What is John Rhys-Davies’ Net Worth?
John Rhys-Davies is a Welsh actor who has a net worth of $5 million. John Rhys-Davies is best known for his roles as Sallah in the “Indiana Jones” film franchise and as Gimli in the “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy. His other notable credits have included the films “The Living Daylights” and “Glory Daze” and the television series “Shōgun” and “Sliders.” Rhys-Davies has also lent his voice to numerous animated projects, including the television series “Gargoyles,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and “Justice League.”
Early Life and Education
John Rhys-Davies was born on May 5, 1944 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England to Welsh parents. His mother Phyllis worked as a nurse, while his father Rhys was a mechanical engineer and colonial officer. Due to the colonial position of his father, Rhys-Davies spent much of his childhood in Africa in the British territory of Tanganyika. He later moved with his family to Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales. For his education, Rhys-Davies went to the Truro School in Cornwall, England, and then to the University of East Anglia in Norwich. After working for a time as a secondary school teacher in Watton, Norfolk, Rhys-Davies attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Film Career, 1970s-1990s
In 1973, Rhys-Davies made his film debut with a small part in Jack Cardiff’s “Penny Gold.” He had further brief roles in the 70s films “The Black Windmill” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.” In 1981, Rhys-Davies had his film breakthrough playing Egyptian excavator Sallah in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster action-adventure film “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He later reprised this role in the film’s second sequel, 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Between the two films, Rhys-Davies appeared in “Best Revenge”; “Victor/Victoria”; “Sahara”; “Sword of the Valiant”; “King Solomon’s Mines”; “Firewalker”; “Waxwork”; and the James Bond film “The Living Daylights.”
In the early 90s, Rhys-Davies starred as Professor George Challenger in “The Lost World,” based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He reprised the role in the sequel, “Return to the Lost World.” Following this, Rhys-Davies appeared in such films as “Sunset Grill,” “Cyborg Cop,” “Robot in the Family,” “Blood of the Innocent,” “The Great White Hype,” and “Glory Daze.” His credits in the latter half of the 90s include “The Protector” and “Secret of the Andes.”
Film Career, 2000s and Beyond
In 2001, after appearing in the spoof film “Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team,” Rhys-Davies made his first appearance in one of his most acclaimed roles: dwarf Gimli in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He played Gimli in all three of the films, and shared the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the final installment, “The Return of the King.” During the early 00s, Rhys-Davies also appeared in such films as “Scorcher,” “Coronado,” “The Medallion,” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.” His subsequent credits included “The Game of Their Lives”; “The King Maker”; “One Night with the King”; “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale”; “The Ferryman”; and “31 North 62 East.”
Toward the beginning of the 2010s, Rhys-Davies starred in the direct-to-video biblical film “KJB: The Book That Changed the World.” After that, he appeared in “Prisoners of the Sun,” “Apocalypse Pompeii,” and another biblical film, “Saul: The Journey to Damascus.” In 2015, Rhys-Davies starred in the Christian historical film “Beyond the Mask.” His other credits have included “Camera Store,” “Valley of the Gods,” and “Prick’d.”
Rhys-Davies began his television career in the 70s appearing in episodes of British series such as “Fall of Eagles,” “The Sweeney,” “I, Claudius,” and “Warship,” among others. He also had a main role on “The Danedyke Mystery.” In 1980, Rhys-Davies had his most substantial television role yet, playing Vasco Rodrigues in the American historical drama miniseries “Shōgun,” based on the James Clavell novel. For his performance, he earned an Emmy Award nomination. Rhys-Davies went on to appear in a number of television films after this, including “Ivanhoe,” “The Little Match Girl,” “Kim,” “Goddess of Love,” and “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk.” He also had roles in two 1988 miniseries, “Noble House” and “War and Remembrance.”
Rhys-Davies had numerous major television roles in the 90s. His biggest was on the science-fiction fantasy series “Sliders,” playing Professor Maximillian Arturo. Rhys-Davies also played the main part of Agent Malone on the reboot of the crime drama series “The Untouchables.” Later in the decade, he appeared in episodes of “You Wish” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” In the beginning of the new millennium, Rhys-Davies played King Priam in the miniseries “Helen of Troy” and King Fastrad in the fantasy television film “Dragon Storm.” He was subsequently in the miniseries “Revelations” and the television films “Anaconda 3: Offspring,” “Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles,” “Kiss Me Deadly,” and “Anacondas: Trail of Blood.” Among his other notable credits, Rhys-Davies was in the television film “Killing Jesus” and the first season of the fantasy series “The Shannara Chronicles.”
In addition to his live-action appearances, Rhys-Davies has been prolific as a voice actor. On film, he has voiced characters in such animated titles as “Aladdin and the King of Thieves,” “The Jungle Book 2,” “The Prophet,” and “Mosley.” He also voiced Treebeard in the “Lord of the Rings” films, and voiced the Brine King in the superhero film “Aquaman.” Meanwhile, on television, Rhys-Davies has lent his voice to “The Legend of Prince Valiant”; “Gargoyles”; “Justice League”; “SpongeBob SquarePants”; “Once Upon a Time”; and “Wizards: Tales of Arcadia,” among other shows.
In late 1966, Rhys-Davies wed Suzanne Wilkinson. The couple had two children together before separating in 1985. However, they remained married until Wilkinson passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2010. Prior to that, in 2004, Rhys-Davies began a relationship with Lisa Manning, with whom he has a daughter. The two divide their time between residences in New Zealand and the Isle of Man.