|Occupation||Actor, mime artist|
|Known for||C-3PO in Star Wars (1977–present)|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
Anthony Daniels (// AN-tə-nee; born 21 February 1946) is an English actor and mime artist, best known for playing C-3PO in 10 Star Wars films.[a] He is the only actor to have either appeared or been involved with in all theatrical films in the series, all canon animated television shows, as well as many of their spin-offs, including video games, radio serials, etc.
Daniels was the voice of Legolas in the Ralph Bakshi animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (1978). He has appeared intermittently on British television in various dramas, including playing a pathologist in Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren. Daniels is currently an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.
Daniels was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, the son of a plastics company executive. He was educated at Giggleswick School and studied law for two years at university, then dropped out to participate in amateur dramatics and attend Rose Bruford College. After leaving the college in 1974, Daniels worked on BBC Radio and for the National Theatre of Great Britain at The Young Vic. Whilst working in the theatre, he was invited to meet director George Lucas, who was casting for Star Wars. Daniels at first turned down the interview but was persuaded by his agent to meet Lucas.
Daniels has said that before his role in Star Wars, the only science fiction film he had ever seen in a theatre was 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968; he was so displeased with the film that he walked out after 10 minutes and demanded his money back. After Daniels was cast as C-3PO, Lucas recommended that he watch the film in its entirety to study HAL 9000's voice. In a 2011 interview, Daniels said that he now regards 2001 as a masterpiece and that he also enjoys post-apocalyptic films such as Mad Max.
After auditioning for the role of C-3PO, Daniels only became fully interested in it after seeing a concept design of the golden droid C-3PO by Ralph McQuarrie. Daniels did not see the final costume until after donning it for the shoot and being shown a Polaroid photograph. He struggled with delivering the character's lines until Lucas informed him that they would redub the dialogue in post-production. Daniels also portrayed a protocol droid with a "white pointy face" in one shot in the original film. Daniels was depressed with his lack of recognition after the film's successful release; he attributes this to Lucasfilm wanting audiences to believe that the droids were real.
Daniels has played C-3PO in all of the Star Wars feature films (with the exception of Solo: A Star Wars Story) from the original instalment in the series as the golden droid's body and voice. Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the series until his death in 2016, said that he and Daniels did not get along. Daniels has reprised the role for various promotional work such as hosting The Making of Star Wars, Star Wars Connections and Science of Star Wars, appearances on The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, an anti-smoking public service announcement, The Star Wars Holiday Special, and advertising for Star Wars-licensed products such as Kenner toys and a breakfast cereal based on the character.
Daniels voiced C-3PO in the Star Wars radio serial based on the original trilogy. He is the only cast member of the original Star Wars trilogy to voice his character in all three parts of NPR's dramatisations of the trilogy. He voiced C-3PO for six animated series: Droids, Clone Wars, The Clone Wars, Rebels, Forces of Destiny, and Resistance. Other C-3PO voicework by Daniels includes: the Christmas-themed Christmas in the Stars album, Disney theme park attractions including Star Tours and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, and the Star Tours shutdown ceremony as a part of Disney's Hollywood Studios' "Last Tour to Endor" event at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida.[b] He also provided the narration and all character voices for the audio books Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.
Daniels contributed the foreword to the collected scripts of the Return of the Jedi radio drama, as their author Brian Daley died while they were being recorded. Daniels' other Star Wars-related writings include the Wonder Column for Star Wars Insider magazine and a comic book adventure for C-3PO and R2-D2 entitled The Protocol Offensive, published by Dark Horse Comics.
In Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Daniels only voiced the character, which a puppeteer played on set. Daniels attempted to puppeteer the character himself in the sequel, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but after the script was changed, he returned to playing the droid in costume. In this film and 2005's Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he also performed the vocal tracks for scenes that featured a computer-generated C-3PO. Daniels is the only actor to act in all nine films, the 2008 Clone Wars film, and the related television series.
Daniels also makes cameo appearances as a humanoid in two scenes of the feature films. His character, Lieutenant Dannl Faytonni, is named as a tribute to his own name, albeit in modified form. The character appears in the nightclub scene early in Attack of the Clones as a man in blue uniform who can be seen in a cutaway reaction shot after Obi-Wan Kenobi disarms the bounty hunter Zam Wesell. Faytonni can also be seen at the Galaxies Opera House in Revenge of the Sith.
Daniels reprised his role as C-3PO in the seventh Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, which was released in December 2015. J. J. Abrams, the director of The Force Awakens, told Daniels that he was only going to be the voice of C-3PO in the film, but changed his mind and decided Daniels would wear the suit in the film as well. Abrams made a new C-3PO suit for Daniels to wear during filming using 3D printing that allowed Daniels a great deal more mobility and comfort than the original suit. Daniels has stated his displeasure with the droid's red arm. Daniels also appeared as C-3PO in 2017's The Last Jedi, and 2019's The Rise of Skywalker.
Daniels appears in a cameo as C-3PO in 2016's Rogue One, the first standalone film in the Star Wars anthology series. He also makes an appearance as Tak in the second anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and voiced C-3PO's cameo appearance in Ralph Breaks the Internet, and The Lego Movie alongside other crewmembers of the Millennium Falcon. He has also hosted the Star Wars: In Concert tour in North America.
Other acting roles
Daniels was the voice of Legolas in the Ralph Bakshi animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (1978). He has appeared intermittently on British television in various dramas, notably in a recurring role in Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren. He also played the priest in the British spoof horror film I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990).
|The Lord of the Rings||Legolas Greenleaf
|Voice; uncredited as Deagol|||
|1980||The Empire Strikes Back||C-3PO|||
|1982||Return of the Ewok||Short video; unreleased|
|1983||Return of the Jedi|||
|1990||I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle||Priest|||
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||C-3PO||[c]|||
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones||C-3PO, Dannl Faytonni|||
|2005||Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith|||
|2008||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||C-3PO||Voice|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Voice; cameo appearance|||
|2015||Star Wars: The Force Awakens|||
|2016||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Cameo appearance|
|2017||Star Wars: The Last Jedi|||
|2018||Solo: A Star Wars Story||Tak||Cameo appearance|||
|Ralph Breaks the Internet||C-3PO||Voice; cameo appearance|
|2019||Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker|||
|1978||Star Wars Holiday Special||C-3PO||TV Special|||
|1979||Turning Year Tales||John||Episode: "Dear Harriet"|
|1980||The Muppet Show||C-3PO||Episode: "The Stars of Star Wars"|
|Sesame Street||4 episodes|
|1984||The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady||Kenneth||7 episodes|
|1985||Star Wars: Droids||C-3PO||Voice;
|1986||The Great Heep||TV Movie|
|1987||Three Up Two Down||Rupert Fairfax||Episode: "Mirror Mirror on the Wall"|
|1988–89||Square Deal||Julian||3 episodes|
|1990||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||C-3PO||Voice;
Episode: "Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration"
|1992||The Bill||Richard Lee-Ward||Episode: "Stoning the Glasshouse"|
|1995||Prime Suspect||Pathologist||"Inner Circles" and "The Lost Child", TV movies|||
|The Famous Five||Professor Dobson||Episode: "Five on a Secret Trail"|
|1997||Star Wars: Droids – The Pirates and the Prince||C-3PO||Voice;
|2001||Urban Gothic||Mr Tidyman||Episode: "Serotonin Wild"|
|2002||Star Wars: Connections||C-3PO||TV Short|
|2004||Holby City||Colonel Donald Humphries||Episode: "In the Line of Fire"|
|Ghosts of Albion Embers||Lord Nelson||Voice;
|2007||Micro Safari: Journey to the Bugs||MAL||Voice|
|2004–05||Star Wars: Clone Wars||C-3PO||Voice;
|2008–11||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Voice;
|2010||Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III||Voice;
|2011||Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace|
|2012||Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out|
Also executive producer;
|2013–14||Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles||C-3PO||Voice;
|2014||Star Wars Rebels||Voice;
Episode: "Droids in Distress"
|2015||Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales||Voice;
|2017||Star Wars Forces of Destiny||Voice;
Episode: "Beasts of Echo Base"
|2018||Star Wars Resistance||Voice;
Episode: "The Recruit"
|2020||The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special||Voice;
|1977||The Making of Star Wars||C-3PO / Host||TV movie documentary|
|1978||50th Academy Awards||C-3PO / Presenter||TV Special|
|1983||Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi||C-3PO / Himself||TV movie documentary|
|From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga|
|2004||Empire of Dreams||Video documentary|
|2005||Science of Star Wars||TV documentary miniseries|
Theme park attractions
|1987||Star Tours||C-3PO||Uncredited; also provides the voice in the French dub|
|2011||Star Tours – The Adventures Continue||Uncredited|
|1997||Monopoly Star Wars||C-3PO||Also writer|
|2008||Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Jedi Alliance|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lightsaber Duels|
|2009||Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Ultimate Sith Edition|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0|
|2015||Star Wars Battlefront|
|2016||Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens|||
|I Expect You to Die||Daniel Sans|||
|2020||Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge||C-3PO|
|2021||Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge- Last Call|
|2022||Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga|
- Every episode of the Skywalker saga and one anthology film.
- Including the film Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom: A Fan Film of Epic Proportions created with audience participation at Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, which was modified to include Star Wars characters; Daniels also appeared in a parade the same weekend at part of the park's "Star Wars Galactic Nights".
- Daniels provided the voice of the character, whilst a puppeteer portrayed the unplated C-3PO.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live interview with J.J. Abrams and cast of The Rise of Skywalker (Jimmy Kimmel Live official YouTube channel)
- "Biography". Anthony Daniels official website. Archived from the original on 11 May 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
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- "Faculty / Staff | Entertainment Technology Center". www.etc.cmu.edu. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
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- "The Official Anthony Daniels Web Site". anthonydaniels.com.
- Dermot O'Leary Show, BBC Radio 2, 21 March 2009.
- Daniels 2019.
- "C-3PO: Q&A with Anthony Daniels". The Independent. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014.
- "Radio and audio book companies", in Lloyd Trott, ed., Actors and Performers Yearbook 2016, pp. 353–354
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- Williams, Andrew. (27 October 2009). "Kenny Baker". Metro.
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- Trudi Miller Rosenblum (5 November 1994). "Avalanche of Audiobooks set for Holidays". Billboard. 106 (45). Retrieved 2 December 2015.
- "Star Wars: Droids – The Protocol Offensive". darkhorse.com. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
written by See Threepio actor Anthony Daniels
- "Attack of the Clones: Behind the Scenes". StarWars.com. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
- Alice Vincent (18 September 2014). "C3P0 will get a new suit for Star Wars VII". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
The only actor to appear in all six Star Wars films
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- "Star Wars: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reunite for latest film". BBC News. 29 April 2014.
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even had a cameo in 2013's The Lego Movie
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Same thing with Anthony Daniels. We got him to reprise C-3PO.
- Peter Graham (13 December 2016). "Become a Puzzle Solving Spy in I Expect You To Die on PlayStation VR". vrfocus.com. vrfocus.com. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
Esteemed actor Anthony Daniels – C-3PO in Star Wars films – lends his voice talents throughout the game.
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