Davis, Warwick (I) Biography
biography of Davis, Warwick (I)Warwick Ashley Davis
3 February 1970, Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
English actor Warwick Davis is the son of an insurance broker and his wife. Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism. He was educated at City of London Freemen's School. When he was 11 years old, his grandmother heard a radio appeal for people under four feet tall to appear in _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv). A huge Star Wars fan, Davis auditioned successfully and was cast as an extra, playing an Ewok. 'Kenny Baker (I)' (qv) was cast as lead Ewok Wicket, but fell ill so 'George Lucas (I)' (qv) chose Davis to replace him. The film was a smash hit, and Davis went on to reprise his role as Wicket in further TV projects - _The Ewok Adventure (1984) (TV)_ (qv) and _Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) (TV)_ (qv). Davis next big role came with a part specifically written for him, as the titular hero in _Willow (1988)_ (qv). Other successes followed with roles in such projects as _"Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (1989)_ (qv) and two distinctly different film series - the 'Harry Potter' and 'Leprechaun' film series. In 2006, he appeared in a cameo role in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's hit sitcom _"Extras" (2005)_ (qv), which led to the pair writing a series specifically for Davis, the comic mockumentary _"Life's Too Short" (2011)_ (qv). Davis, along with his father-in-law 'Peter Burroughs (I)' (qv), is also the director of an acting agency for very short and tall actors called Willow Management. He is married to 'Samantha Davis (I)' (qv) and they have a son and a daughter.
- 'Samantha Davis (I)' (qv) (29 June 1991 - present); 3 children
- Frequently plays non-human characters
- Was 2' 11" tall when _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv) was filmed.
- Warwick's grandmother heard a radio announcement calling for people under 4 feet in height to try out for _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv). She took him, then 2-foot-11, to the audition and he won the role of Wicket, the lead Ewok.
- Portrayed Wicket Wysrti Warrick the Ewok in three films: _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv); _The Ewok Adventure (1984) (TV)_ (qv) and _Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) (TV)_ (qv).
- Daughter, Annabelle, was born in 1997.
- Met his wife 'Samantha Davis (I)' (qv) when she was an extra on the set of _Willow (1988)_ (qv).
- Son, Harrison, was born in 2003.
- Runs Willow Personal Management, "The biggest agency for short actors in the world".
- Cast as the body of Marvin the Paranoid Android in _The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)_ (qv), while Marvin's voice was provided by 'Alan Rickman' (qv). Coincidentally, both actors play characters in the Harry Potter film series.
- Davis said in his audio commentary for _Willow (1988)_ (qv) that the question he gets asked most frequently by fans is "What was it like to work with 'Val Kilmer' (qv)?". Davis said he has very fond memories of working with Val, describing him as having a great, "wacky" sense of humor and being very passionate and dedicated to the job.
- First name is pronounced "Warrick".
- First son, Lloyd, died shortly after birth in September 1991.
- Brother-in-law of actress 'Hayley Burroughs' (qv).
- Son-in-law of actor 'Peter Burroughs (I)' (qv).
- With his leading roles in Willow and the Leprechaun series, at 3'6 he is one of Hollywood's shortest leading actors, if not the world's shortest leading actor.
- He has appeared in two different adaptations of 'C.S. Lewis' (qv)'s 1951 fantasy novel "Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia": _"Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (1989)_ (qv) and _The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)_ (qv). He played Reepicheep in the former and Nikabrik in the latter.
- (2007, December - 2008, January) Appeared in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon, London, England. The play was produced in panto style.
- I love the slapstick element. I don't think we see enough of that in comedy, so it was fun to have that opportunity. My life is quite physical anyway. When you are three-foot-six you kind of have to climb stuff now and again, and you find yourself in quite precarious situations just to manage in what is quite a big world.
- (October 2003) Filming ends for _Leprechaun: Back 2 the Hood (2003)_ and work begins on trying to get a limited theatrical release.
- (May 2006) Shooting for _Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)_ (qv) continues through August.
- (November 2007) Currently appearing on Celebrity Scissorhands - A charity hairdressing show - on BBC3 in the UK
- (October 2009) Attended The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention in Helsingborg, Sweden
- "Time Out Chicago" (USA), 9 February 2012, Iss. 363, pg. 22, by: Novid Parsi, "'When you've been three foot six for 41 years, you've heard everything'"
- "Jedi Journal: Official Star Wars Fan Club Magazine" (UK), March 2001, Vol. 2, Iss. 1, pg. 13-17, by: David Bassom, "Super Furry Animals"
- "Starlog" (USA), August 1988, Vol. 12, Iss. 133, pg. 29-33,+69, by: Adam Pirani, "Warwick Davis: Wandering With 'Willow'"
- "Starlog" (USA), December 1985, Vol. 9, Iss. 101, pg. 29-31, by: Adam Pirani, "Warwick Davis: Return of the Ewok"
- "Tropopkin" (USA), July 1999, Iss. 74
- "Empire" (UK), July 1997, Iss. 97, pg. 23, by: Jeremy Austin, "Midget Gems..."
- "Starlog" (USA), August 1988, Vol. 12, Iss. 133
- "Starlog" (USA), December 1985, Vol. 9, Iss. 101
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