Anthony Daniels

Active - 1977 - 2019  |   Born - Feb 21, 1946 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England  |   Genres - Science Fiction

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Biography by Lucia Bozzola

While British actor Anthony Daniels' face and name may not be immediately familiar to the moviegoing public, his primary film role most assuredly is: fussy aureate android C-3PO in the phenomenally popular Star Wars saga. Though acting was his passion, Daniels did not attempt to make it his career until his mid-twenties. After three years in drama school, Daniels won a job on BBC Radio and soon moved to theater, joining Britain's Young Vic Company. Daniels had been a professional thespian for only two years when he, despite initial reluctance, agreed to play C-3PO in George Lucas' record-breaking sci-fi fantasy Star Wars (1977). Paired with the bolder droid R2D2, C-3PO fretfully joined Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the old-fashioned battle against the evil Dark Side; his gold anthropomorphized machine body became a prominent symbol of Lucas' elaborately conceived cinematic universe. The blockbuster sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), also featured Daniels as the popular droid. Though Daniels moved on to other acting projects, including the animated Lord of the Rings (1978), I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1989), and the fourth installment of British television's acclaimed Prime Suspect series, he also authored the comic book The Protocol Offensive about C-3PO. When Lucas began production in the late '90s on the trio of prequels to the original Star Wars, Daniels was one of the few original cast members the story allowed to return -- and Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace (1999) finally revealed the origin of a pre-gilded age C-3PO.

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  • Walked out on the film 2001: A Space Odyssey and demanded his money back.
  • Originally planned to be a lawyer.
  • Acted in stage productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth with London's Young Vic theatre.
  • Best known for portraying the Star Wars droid C-3PO and is the only actor to work on all six Star Wars movies.
  • Has written about his experiences in a column for Star Wars Insider Magazine. 
  • Produced a comic book for Dark Horse, The Protocol Offensive, and contributed to the Monopoly Star Wars CD-ROM.
  • Has served as an adjunct professor with the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.