John Rhys-Davies
Biographical Information
Born May 5th, 1944
Ammanford, Wales
Productions Raiders of the Lost Ark as Sallah
Vocal Type Baritone-Bass

John Rhys-Davies is a Welsh actor.


Born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, he founded the Dramatic Society at the University of East Anglia and spent a short time as a teacher, before winning a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Rhys-Davies soon became a familiar face on British television due to his roles in I, Claudius and Shogun, before appearing in major blockbuster series James Bond as KGB General Leonid Pushkin, and heroic digger Sallah in Indiana Jones. In 2001 he appeared in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, playing both Gimli (as well as briefly his father Gloin) and voicing the ent Treebeard.

As well as playing Treebeard, Rhys-Davies has been a popular voice actor, for video games, audiobooks and in various narrative roles.


Rhys-Davies has only leant his rich baritone to one singing role, demonstrating his character's fondness for Gilbert and Sullivan in Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)Edit

  • I am the Monarch of the Sea (solo)
  • A British Tar (solo)

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