05-05 Happy birthday to John Rhys-Davies, Born: May 5, 1944.
John Rhys-Davies is the highly versatile Welsh actor who played a hologram of Leonardo da Vinci.
Rhys-Davies is best known as Gimli the Dwarf in the Lord of the Rings movies (co-starring Brad Dourif and Karl Urban). He is also well known as Sallah from the first and third Indiana Jones films, General Leonid Pushkin from the James Bond film The Living Daylights, James “Paladin” Taggart in the games Wing Commander III and IV, and Professor Arturo in the TV series Sliders.
One of Rhys-Davies’ earliest television roles was as the Praetorian Guard officer Sertorius Macro in the miniseries I, Claudius, who conspires against and eventually replaces Patrick Stewart’s General Sejanus.
He also played the recurring role of King Macbeth of Scotland on Disney’s animated series Gargoyles.
He also appeared in the 2004 film The Princess Diaries II: Royal Engagement (as the uncle of the character played by Chris Pine), The Great White Hype (with Corbin Bernsen, Salli Elise Richardson, and Susan Gibney), and In the Name of the King, with Ron Perlman.
In 2006, he was one of the supporting actors in the biblical based film One Night with the King with Star Trek: Enterprise guest star Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Jr.. In 2009, he narrated Reclaiming the Blade, a documentary about Hollywood swordsmanship, with Karl Urban being interviewed for the film.
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