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Shah in 2006
September 28, 1956 |
Shah was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He lived in Kenya until he was twelve years old, when he moved to India with his family. While living in India, he became interested in films, and when his family moved to London, he became involved in the show business. His first film was the 1977 movie Candleshoe, as a stand-in for a girl called Sara Tamakuni, and when stunt coordinator Bob Anderson asked him to do her stunts as well, his career was started.
He has been in several blockbuster movies since, such as Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), The Dark Crystal (1982), Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Legend (1985), Aliens (1986), The Sign of Four (1987), Braveheart (1995), Titanic (1997), and the three The Lord of the Rings movies: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), where he was the scale double for Elijah Wood, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where he played the dwarf Ginarrbrik. He also portrayed an aboriginee in a Sherlock Holmes film, The Sign of Four. A favorite movie role is when he played the monster who came out of a painting and attacked Natasha Richardson in the 1987 film Gothic. He has also recently been Martin Freeman's scale double in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
- J.W. Braun, The Lord of the Films (ECW Press, 2009).