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Creator / John Rhys-Davies

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"Villains are a lot of fun. My villains have a lot of tongue-in-cheek. They are sometimes conscious of and a little bit gleeful of their villainy."

John Rhys-Davies (born 5 May 1944 in Salisbury, England) is a Welsh actor and voice actor best known for his roles as Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Maximillian Arturo in Sliders and Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His characters are often jolly, heavyset Boisterous Bruisers, or intimidating, hammy villains. He is also the voice of Cassim from Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Man Ray from Spongebob Squarepantsnote , Hades in Justice Leaguenote , Macbeth from Gargoyles, Thor in the 90s Marvel cartoons (Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk), and the voice of the narrator in the game Quest for Glory IV. Bizarrely, he has been the go-to veteran actor for super-cheesy, low-budget science fiction and horror films, especially Syfy original movies such as Anaconda 3 and Chupacabra. Before that, he was in the Indiana Jones ripoff 1985 version of King Solomon's Mines. In 2016, he played a major role as the king in the MTV fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles.


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  • Plays Great Ethnics: While he's often playing British characters, he was also cast as Egyptians and Turks in his career.

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"The Ring must be destroyed."

From the extended edition. Boromir argues in favor of wielding the One Ring against Sauron, but Aragorn retorts that "The One Ring answers to Sauron alone. It has no other master." After a brief argument between Aragon, Boromir, and Legolas, Elrond then explains that the Ring must be destroyed. Gimli promptly attempts to do just that with a swing of a battleaxe, and is sent flying and his weapon shattered by the Ring. Elrond helpfully explains that they have no way to destroy the ring other than to physically carry it back to Mount Doom and cast it into the fire from whence it came.

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