Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels


2/21/1946, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK

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Anthony was born on February the 21st 1946 in Salisbury, England. He was educated in a public school in the Yorkshire countryside where he first developed his passion for drama. However, he chose a more practical career in law rather than move straight into acting. After two years…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Anthony has been described as a standoffish by other members of the Star Wars cast. Particularly Kenny Baker who has been feuding with Anthony for thirty years.

    • Anthony appeared as a second character in the Star Wars saga. Lieutenant Dannl Faytonni, a background character in Star Wars episodes 2 and 3.

    • Anthony has appeared as C3P0 on The Sesame Street and on The Muppets Show.

    • Mel Blanc, who was in contention for the role, was the one who ultimately suggested Anthony for the voice of C3-PO.

    • Anthony is the first actor to appear in both a Star Wars film and a Lord of the Rings adaptation, by having played C-3PO in Star Wars, and voicing Legolas in Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings. Other crossover actors include Paul Brooke (the Rancor keeper, who also voiced Grima Wormtongue in the BBC radio adaptation), Christopher Lee (who played Count Dooku and Saruman), Marton Csokas (who played Celeborn and was the original voice of Poggle the Lesser), Kiran Shah (who played an Ewok, and was the scale double for Elijah Wood and Ian Holm), and Bruce Spence (who played Tion Medon and the Mouth of Sauron).

    • Anthony, as C-3PO has planted his 'metal' footprints in the courtyard pavement of Mann's (formerly Graumans's) Chinese Theatre.

    • George Lucas was originally going to have a voice actor play the part of C3P0 in Star Wars but decided during production that Anthony's british butler performance was the only one that fitted the character.

    • Anthony and Kenny Baker are the only actors to have a role in all six Star Wars movies.

    • Anthony Daniels: Ironically enough, Anthony Daniels was never a science fiction fan. The only science fiction film he ever saw in a theatre was 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). He was so disatisfied with the movie that he walked out after only ten minutes and demanded his money back!

    • Anthony as C3PO, he has the first line in the first Star Wars (Star Wars (1977)) and the last line in the last Star Wars (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)).

    • Anthony decided to play the role of C3P0 because he was impressed by a Ralph McQuarrie painting, for Star Wars, in Lucas's office.

    • Anthony's first role was as a 65 year old in She Stoops to Conquer.

    • Daniel lives in London, England.

    • Anthony Daniels has launched a campaign against fraudsters who are selling forged copies of his autographs on his website.

    • In 1974, Daniels won the Carlton Hobbs BBC Radio Award.

    • He studied to be a lawyer, but abandoned this career after two years.

    • He studied at a minor public school in the middle of the Yorkshire countryside.

    • In August, 1999, Anthony Daniels was the guest of honour at the Sci-Fi Congress "Shadowcon 4" in Oslo, Norway.

    • He was the voice of Legolas in "The Lord of the Rings" animated film.

    • He provided the narration and all character voices for the Star Wars audio books: "Dark Force Rising" and "The Last Command".

    • He was an extra in episode 2 in the bar scene.

    • Height : 5' 9" (1.75 m)

  • Quotes

    • Anthony Daniels: (On Star Wars) George's devotion to digital effects over-balanced the films. Too many digital funky characters become a little bit wearing. The storytelling always gets subsumed.

    • Anthony Daniels: (on the first time he saw the sketch of C-3PO) When I saw the painting by the design artist, the eyes of the character looked deep into my soul. He was a very forlorn figure with an abandoned air. He really did look into my soul. We made this tremendous contact.

    • Anthony Daniels: (On Star Wars) The first film spoke to everyone on the planet. It still works as a funny, bright movie. It still has its legs.

    • Anthony Daniels: I have a greater appreciation for kitchen appliances, having played one.

    • Anthony Daniels: When I listened to John Williams' gorgeous music mixed with the closing images on screen it was such a soul-turning experience that I simply cried.

    • Anthony Daniels: (About his role as C-3PO). I was cast against will actually. I was quite insulted to be offered a role as a robot; I mean I was a serious actor. I wasn't going to be in some weird American movie as a robot, yet my agent insisted on it.

    • Anthony Daniels: (About his role in Star Wars). When the first movie was coming out people didn't even know I was in it.