Rhys Williams (actor)

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Rhys Williams (born December 31, 1897 in Merionethshire , Wales , † May 28, 1969 in Santa Monica , California ) was a British theater and film actor .


Born and raised in Wales , Rhys Williams began his acting career on the theater stages in Great Britain and for several years traveled with various Shakespearean troupes, including the legendary Globe Theater Company. In 1937 he stood for the first time as a performer on New York Broadway in Shakespeare's Richard II on stage, where he appeared again until 1949.

Williams made his screen debut in 1941 in John Ford's award-winning drama The Beatings . The film is set in rural Wales, but was shot exclusively in Hollywood with American, Irish and Scottish actors. Originally, Rhys Williams was only hired as a Welsh consultant and language trainer for the actors. However, director Ford saw his potential and eventually gave him a supporting role as prize boxer Dai Bando. Williams was soon a busy character actor in film. He has appeared in five films alongside Greer Garson , including William Wyler's war drama Mrs. Miniver (1942), Mervyn LeRoy's melodrama Found Years (1942) and Joseph L. Mankiewicz 's Shakespeare adaptation Julius Caesar (1953).

From 1952 Williams appeared on US television and was seen in numerous series, such as B. in Adventures of Superman (1953), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958), Perry Mason (1958), Mother is the very best (1958), Bonanza (1960), Dr. Kildare (1963) or Cobra, Take Over (1967).

Until his death, Williams was married to Elsie Dvorak (1908-1994), with whom he had two children. He died in 1969 at the age of 71 in Santa Monica , California , before his last film Adventure in New Guinea (1970) was released. His grave is in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles .

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