Warwick Davis was first seen in George Lucas and Richard Marquand’s classic film, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). At age eleven, Davis grabbed the role of Wicket W. Warrick simply because he was the only person on the set who could fit his tongue through the mouthpiece in the Ewok suit. His portrayal of the fuzzy little hero led him to reprise the role twice more for The Ewok Adventure (1984) and Ewoks - The Battle for Endor (1985). Davis then took on a minor role, once more disguised by tons of make-up, in Jim Henson’s fantasy film, Labyrinth (1986). It was, however, in 1988 that Warwick made it big by playing the title role in Willow. The film was a phenomenal success, catapulting director Ron Howard and several of its stars down the road to fame. Always a fan of fantasy films, Davis took up roles in two of the Chronicles of Narnia movies, which were made for British television in the early 1990s. Although up to this time Davis had not done horror films, he had an overwhelming desire to try something new and play a villain. His chance came in 1993 when he was cast as the title character of Leprechaun. The film’s success prompted him to again don the infamous tophat and buckled shoes for sequels in 1994, 1995, and 1996. Now known to fans of splatter, Davis jumped out of the horror genre and back into fantasy for Anthony Hickox’s Prince Valiant (1997) and George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). In The Phantom Menace, Davis can be seen as four different characters - the young Rodian Wald, Watto’s excited friend at the podrace arena, a man creeping around the entrance of Mos Espa, and as a stand-in for the Jedi Master, Yoda, during the final scenes of the film. His return to screams was then marked by the return of the evil imp in the inevitable Leprechaun 5 - Leprechaun in the Hood (2000). Warwick’s future plans include much more horror and science fiction, much to the relief of his fans worldwide. Although he has played both hero and villain, Davis admits that it’s a little more fun to play the baddies. Without a doubt, that seems to be the best way to gain recognition in horror. A FACT ABOUT DAVIS In 1994, Davis began Willow Personal Management, a company representing over 80 very short actors and actresses. The only criteria for their representation is that you must be under five feet tall.
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