Daniels in 2011
|Born||21 February 1946|
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
|Occupation||Actor, mime artist|
|Known for||C-3PO in Star Wars|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
Anthony Daniels (born 21 February 1946) is an English actor and mime artist. He is best known for playing C-3PO in the Star Wars film series. He is the only actor to have appeared in all of the major films in the series, as well as its many spin-offs (TV shows, video games, 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 school 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.
Never a science fiction fan, 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. However, in a 2011 interview he said that he had watched it for longer than 10 minutes, and having since watched it in full, now regards it as a masterpiece. In the same interview, he said he enjoyed post-apocalyptic films such as Mad Max.
Daniels has played C-3PO in all of the Star Wars feature films from the original installment in the series, as both the body and voice of the golden droid. Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the series until his death in 2016, revealed that he and Daniels did not get along.
In Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he wore a blue Spandex costume so that during editing of the movie his body could be turned into many different wires and circuits. Daniels has reprised the role for various promotional work such as hosting The Making of Star Wars, Star Wars Connections and The Science of Star Wars; for appearances on The Muppet Show, Sesame Street and an anti-smoking public service announcement; the Star Wars Holiday Special; in advertising for Star Wars licensed products such as Kenner toys; and even 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 five animated series: Droids, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Forces of Destiny. Other C-3PO voicework by Daniels includes: the Christmas-themed Christmas in the Stars album; the multiple Walt Disney theme park attractions, Star Tours and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue; the fan film/show Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom: A Fan Film of Epic Proportions and the Star Tours shutdown ceremony as a part of the Disney's Hollywood Studios' "Last Tour to Endor" event at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida. 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 just as the episodes 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.
Daniels controlled the puppet for 2002's Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but all these scenes were cut, with the droid's first appearance in the film being Daniels in costume. In this film and 2005's Star Wars: 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 the original eight 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 Outlander nightclub scene early in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as a man in blue uniform who can be seen in a cutaway reaction shot after Obi-Wan disarms the bounty hunter Zam Wesell. Faytonni can also be seen at the Galaxies Opera House in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Daniels reprised his role as C-3PO in the seventh Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which began filming in May 2014 and was released in December 2015. J.J. Abrams, the director for The Force Awakens, told Daniels that he was only going to be the voice of C-3PO in the film. However, Abrams 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 allows Daniels a great deal more mobility and comfort than the original suit. Daniels also appeared as C-3PO in 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX, to be released in December 2019.
Daniels appears in a cameo as C-3PO in 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It is the first stand-alone film in the Star Wars Anthology series. He also makes an appearance as Tak in the second anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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).
|1978||The Lord of the Rings||Legolas Greenleaf|||
|1980||The Empire Strikes Back||C-3PO|||
|1982||Return of the Ewok||Video short, unreleased|
|1983||Return of the Jedi|||
|1990||I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle||Priest|||
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||C-3PO|||
|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|
|2011||Star Tours: The Adventure Continues||Short, voice|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Voice|||
|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|||
|Ralph Breaks the Internet||C-3PO|
|2019||Star Wars: Episode IX||Filming|||
|1978||Star Wars Holiday Special||C-3PO||TV Special|||
|1979||Turning Year Tales||John||Episode: Dear Harriet|
|1980||The Muppet Show||C-3PO||Season 4, Episode 17: 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||13 episodes, 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||Episode: Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration, voice|
|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||Video, 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||TV movie, voice|
|2004–05||Star Wars: Clone Wars||C-3PO||4 episodes, voice|
|2006||Lilo and Stitch: The Series||Episode 65, Link|
|2008–11||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||11 episodes, voice|||
|2010||Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III||TV movie, voice|
|2011||Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace||TV movie, voice|
|2012||Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out||TV movie, voice|
|2012–13||Dirigible Days||Narrator||Executive producer, 5 episodes|
|2013–14||Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles||C-3PO||6 episodes, voice|
|2014||Star Wars Rebels||Episode: Droids in Distress, voice|
|2015||Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales||5 episodes, voice|
|2017||Star Wars Forces of Destiny||Episode: Beasts of Echo Base, 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|
|1997||Monopoly Star Wars||C-3PO||Writer, voice|
|2008||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Voice|
|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|||
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even had a cameo in 2013's The Lego Movie
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