Rhys Williams was a Welsh actor. He was born in Clydach on 31 December, 1897. He started his acting career in touring theatre companies who specialised in Shakespearean plays, and was also part of the Globe Theatre for several seasons. Williams made his film debut in the 1941 classic film How Green Was My Valley. He was originally hired to give the actors tuition in how to speak with a Welsh accent, but director John Ford gave him a part as Dai Bando, a prizefighter. He was the only Welsh actor in the cast. Williams became a popular Hollywood supporting actor, appearing in Mrs. Miniver, Gentleman Jim, Hillos of Home, Devil's Doorway, The King's Thief, Mohawk, and The Restless Breed. He was also in television shows like Cavalcade of America, 77 Sunset Strip, Perry Mason, Riverboat, Bonanza, and General Electric Theater. His last film, Skulduggey, was released after his death. Williams died in California on 28 May, 1969 aged 71.