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John Rhys-Davies' 10 Best Roles

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
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