Not much is to be found about him. But he was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, on May 5, 1944.

He's probably best know for his role as Shalla in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Below is a list of all the movies and television shows in which he has appeared, though mid 2000.


  • Secret of the Andes
  • Cats Don't Dance (voice)
  • The Protector
  • Glory Daze
  • The Great White Hype
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves (voice)
  • Bloodsport 3
  • Marquis de Sade
  • The High Crusade
  • Blood of the Innocent
  • Cyborg Cop
  • Ring of the Musketeers
  • The Double 0 Kid
  • Sunset Grill
  • Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter
  • Canvas
  • Journey of Honor
  • The Lost World
  • Night Caller
  • Return to the Lost World
  • The Seventh Coin
  • Rebel Storm
  • Tusks
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Il Giovane Toscanini
  • Waxwork
  • The Living Daylights
  • In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro
  • Firewalker
  • King Solomon's Mines
  • Sahara
  • Sadat
  • Victor/Victoria
  • Best Revenge
  • Sword of the Valiant
  • Sphinx
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
  • The Naked Civil Servant


  • Budgie
  • The Nativity
  • I, Claudius
  • Peter and Paul
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Shogun
  • Ivanhoe
  • The Quest
  • Reilly: The Ace of Spies
  • Kim
  • Nairobi Affair
  • No Man's Land
  • The Little Match Girl
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam
  • The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
  • Great Expectations
  • War and Remembrance
  • Goddess of Love
  • Higher Ground
  • Noble House
  • Desperado: Badlands Justice
  • The Gifted One
  • Under Cover
  • The Strauss Dynasty
  • Secret Weapon
  • I Misteri della giungla nera
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing
  • The Untouchables
  • Black Silence
  • Gargoyles (voice)
  • Sliders
  • Katharina die Grose
  • The Fantastic Four (voice)
  • You Wish
  • Britannic

He will also star as Gimli in the upcoming movie version of Lord of the Rings.

Welsh-born, Rhys-Davies is an avid collector of vintage cars. In addition to the big- and small-screen roles mentioned above, he has performed onstage in most of Shakespeare's works and Hedda Gabler among other roles. His makeup for the role of Gimli took five hours to apply, and he was allergic to the prosthetics and could only work in costume every third day. Before the allergy was realized, the skin under his eyes was burned off by the pieces. Rhys-Davies divides his time between Los Angeles and the Isle of Man.


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