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Warwick Davis
Biographical information
Born

February 3, 1970

Nationality

British

Career


Star Wars work
Other works of note
"When you see him on screen there's a certain magic. He's a marvelous actor. Three feet tall, but filled with energy and charm and a sense of humor and a marvelous talent for pantomime."
Tom Smith (producer of The Ewok Adventure)[src]

Warwick Ashley Davis (born February 3, 1970, Epsom, Surrey, England, UK) is an actor noted for being short—he is three feet six inches (about one meter) tall. He is probably best known as the title character in Willow, Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter films, and a murderous leprechaun in the long-running series of horror films of the same name. Warwick Davis also played the body of Marvin the Paranoid Android in the 2005 film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Warwick Davis young

Young Davis, during the filming of Return of the Jedi.

Other notable roles include his first film role as Wicket the Ewok, who was befriended by Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He also made a movie of his own about Wicket, a mockumentary 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 film and his transformation into an Ewok He continued the role as Wicket in the made-for-TV movies Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. He had four brief uncredited appearances in The Phantom Menace—one as W. Wald, the young Rodian friend of Anakin Skywalker; the other as Weazel, one of the gamblers at the podrace. Davis also had a cameo as a "Tatooine street trader", and doubled Yoda in some of his "walking" scenes in Episode I (although Yoda still was voiced by Frank Oz).

In addition to his acting career, Davis is the co-founder of the talent agency Willow Management, founded in 1995. It specializes in representing actors under five feet tall. In 2004, his agency also began representing actors over seven feet tall. Several of the actors in his agency had performed in Star Wars films, such as Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Mike Edmonds (Logray and co-puppetteer for Jabba the Hutt), Michaela Cottrell (Even Piell), Sarah Bennett, Danny Blackner, Peter Burroughs (who is also Davis's father-in-law), Paul Grant, Andrew Herd, Trevor Jones, Nicholas Read, Kiran Shah, Brian Wheeler (Unidentified Ewoks) and, although uncredited in the movies, Rusty Goffe (Kabe, Gonk droid and a Jawa in A New Hope) and Raymond Griffiths (Gonk droid in The Phantom Menace).[1]

Filmography

Title Release Date Role
Return of the Ewok made in 1982 (unreleased film) (Himself/Wicket W. Warrick)
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi May 25, 1983 Wicket W. Warrick
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi 1983 Himself
The Making of The Ewok Adventure 1984 Himself
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure November 25, 1984 Wicket W. Warrick
From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga 1985 Himself
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor November 24, 1985 Wicket W. Warrick
Willow May 20, 1988 Willow Ufgood
Willow: The Making of an Adventure 1988 Himself/Willow Ufgood
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace May 19, 1999 W. Wald/Weazel/a Tatooine street trader/Yoda[2]
The Beginning: Making Episode I October 16, 2001 Himself (uncredited)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone November 16, 2001 Professor Flitwick/Griphook (voice)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets November 15, 2002 Professor Flitwick
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban June 4, 2004 Professor Flitwick
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy 2004 Himself/Wicket W. Warrick (special thanks)
When Star Wars Ruled the World 2004 Himself
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire November 15, 2005 Professor Flitwick
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy September 12, 2006 Wicket W. Warrick (uncredited voice)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix July 11, 2007 Professor Flitwick
Prince Caspian May 16, 2008 Nikabrik
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince July 17, 2009 Professor Flitwick

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