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Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody) search for clues about the location of the Holy Grail in Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." The Lucasfilm Ltd. production was directed by Steven Spielberg.
ALISON DOODY (Dr. Elsa Schneider) makes her motion picture starring debut in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" after appearing in small roles in "A Prayer for the Dying" and "A View to a Kill."
Born in Dublin, Ireland, where her father worked in real estate, Doody is the youngest of three children. Her brother works in the computer industry and her sister operates a modeling agency.
Doody's British television appearances include "Taffin" with Pierce Brosnan and Ray McAnally; and the mini-series "Echoes." On American television Doody appeared in the telefilms "Deceptions" and "Queenie."
JOHN RHYS-DAVIES (Sallah) originated the role of Indy's sidekick in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." His motion pictures include "The Living Daylights," "Victor/Victoria," "Sphinx," and the upcoming "Young Toscanini."
Rhys-Davies received an Emmy nomination for his role in the mini-series "Shogun." Other television productions he has appeared in include such mini-series as "War and Remembrance," "James Clavell's Noble House," "Riley, Ace of Spies," and "I, Claudius"; and such telefilms as "The Little Match Girl," "Sadat," "Kim," and "The Naked Civil Servant."
Born in Salisbury in the United Kingdom, Rhys-Davies grew up in Wales and East Africa. He went to school in Cornwall at Truro School, where he first began acting, including in "Troilus and Cressida" at age 15, and he played the title roles of "Volpone" at 16 and "Othello" at 17. After graduation, Rhys-Davies attended the University of East Anglia and founded the school's dramatic society. After receiving degrees in English and History, he worked as a teacher before enrolling at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts. He graduated from the Academy in 1969 and began his extensive stage career, which has included 23 Shakespearean productions.
Rhys-Davies has two teenage sons: Ben, 20, and Tom, 17.
Films with JULIAN GLOVER (Walter Donovan) include "Cry Freedom," "The Fourth Protocol," "Heat and Dust," "For Your Eyes Only," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Juggernaut," and "Luther." He began his film career in "Tom Jones."
Glover has starred in two British television series: "Wish Me Luck" and "Dombey and Son." His other television work includes the mini-series "Cover Her Face," "By the Sword Divided," "Smiley's People," and "QBVII"; and the telefilms "Mandela," "The Secret Garden," "The Scarlet and the Black," "Kim," and "Ivanhoe."
The son of journalists, Glover grew up in the South London suburb of Dulwich and began acting in school productions, including the role on Antony in "Julius Ceasar" and Lord Chancellor in "Iolanthe." After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Vic, and the Prospect.
Prior to filming "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Glover toured England in Alan Bennett's "Habaeus Corpus."
RIVER PHOENIX (young Indy) received an Academy Award nomination for "Running on Empty." He made his motion picture debut in "Explorers" in 1985 and, the following year, received acclaim for his performances in "Stand By Me" and "The Mosquito Coast," in which he portrayed the son of the character played by Harrison Ford. Phoenix's other films include "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" and "Little Nikita."
His first name inspired by Herman Hesse's Siddhartha, River Phoenix was born in Madras, Oregon on August 23, 1970, the eldest of five children. He also was raised in Mexico, Puerto Rico and South America. At the age of five, Phoenix sang on street corners with his three-year-old sister Rainbow in Caracas, Venezuela. The family eventually moved to Florida, where the Phoenix children were entered in local talent contests.
After moving to Los Angeles with his family, River Phoenix appeared in television commercials and the series "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" before beginning his film career.