For most of us, we first met John Rhys-Davies
as Sallah, the jovial Egyptian excavator in Raiders of the Lost Ark
. His booming voice and mellifluous rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan songs stole every scene he was in. Several decades later, a new generation would know him as Gimli, the dwarf warrior from Peter Jackson
's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Though he often speaks with a British baritone, the prolific actor has most often portrayed characters far from his native country of Wales.
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Rhys-Davies is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
and has had a career appearing in stage, television, and film for five decades. He's made a career playing sagacious sultans, Eastern European spies, turbaned terrorists, maniacal villains, and courageous heroes. He was well known in the UK for his