John Ridgely was born on 6 September 1909 In Chicago, Illinois, USA. His birth name was John Huntington Rea. He was an American film actor who had done 175 films in his lifetime. Ridgely graduated from Stanford University before getting into movies. He had planned to enter the industry as his career goal. After performing in plays with the Pasadena Playhouse, Ridgely entered films in the 1930s. His wife was Virginia Robinson and had a son John Ridgley Rea with her.

He started his film career with "Streamline Express" released in 1935 and was always passionate about his work. During the span of 1930-1940, he appeared in about 100 films with Warner Brothers and proved his excellence. His tall and dark hair personality pleased the audience and elevated his fan following. "Submarine D-1" was his first film with the Warner Bros. released in 1937. He was believed to be one of the most versatile supporting artists, playing varied roles such as policeman, military officers, best friend, neighbor, doctor, truck driver, cab driver, reporter, and clerk.

He began his career with junior roles in movies like "White Banners", "Going Places”, “He Couldn't Say No" and "My Bill" in 1938. "King of the Underworld”, “They Made Me a Criminal”, “Secret Service of the Air" and "Dark Victory" in 1939, "They Died with Their Boots On" in 1941 and "The Man Who Came to Dinner" in 1942. Though he didn't play the lead role in his initial days, he was still an important and magic maker in the movies. He got his breakthrough as the lead in 1943 with movies like "Air Force" and "Destination Tokyo". He received top income for playing the commanding officer in Howard Hawk's "Air Force” along with John Garfield, it is based on World War II.

Film critic Bosley Crowther called him as "refreshingly direct performer" in the New York Times film review on 4 February 1943. According to an article in February 1944, he almost faced an accident because of surprise on seeing an old woman driving a 1903 Baker Electric. Later in 1945, he acted along with John Garfield and Elena Parker as their neighbor and friend in "Pride of the Marines". In 1946, he played an intense and sensitive role of Eddie Mars, a heart patient in Bogart-directed "The Big Sleep". He even threw a party for celebrating his 19th anniversary in the film industry on 26 May 1951.

After his contract with Warner Bros. expired, he worked with other studios and did many television and stage appearances till his death in 1968. His television credits Include "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok", "Dangerous Assignment", "Schlitz Playhouse", "Rebound" and "Your Favorite Story". He left movies after his last movie "Off Limits" in 1953 and began working in theatre productions and televisions until his death.

According to a newspaper, Ridgely took few kids for a car ride when they insisted upon knowing that he was an actor. He breathed his last on 18th January 1968 at the age of 58, because of a heart ailment in Los Angeles, California. His burial ground is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, LA County, USA.

John Rhys-Davies English Actor

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies was born on 5 May 1944 in Ammanford Wales, UK. He is a well-known Welsh actor. His mother, Mary Margareta Phyllis was a nurse and father, Rhys Davies was a mechanical engineer and Colonial Officer. He was married to Suzanne A. D. Wilkinson, a translator in December 1966, but separated in the 1980s. He didn't divorce her, but later she died suffering from Alzheimer's in August 2010. John was very close to her during her last days. They have two sons, Tom, and Ben. Since 2004, he is living with Lisa Manning and has a daughter named Maia. He completed his graduation from the University of East Anglia. Rhys-Davies was brought up in England as well as in Africa. This inhibited in him the passion for literature, acting and writing. He later expertise his skills at Royal Academic of Dramatic Arts and is an Associate Member. He rose to fame by delivering excellent acting in the movies "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for playing Sallah, an Egyptian in 1981 and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" in 1989. He says that he still meet youngsters who claim to study Archaeology after seeing his movie. John has played leads in the "King Solomon's Mines" in 1985, "The Living Daylights" in 1987 and "Victor/Victoria" in 1982. He was a sensation of new-generation amongst the teenagers through the movie series of "The Lord of the Rings”: Fellowship of Ring in 2001, The Two Towers in 2002 and The Return of the King in 2003. He earned appreciation for the dwarf "Gimli" In the series. While getting ready for the role of "Gimli", he spent 5 hours per day putting makeup. He was allergic to the heavy makeup, and it would burn the skin under his eyes. He played a dwarf even though he was the tallest among all the co-stars: Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, and Ian. A gel finger was glued to his finger as he lost the tip of his middle finger of the left hand while changing a van engine. He used to play many pranks on his co-stars and was known to be very jolly and humorous on the sets. The cast of the series won many awards for the Best Ensemble Cast, which depicted their bravery and perseverance. All his co-stars of the series, except Rhys-Davies, got inked as a memento of the movie experience. He sent his body double - Brett Beattie, a martial artist who performed the majority of the Gimli sequences. A body double was used to make John look much shorter since Gimli's character was supposed to be around 4 feet, but John was 6' 1.” He even lost seventy pounds from all the hustle and bustle during the shoots. Not only in movies, but he also excelled in television. Some of his great TV works include "Shogun" in 1980, "Noble House" and "War and Remembrance" in 1988, "Great Expectations" in 1989, War and "Archaeology" in 1991. He was the narrator in “Sword Saint”, which depicts the legends of Takezo Kensei. In the movie “Star Trek”, he appeared as Leonardo da Vinci’s hologram. Rhys-Davies loves collecting vintage automobiles. He has his own property in New Zealand and lives there. He also says that he loves spending most of his time on the Isle of Man. He also played theatrical roles in "The Misanthrope", "Hedda Gabler" and several Shakespeare's works. John Rhys-Davies has a good deep voice and has given voice to many television, video games, animations, and films. He voiced for computer-animated character Treebeard in Lord of the Rings. He is a supporter of the British Conservative Party. He attended the Armageddon Sci-Fi and Comics Convention in Auckland, NZ in April 2004 as the Lord of Rings guest. His four movies made with Kiran Shah: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"," The Fellowship of the Ring", “The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King" were nominated for the Best Picture Oscars, while only the latter one won the Oscar. He was recently in headlines for rendering his voice against Islamic extremism stating that they pose a threat to "Western society values" of democracy and equality and the true teachings of Islam. He knew that making such anti-Muslim remarks could end his career. He is firmly against the racial discrimination and supports racial equality. Immediately after this the Islamic leaders in Wales demanded an apology from John Rhys-Davies. Movies like "Golden Shoes", "Beyond the Mask" and the television series "The Shannara Chronicles" were in his bucket-list in 2015. Till 2015, he has delivered his best performances and talents through various characters in about 239 projects.