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"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 Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure[src]

Warwick Ashley Davis (born February 3, 1970) is an actor who has played various roles throughout the Star Wars films, most notably as the Ewok Wicket W. Warrick and Weazel.

Biography[]

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

While playing Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Davis also made 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. Davis continued the role as Wicket in the made-for-TV movies Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, and had four brief uncredited appearances in The Phantom Menace—one as 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 The Phantom Menace (although Yoda was still voiced by Frank Oz).

He is probably best known as the title character in Willow, Professor Flitwick and Griphook 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.

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 also 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).[2]

Filmography[]

Year Title Series Contribution(s) Notes
1982 Return of the Ewok Wicket Wystri Warrick Unreleased mockumentary designed as a promotional film for Return of the Jedi
1983 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi Wicket W. Warrick
1983 Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi Himself Documentary on the production of Return of the Jedi
1984 Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure Wicket
1985 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Wicket
1985 From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga Himself
1999 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Wald, Weazel, Yoda, a Tatooine street trader[3]
2001 The Beginning: Making Episode I Himself Uncredited
2004 Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy Himself, Wicket
2004 When Star Wars Ruled the World Himself
2015 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Wollivan[4]
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Weeteef Cyu-Bee
2017 "Kindred" Star Wars Rebels Rukh
2017 "Rebel Assault" Star Wars Rebels Rukh
2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi Wodibin, Kedpin Shoklop Kedpin Shoklop was featured in a deleted scene[5]
2018 "Jedi Night" Star Wars Rebels Rukh
2018 "DUME" Star Wars Rebels Rukh
2018 "A Fool's Hope" Star Wars Rebels Rukh
2018 "Family Reunion – and Farewell" Star Wars Rebels Rukh
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Weazel, DD-BD[6], W1-EG5[7], WG-22[8]
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker Wicket, Wizzich Mozzer[9]

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Notes and references[]

  1. SWYTlogo.png Battlefront II Updates, A Look Into Poe Dameron's Past, and More! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  2. Willow Management website. willowmanagement.co.uk. Archived from the original on October 22, 2020.
  3. FAQ's - How many characters did you play in 'Episode 1'?. warwickdavis.co.uk. warwickdavis.co.uk. Archived from the original on January 29, 2009.
  4. SWYTlogo.png Will Warwick Davis Appear in Star Wars: Episode VII? on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg Warwick Davis (@WarwickDavis) on Twitter: "Deleted scenes on @StarWars #TheLastJedi blu-ray and digital release include my 'one-eyed naked alien' cameo. I tried to maintain what 'little' dignity he had in this behind-the-scenes photo! #SmallPart" (screenshot)
  6. TwitterLogo.svg Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) on Twitter: "Glad you are asking for one! I directed @WarwickADavis for the 1st time in 30 years today. It made me happy" (backup link)
  7. Leadbeater, Alex: Warwick Davis Interview: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018-09-25). screenrant.com. Screen Rant. Archived from the original on October 6, 2018. "I was also another droid in that control room who gets released and goes a bit crazy, whacking his tray - he's like a Gonk droid so he's whacking a tray along the consoles."
  8. Libbey, Dirk: Warwick Davis Actually Played A Lot More Roles In Solo Than We Realized (2018-09-18). cinemablend.com. CinemaBlend. Archived from the original on May 28, 2020.
  9. TwitterLogo.svg Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) on Twitter: "That is indeed one of the characters I play in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker" (screenshot)

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