An English-born Welsh actor and voice artist, Jonathan (John) Rhys-Davies is acclaimed for his role as an Arab excavator in the Indiana Jones films. Born on the May 5, 1944, he graduated from the University of East Anglia, where he founded the Dramatic Society. Though raised in Africa, he spent most of his childhood in Ammanford, Wales, his mother’s hometown. He went on to win a place in the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts in 1967-1969, and established his acting career in UK television. His performance as Praetorian Officer Macro in the BBC production I, Claudius earned him widespread popularity, and he appeared more frequently in numerous television shows and series.
Jonathan Rhys-Davies had the lead role in the television series Sliders as Professor Maximilian Arturo in 1995 – 1997. He also had several appearances as a holodeck version of Leonardo da Vinci in Star Trek: Voyager. In the James Bond movie, The Living Daylights, Rhys-Davies played an ally of James Bond. He was also in the movie One Night with the King as Mordecai. He is more popularly known for his portrayal of Gimli the dwarf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Though he had trouble with his height and the character’s, production continued, and the films became a success. In the same trilogy, he lent his voice to the character Ent Treebeard for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. He also played Viscount Mabrey in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. In addition, Jonathan Rhys-Davies’ voice can also be heard in a number of video games and animated television series, such as Hades in Justice League and ManRay in Spongebob Squarepants. He has also played the role of Macbeth in Gargoyles numerous times, and in video games like Ripper, Dune 2000, and the Wing Commander series.