John Rhys-Davies

  1. Maurice Colbourne, Doctor Who #133: Resurrection Of The Daleks, TV, 1984.        Producer John Nathan-Turner wanted a name for Commander Lytton… like Meg Bennett, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Cope, Timothy Dalton   (the future Lord President in #202: The End of Time, 2000), Leslie Grantham (not yet Dirty Den in EastEnders), Alfred Lynch, Clive Merrison (BBC Radio’s Sherlock Holmes), Terry Molloy (aka Davros), John Rhys-Davies, Maurice Roëves. Plus several of the army of 184 candidates for just 16 roles in Lifeforce that year: Nicholas Ball, Steven Berkoff, Tom Chadbon, Paul Darrow, Michael Gothard, Don Henderson, Del Henney (he became Colonel Archer), Martin Jarvis, Michael Jayston, Edward Peel, George Sewell, Patrick Stewart, Anthony Valentine and David Warner. All 25 up for one role in a Doctor Who… Preposterous! JHD never entered the Whoverse. Well, no wonder. He was knocking 244 screen roles during 1964-2016, including being the only actor to star in the James Bond, Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings franchises.
  2. Bruce Boxleityer, Babylon 5, TV, 1994-1998. The burly Brit was considered for 2258 space commander, Captain John Sheridan. So were: Barry Bostwick, James Earl Jones, A Martinez, Michael Moriarty, Roger Rees, Michael York. 
  3. Peter Wingfield, Highlander, TV, 1995-1998.    The big Welshman – future Gimil in The Lords of the Rings trilogy – and Ron Perlman passed on being Methos as if they knew he was a one-off, albeit in a two-part episode. Well, they wuz wrong. Wingfield (another Welshman) made such a great of being Duncan MacLeod’s Watcher, that he was kept around for 22 epsiodes and then two films Highlander IV – Endgame, Highlander V-The Source.  Well deserved! Methos was, after all, the oldest Immortal in the pack, clocking in at 5,000-plus years.
  4. Alan Smithee (Matthew Wood – voice),  Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, 2005.
  5. John Noble,  The Lord of the Rings trilogy, 2001-03.

 Birth year: Death year: Other name: Casting Calls:  5