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Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis
Born 3 February 1970 (1970-02-03) (age 37)
Epsom, Surrey, England

Warwick Ashley Davis (born 3 February 1970) is an English actor. He is noted for his dwarfism, standing only 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) tall. Davis is probably best known as the title character in Willow, Wicket W. Warrick in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies, the title character in Leprechaun and its sequels and as Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and as Reepicheep in the BBC versions of Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (617x862, 330 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Warwick Davis Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , See also Epsom, New Hampshire, and Epsom, New Zealand. ... This article is about the English county. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... This article is about the medical condition. ... Willow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, based on a story by George Lucas. ... Wicket Wystri Warrick is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, first introduced in Return of the Jedi and played by Warwick Davis. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Professor Filius Flitwick (born October 17, year unknown)[1] is a fictional character in the Harry Potter books. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Information Species Android Gender Male Age Thirty-seven times older than the Universe itself Occupation Servant Created by Douglas Adams In the BBC TV series, the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot [like Marvin] as Your plastic pal whos fun to be with. Marvins... The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy film based on the book of the same name by Douglas Adams. ... Reepicheep is a character from C. S. Lewiss Chronicles of Narnia series. ... Prince Caspian is a novel for children by C. S. Lewis, first published in 1951. ... The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis. ...

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Biography

Early life

Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey, England to an insurance broker father and a homemaker mother. He has a younger sister. His foray into acting came about "purely by chance". When he was 11, his grandmother heard a radio ad in 1981 calling for people that were 4 ft. tall or shorter to be in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. To Warwick, who was a big fan of the Star Wars movies, it was a dream come true. He was originally just going to be an extra Ewok, but when Kenny Baker, who was originally going to be Wicket, fell ill, George Lucas picked Warwick to be the new Wicket after seeing how he carried himself as an Ewok. Warwick based his Ewok movements on his dog, who would tilt his head from side to side whenever he saw something strange. A little known fact is that during production on the film, he made a short mockumentary film about his experience as Wicket, titled Return of the Ewok, made with help from Return of the Jedi's first assistant director, David Tomblin. The unreleased film was a fictional look at his decision to become an actor and act in the movie and his transformation into Wicket the Ewok. Warwick was so talented as Wicket that he reprised his role in the ABC made-for-TV movies Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. He later, in 1985, appeared in the film Labyrinth with David Bowie and others. , See also Epsom, New Hampshire, and Epsom, New Zealand. ... An insurance broker sources (brokes) contracts of insurance on behalf of their customers. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... This article is about the series. ... Ewoks are a fictional species of hunter-gatherers in the Star Wars universe. ... Kenny Baker at a science fiction convention Kenny Baker (born August 24, 1934) is a British actor best known as the man inside of R2-D2 in the popular Star Wars film series. ... Wicket Wystri Warrick is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, first introduced in Return of the Jedi and played by Warwick Davis. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Return of the Ewok is a 24-minute mockumentary starring Warwick Davis, the actor who played the Ewok, Wicket W. Warrick in Return of the Jedi and the Ewok spin-off films. ... Categories: Star Wars films | 1984 films | Movie stubs ... Ewoks: Battle for Endor (1985), retitled Star Wars Ewok Adventures: Battle for Endor for the DVD release, is a made-for-TV movie set in the Star Wars galaxy and sequel to The Ewok Adventure. ... Labyrinth is a 1986 fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas, and designed through the art of Brian Froud. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ...


Career

In 1987, Davis was called to Elstree Studios in London to meet with Ron Howard and George Lucas to discuss a new movie project called Willow, which was written with Warwick specifically in mind. Willow was Warwick's first opportunity to act with his face visible. He co-starred with Val Kilmer in the film, which received a Royal Premiere before the Prince and Princess of Wales. He then went back to television to be in the BBC television adaptation of the classic The Chronicles of Narnia, specifically in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (as Reepicheep) and The Silver Chair (as Glimfeather).' Historically, the name Elstree Studios refers to any of several film studios that were based in the town of Elstree and Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, England. ... Ron Howard on the set of Ransom Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954, in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, film director and producer of Dutch, Scottish, English, Irish, German and Cherokee Indian descent. ... Willow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, based on a story by George Lucas. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... “Prince Charles” redirects here. ... Lady Diana Spencer is a name shared by several members of the Spencer family, an aristocratic English family related to the Churchills of Blenheim Palace. ... BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. ... Narnia redirects here. ... The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis. ... Reepicheep is a character from C. S. Lewiss Chronicles of Narnia series. ... The Silver Chair is part of The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven fantasy novels written by C.S. Lewis. ... Glimfeather was an Owl in the land of Narnia in the Chronicles of Narnia. ...


It was then, in 1993, that he played the villain in Leprechaun, something that he really had been wanting to do. He then returned to the Star Wars universe, playing 3 roles in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: Weazel, a gambler sitting next to Watto at the Podrace; Wald, who was Anakin's Rodian buddy; and Yoda in scenes where Yoda was walking. The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. ... The following is a list of characters from the Old Republic era of the Star Wars fictional universe, dating from 5,000 BBY to the end of the events depicted in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, approximately 19 BBY. Jedi are not included in this list. ... Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ...


Lately, Davis has become famous for playing the role of Professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter films. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was released in July 2007, is the latest film to feature Professor Flitwick. Warwick played a white-moustached Flitwick in the first two movies, and then a black-haired unnamed chorus conductor (presumably Flitwick but not credited as such) for the third installment of the series. In the fourth movie, Flitwick is younger looking, with short, brown hair and a trimmed moustache. Davis also played a goblin in Gringotts in the first film, specifically the goblin that Hagrid talks to about Harry's vault (named "Griphook" in the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) and hands him the key to the vault where the Philosopher's Stone is kept. Professor Filius Flitwick (born October 17, year unknown)[1] is a fictional character in the Harry Potter books. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy adventure film, based on the novel of the same name, by J. K. Rowling. ... Gringotts is the bank of the wizarding world in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. ... Rubeus Hagrid (born December 6, year ca. ... HP1 redirects here. ...


In 2006, he appeared as himself in an episode of the second series of Extras, featuring Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe.


Warwick starred in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as the "body" of Marvin the Paranoid Android (i.e., the actor within the costume; the voice for the character was provided by Alan Rickman, who coincidently also plays a professor in the Harry Potter film series, Professor Snape). In December 2006, Davis starred in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, at Manchester Opera House. He stars alongside Suranne Jones, Justin Moorhouse, John Savident and not forgetting the other six dwarves. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy film based on the book of the same name by Douglas Adams. ... Information Species Android Gender Male Age Thirty-seven times older than the Universe itself Occupation Servant Created by Douglas Adams In the BBC TV series, the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot [like Marvin] as Your plastic pal whos fun to be with. Marvins... Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born February 21, 1946) is an acclaimed, award-winning English film, television and stage actor. ... Severus Snape (born January 9, c. ... USPS stamp honoring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature by The Walt Disney Company in which a jealous queen tries to have her stepdaughter murdered, but instead the girl is given shelter by seven dwarves who live deep in... Manchester Opera House The Opera House in Manchester, England is a 2000 seat commercial touring theatre which plays host to touring musicals, ballet, concerts and a spectactular Christmas pantomime. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Justin Moorhouse is a Manchester based comedian and Radio DJ. He is a popular stand up comedian with an approachable demenour. ... John Savident (born 1938) is a well-known British actor. ... This page is about a mythological race. ...


Warwick starred in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, in which he played Nikabrik the Dwarf. He previously played Reepicheep the Mouse in the BBC television production of Prince Caspian.


Warwick also appeared in the BBC's 2007 series of Children in Need reality TV show Celebrity Scissorhands. Celebrity Scissorhands is a reality show that is part of the BBCs Children in Need charity campaign for 2006, in which celebrities will attempt to cut peoples hair to raise money for the campaign. ...


In addition to his acting career, Davis is the co-founder, with fellow dwarf actor Peter Burroughs, of a talent agency (Willow Management, founded in 1995) that specialises in representing actors under five feet tall. As of 2004, his agency also began representing actors over seven feet tall.


Personal life

Unlike most dwarfs (70%) who have a condition called achondroplasia, Warwick's dwarfism is caused by an extremely rare genetic condition called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita. Warwick has said the only real drawback to being small was the associated health problems. Of his own dwarfism (SED), Warwick has said "As you get older, you can suffer from painful hips, and our joints wear a lot quicker than for people of average height." Circus Busch, 1906 Achondroplasia is a type of autosomal dominant genetic disorder that is a common cause of dwarfism. ... Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita is a rare disorder of bone growth that results in dwarfism, characteristic skeletal abnormalities, and problems with vision and hearing. ...


Warwick's family includes a wife and two children, who live in Yaxley near Peterborough. His wife, Samantha (b. 1971) has achondroplasia, as do his children Annabelle (b. 1998) and Harrison (b. 2003). Samantha is the daughter of Warwick's business partner Peter, and the sister of actress Hayley Burroughs. Yaxley is a village in the county of Cambridgeshire, England. ... This article is about the city in the United Kingdom. ... Circus Busch, 1906 Achondroplasia is a type of autosomal dominant genetic disorder that is a common cause of dwarfism. ...


Filmography

Invasion of the Not Quite Dead is a upcoming (expected 2008) Horror film directed by Tony lane In 1978 the Welsh Mountains are infected by an alien bacteria. ... Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2008 fantasy adventure, based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ... Agent One-Half is an action-comedy film scheduled for release in the United States in March, 2008, starring, written and produced by Warwick Davis, who is best known as playing in the fantasy film Willow (film). ... Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy adventure film, based on the novel of the same name, by J. K. Rowling. ... Not to be confused with Extra (TV series). ... Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy adventure film, based on J.K. Rowlings novel of the same name, and is the fourth film in the popular Harry Potter film series. ... The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy film based on the book of the same name by Douglas Adams. ... Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy adventure film, based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ... Ray is a 2004 biographical film focusing on thirty years[2]of the life of legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. ... Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second fantasy adventure film in the popular Harry Potter films series, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. ... Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, known in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, is a 2001 fantasy/adventure film based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling. ... The DVD cover Snow White, released in the U.S.A. as Snow White: The Fairest of Them All, was a television film, made in 2001, and based on the Snow White storyline. ... The 10th Kingdom is a made-for-TV mini-series written by screenplay writer Simon Moore. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. ... Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or simply Prince Valiant, is a comic strip created by Hal Foster. ... Leprechaun 3 is a 1995 film. ... Leprechaun 2 is a 1994 film. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Willow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, based on a story by George Lucas. ... Labyrinth is a 1986 fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas, and designed through the art of Brian Froud. ... Ewoks: Battle for Endor (1985), retitled Star Wars Ewok Adventures: Battle for Endor for the DVD release, is a made-for-TV movie set in the Star Wars galaxy and sequel to The Ewok Adventure. ... Categories: Star Wars films | 1984 films | Movie stubs ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Return of the Ewok is a 24-minute mockumentary starring Warwick Davis, the actor who played the Ewok, Wicket W. Warrick in Return of the Jedi and the Ewok spin-off films. ...

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WARWICK DAVIS (594 words)
Warwick was chosen partly due to his diminutive stature, and he quickly caught the attention of director Richard Marquand with his childish innocence and abundant fascination.
Warwick's acting career took a very different turn, however, when he donned the horrifying make-up and green suit, replete with stripped tights and buckled shoes, that comprise his frightening costume in the movie, "Leprechaun".
Warwick managed four roles in Lucas' long awaited prequel, including Wald, the alien friend of Anakin Skywalker's, and Weasel, the unsavory scoundrel friend of Anakin's master Watto that cheers for the villainous Sebulba during the heart pounding podracing sequence.
Warwick Davis: Information from Answers.com (1169 words)
Warwick was so talented as Wicket that he reprised his role in the ABC made-for-TV movies Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
Davis also played a goblin in Gringotts in the first film, specifically the goblin that Hagrid talks to about Harry's vault and hands him the key to the vault where the Sorcerer's Stone is kept.
Warwick recently starred in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as the "body" of Marvin the Paranoid Android (i.e., the actor within the costume; the voice for the character was provided by Alan Rickman).
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