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.
Notable film credits:
- Indiana Jones: Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir
- The Living Daylights (1987) - General Leonid Pushkin
- Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) - Cassim (voice)
- Cats Don't Dance (1997) - Woolie (voice)
- The Lord of the Rings - Gimli
- The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2003) - Viscount Mabrey
Notable television credits:
- Batman: The Animated Series (1992) - 'Baron' Waclaw Jozek, "The Cape And Cowl Conspiracy" (voice)
- Sliders (1995-1997) - Professor Maximillian Arturo
- Gargoyles (1995-1996) - Macbeth
- Star Trek: Voyager (1997) - Leonardo da Vinci
- Plays Great Ethnics: While he's often playing British characters, he was also cast as Egyptians and Turks in his career.