Rhys Williams Biography

Place of Birth: Merionethshire, Wales
Wiki Biography: Moviegoers can be forgiven if they thought that stocky, jaunty Rhys Williams was a jovial Irishman, as he often played that type of character, but his role as a Welsh miner in John Ford's classic How Green Was My Valley (1941) (his film debut) was much closer to home for him, as he was born and raised in Wales. In fact, he served as a technical advisor and Welsh language consultant on the film. He began his career on the British stage, and traveled the country as a member of various Shakespearean stock companies, even joining the famed Globe Theater company for a spell. Once he began his career in Hollywood, though, he became one of the busiest supporting actors in the business. He appeared in everything from action pictures to mysteries to westerns to musicals. One of his few villainous roles was as a weaselly American reporter in Tokyo on the payroll of the Japanese government just prior to World War II in Blood on the Sun (1945). In addition to his prolific film work, he did much television over the years, appearing in everything from "Maverick" (1957) to "Mission: Impossible" (1966). He died in Santa Monica, California, in 1969, shortly before his last film, Skullduggery (1970), was released.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Farmer's Daughter Adolph Petree 1947 Comedy
Cavalcade of America 1952 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
So Goes My Love 0000
Gentleman Jim 1942 Drama, Romance
Random Harvest 1943 Drama, Romance
You Came Along 1945 Drama, Romance
The Corn is Green Mr. Jones 1945 Drama
Blood on the Sun 1945 Action, Drama
The Spiral Staircase 1946
Hills of Home 1948
The Black Arrow Bennet Hatch 1948 Action, Adventure, History
Tokyo Joe 1949 Comedy, 0
The Inspector General Inspector General 1949 Biography, 0
The Crooked Way 1949 Action, Adventure, Crime
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 1950 Crime, Drama
Carbine Williams 1952 0
The World in His Arms 1952 Action, Adventure, History
Man in the Attic 1953 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Johnny Guitar 1954
The Black Shield of Falworth 1954 Adventure, Romance
The Kentuckian 1955 Drama
The Fastest Gun Alive 1956 0
Raintree County 1957 Drama, Romance
Merry Andrew 1958 0, 0
Midnight Lace 1960 Thriller, Mystery
The Sons of Katie Elder 1965
Our Man Flint 1966 Action, Adventure, Comedy