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ANTHONY DANIELS – C-3PO

Anthony Daniels

Born 21 February 1946
(Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Occupation Actor, mime artist
Years active 1976–present
Known for C-3PO in Star Wars

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.

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 four animated series: Droids, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels. 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 reprised his role as C-3PO in The Lego Movie when his character made a cameo appearance along with other crew members of the Millennium Falcon.

Daniels reprised his role as C-3PO in a surprise cameo for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016. It is the first stand-alone film in the Star Wars Anthology series.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.

1977 Star Wars C-3PO [24]
1978 The Lord of the Rings Legolas Greenleaf [24]
1980 The Empire Strikes Back C-3PO [24]
1982 Return of the Ewok Video short, unreleased
1983 Return of the Jedi [24]
1987 Star Tours Uncredited
1990 I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle Priest [25]
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace C-3PO [24]
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones C-3PO & Dannl Faytonni [24]
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith [24]
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO Voice
2011 Star Tours: The Adventure Continues Short, voice
2014 The Lego Movie Voice [18]
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens [24]
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Cameo appearance
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi [21][22][26]
Television[edit]
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1978 Star Wars Holiday Special C-3PO TV Special [11]
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 [24]
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 [18]
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