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Anthony Daniels at the 2005 premiere of the final Star Wars film

Anthony Daniels (b. 1946) is a British actor best known for his portrayal of C-3PO in the Star Wars franchise. Daniels wore the suit and provided the voice for the character in the original films and in guest appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. He has also supplied the droid's voice in spin-off audio dramas, video games, and animated series. Pre-Star Wars credits included stage work and roles in numerous BBC radio dramas. Other credits include the voice of Legolas in Ralph Bakshi's animated The Lord of the Rings and appearances on Young Indiana Jones and Prime Suspect.

In a 2001 interview, Daniels stated the following about working with the Muppets:

I was such a fan of the Muppets that I had to suppress my uncool excitement when I arrived at the studio - didn't want to look like a deranged fan. I think they guessed anyway. I'd always loved the characters and the scripts were just off-the-wall enough to be outstanding. ... It was one of the most disciplined shows I ever did. Each member of the cast was a perfectionist who respected the needs and performances of the other cast members - a really professional group led by Jim. I think his weird imagination spurred everyone on, and he surrounded himself with talented and dedicated artists.

In the same interview, Daniels makes mention of the "slight danger" involved in filming the show. The C-3PO suit provides the performer inside with limited vision. At the same time, all of the actors appearing with the Muppets worked on elevated sets. "It would have been all too easy to fall into the pit at my feet." Always the humorist, he added, "I'm sure Frank would have made a soft landing, but Piggy would not have been amused." [1]

Daniels also mentioned that he received a "silver Kermit" as a gift, over dinner at Julie's during the filming of his episode.

External links

  • Official site
  • IMDb

Sources

  1. Star Wars Insider #55, "Anthony Daniels Talks About the Muppets"
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Anthony Daniels
Biographical information
Born

February 21, 1946

Nationality

British

Career
Occupation

Actor

Star Wars work

As Dannl Faytonni:

Voice acting in

As C-3PO:

Other work of note

1978 film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (voice)

Official site
  • Official Website

Anthony Daniels (born February 21, 1946 in Salisbury, England) portrayed the droid C-3PO in all six Star Wars films, thus being the only person to appear in all six movies (the closest are Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, and Kenny Baker, playing Palpatine, Yoda, and R2-D2 respectively in five movies).

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Biography

Star Wars career

During the production of the original Star Wars, he helped George Lucas develop the character, voice, and mannerisms of C-3PO. Aside from playing the fussy droid in all six movies, Daniels has reprised the role frequently over the past three decades. He's donned the shiny suit for various promotional work, including hosting The Making of Star Wars; for appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street; for The Star Wars Holiday Special; for commercials including Kenner toys, a no-smoking PSA, and even a breakfast cereal based on the character; and for prequel tie-ins such as Star Wars Connections and The Science of Star Wars. He also voiced C-3PO in a radio drama based on the original trilogy; for the Christmas-themed Christmas in the Stars album; for the Disneyland theme park attraction Star Tours; and also for three animated series: Droids, Star Wars: Clone Wars and The Clone Wars. He also provided the narration and all character voices for the Dark Force Rising and The Last Command audio books. Daniels also has a cameo in the Outlander nightclub scene early in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as a character Dannl Faytonni, who can also be seen at the Galaxies Opera House in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Aside from portraying C-3PO and Dannl Faytonni, Anthony Daniels also portrayed numerous minor characters such as CZ-3 in Episode 4. There is no exact record of how many minor background characters Daniels portrayed.

He was the only cast member of the Star Wars trilogy to voice his character in all three episodes of National Public Radio's dramatizations of the Star Wars trilogy (while Mark Hamill voiced Luke Skywalker for both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and Billy Dee Williams voiced Lando Calrissian for The Empire Strikes Back, when the Return of the Jedi adaptation was recorded many years later, Hamill and Williams were replaced by Joshua Fardon and Arye Gross, respectively).

Daniels also 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.

In The Phantom Menace, Daniels did the voice work for C-3PO but did not physically appear in the movie, as the character was a puppet instead of a costume - a prototype C-3PO controlled by someone else. He actually controlled the puppet for 2002's Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but all prototype scenes were cut, with the droid's first appearance in the movie being Daniels in costume. In this movie and 2005's Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he also dubbed the vocal tracks for some scenes that used CGI.

Daniels is currently on tour with Star Wars: In Concert, as the host and narrator.

Other notable works

Daniels was the voice of Legolas in Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. He crops up intermittently on British TV in various dramas, notably in a recurring role in Prime Suspect. He also played the priest in the 1990 British spoof horror film I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle.

Filmography

Star Wars

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: Pit Droids
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: Droids
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Tours (English and French)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)

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External links


This article uses material from the "Anthony Daniels" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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