
Flynn
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Duval
- Dead Wait (1991) ... Duval
 1991 I misteri della giungla nera (TV Mini-Series)
O'Connor
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... O'Connor
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... O'Connor
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... O'Connor
 1991 Under Cover (TV Series)
Flynn
- Sacrifices (1991) ... Flynn
 1991 The Strauss Dynasty (TV Mini-Series)
Gribov
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Gribov
 1990 Secret Weapon (TV Movie)
Mossad Chief
 1989 Desperado: Badlands Justice (TV Movie)
Richard Marriott
 1989 The Gifted One (TV Movie)
Carl Boardman
 1989 The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (TV Movie)
Wilson Fisk (as John Rhys Davies)
 1988 War and Remembrance (TV Mini-Series)
Sammy Mutterperl
- Part 7 (1988) ... Sammy Mutterperl
- Part 6 (1988) ... Sammy Mutterperl (credit only)
- Part 5 (1988) ... Sammy Mutterperl
- Part 4 (1988) ... Sammy Mutterperl (credit only)
- Part 3 (1988) ... Sammy Mutterperl (credit only)
 1988 Goddess of Love (TV Movie)
Zeus
 1988 Higher Ground (TV Movie)
Lt. Smight
 1988 Noble House (TV Mini-Series)
Quillan Gornt
- Part IV (1988) ... Quillan Gornt
- Part III (1988) ... Quillan Gornt
- Part II (1988) ... Quillan Gornt
- Part I (1988) ... Quillan Gornt
 1987 The Little Match Girl (TV Movie)
Police Chief Murphy
 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam (TV Movie)
Edward Tremaine
 1984 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Lord Ralph Bromfield
- Affair at Bromfield Hall (1984) ... Lord Ralph Bromfield
 1984 Nairobi Affair (TV Movie)
Simon
 1984 No Man's Land (TV Movie)
Grimshaw
 1984 Kim (TV Movie)
Babu
 1984 Robin Hood (TV Series)
King Richard
 1984 Crown Court (TV Series)
Deakins
- Whisper Who Dares: Part 1 (1984) ... Deakins
 1983 Sadat (TV Movie)
Gamal Abdel Nasser
 1983 Reilly: Ace of Spies (TV Mini-Series)
Tanyatos
- An Affair with a Married Woman (1983) ... Tanyatos
 1982 CHiPs (TV Series)
Nakura
- Force Seven (1982) ... Nakura (as John Rhys Davies)
 1982 Ivanhoe (TV Movie)
Front-de-Boeuf
 1981 Peter and Paul (TV Movie)
Silas
 1980 The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie)
Salerio
 1980 Shogun (TV Movie)
Vasco Rodrigues
 1980 Shogun (TV Mini-Series)
Vasco Rodrigues
 1980 Fox (TV Series)
Warleigh
- Just Another Villain in a Cheap Suit (1980) ... Warleigh
- Fox: Big 'F' - Family (1980) ... Warleigh
 1980 Enemy at the Door (TV Series)
George Trenett
- Committee Man (1980) ... George Trenett
 1979 The Danedyke Mystery (TV Series)
Armchair
- Episode #1.5 (1979) ... Armchair
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Armchair
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Armchair
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Armchair
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Armchair
 1978 The Nativity (TV Movie)
Nestor
 1978 Target (TV Series)
Hecht
- Fringe Banking (1978) ... Hecht
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Guy de Maupassant
- Fearless Frank (1978) ... Guy de Maupassant
 1978 Z Cars (TV Series)
Terry Larkin
- Fat Freddie B.A. (1978) ... Terry Larkin
 1978 Hazell (TV Series)
Graves
- Hazell Settles the Accounts (1978) ... Graves
 1977 1990 (TV Series)
Ivor Griffith
- Health Farm (1977) ... Ivor Griffith
 1977 Just William (TV Series)
Authority
- William and the Wonderful Present (1977) ... Authority
 1976 I, Claudius (TV Series)
Macro
- Zeus, by Jove! (1976) ... Macro
- Reign of Terror (1976) ... Macro
 1976 Beasts (TV Series)
Peter Newell
- During Barty's Party (1976) ... Peter Newell
 1976 Hunter's Walk (TV Series)
Roger Jenkins
- Intent (1976) ... Roger Jenkins
 1976 Warship (TV Series)
CPO Cook Mantell
- Heart of Oak (1976) ... CPO Cook Mantell
 1975 The Naked Civil Servant (TV Movie)
Barndoor
 1975 Quiller (TV Series)
Leindorf
- Thundersky (1975) ... Leindorf
 1975 Within These Walls (TV Series)
Inspector Jay
- Getting Out (1975) ... Inspector Jay
 1975 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Ron Brett
- Poppy (1975) ... Ron Brett
 1974 Fall of Eagles (TV Mini-Series)
Zinoviev
- The Secret War (1974) ... Zinoviev
 1974 Zodiac (TV Series)
Aikman
- Death of a Crab (1974) ... Aikman
 1974 Sporting Scenes (TV Series)
Bryn
- Up and Under (1974) ... Bryn
 1974 The Adventures of Black Beauty (TV Series)
Alfred Kidney
- Where's Jonah? (1974) ... Alfred Kidney
 1973 Once Upon a Time (TV Series)
Danton
- Buttons (1973) ... Danton
 1973 New Scotland Yard (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Hill
- Property, Dogs and Women (1973) ... Det. Sgt. Hill
 1972 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Dunlop
- Trial and Error (1972) ... Dunlop
 1972 The Incredible Robert Baldick: Never Come Night (TV Movie)
Caleb Selling
 1971-1972 Budgie (TV Series)
Laughing Spam Fritter
- Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run, Run, Run (1972) ... Laughing Spam Fritter
- Brief Encounter (1972) ... Laughing Spam Fritter
- The Man Outside (1972) ... Laughing Spam Fritter
- King for a Day (1972) ... Laughing Spam Fritter
- Our Story So Far... (1972) ... Laughing Spam Fritter
 1971 The Guardians (TV Series)
First Guardian
- This Is Quarmby (1971) ... First Guardian
 1970 Kapitän Harmsen (TV Series)
Bill
- Besuch aus England (1970) ... Bill
 1964 Crossroads (TV Series)
Gareth
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Other Works:

Narrated the documentary "The Making of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" for the Special Edition DVD. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Rhys Davies | Jonathan Rhys-Davies | John Rhys-Davis | John Rhys Davies in closing credits

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Trivia:

Bears a resemblance to Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti. This has been poked fun at in several of his projects including The Great White Hype and Sliders. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctive sounding voice

Star Sign:

Taurus

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