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Anthony Daniels (born February 21, 1946 in Salisbury, England) is an English actor who portrayed and voiced the droid C-3PO in the Star Wars films. He is the only actor to be credited to appear in all nine Star Wars episodic films, as well as Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the animated feature Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Biography[]

During the production of the original Star Wars film, Daniels helped George Lucas develop the character, voice, and mannerisms of C-3PO. Aside from playing the fussy droid in all nine 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, an anti-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; for the animated film The Lego Movie; and for four animated series: Droids, Star Wars: Clone Wars, The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels. He provided both narration and all character voices for the Dark Force Rising and The Last Command audio books.

Daniels has a cameo outside of the C-3PO costume in the Outlander nightclub scene early in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones as a character named Dannl Faytonni. Faytonni 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 played numerous minor characters such as CZ-3 in A New Hope. The exact number of such characters Daniels played is unknown.

He was the only cast member of the original trilogy to voice his character in all three episodes of National Public Radio's dramatizations of that 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 writings include The New 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 version of the protocol droid controlled by someone else. He actually controlled the puppet for 2002's 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 Revenge of the Sith, he also dubbed the vocal tracks for some scenes that used computer-generated imagery.

Daniels was the host and narrator of Star Wars: In Concert.

In 2019, Daniels published an autobiography, I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story.[2]

Filmography[]

Year Title Series Contribution(s) Notes
1977 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope C-3PO
1978 Star Wars Immunization PSA C-3PO A PSA promoting child immunization
1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special C-3PO
1980 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back C-3PO
1980 Star Wars Anti-Smoking PSA C-3PO, Writer[3] A PSA to stop smoking
1982 Return of the Ewok C-3PO Unreleased, filmed to promote Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
1983 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi C-3PO
1984 Kellogg's C-3PO's cereal commercial 1 C-3PO Promoted the C-3PO's cereal
1984 Kellogg's C-3PO's cereal commercial 2 C-3PO Promoted the C-3PO's cereal
1985 "The White Witch" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "Escape Into Terror" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "The Trigon Unleashed Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "A Race to the Finish" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "The Lost Prince" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "The New King" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "The Pirates of Tarnoonga" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "The Revenge of Kybo Ren" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "Coby and the Starhunters" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "Tail of the Roon Comets" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "The Roon Games" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "Across the Roon Sea" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1985 "The Frozen Citadel" Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1986 The Great Heep Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO C-3PO
1986 George Lucas' Star Tours C-3PO
1999 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace C-3PO
2002 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones C-3PO, Dannl Faytonni
2004 "Chapter 15" Star Wars: Clone Wars C-3PO
2004 "Chapter 16" Star Wars: Clone Wars C-3PO
2005 "Chapter 21" Star Wars: Clone Wars C-3PO
2005 "Chapter 23" Star Wars: Clone Wars C-3PO
2005 Animal Icons: Star Wars Creatures Narration
2005 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith C-3PO, Dannl Faytonni
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2008 "Destroy Malevolence Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2008 "Bombad Jedi" Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2009 "Trespass" Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2009 "Blue Shadow Virus Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2009 "Hostage Crisis" Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2009 "Senate Spy" Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2010 "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2010 "Evil Plans" Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2011 "The Citadel" Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2011 LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace C-3PO
2011 "Mercy Mission" Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2011 "Nomad Droids" Star Wars: The Clone Wars C-3PO
2012 LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out C-3PO
2013 "The Phantom Clone" LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles C-3PO
2013 "Menace of the Sith" LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles C-3PO
2013 "The Dark Side Rises" LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles C-3PO
2013 "Attack of the Jedi" LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles C-3PO
2014 "Escape from the Jedi Temple" LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles C-3PO
2014 "Race for the Holocrons" LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles C-3PO
2014 "Raid on Coruscant" LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles C-3PO
2014 "Droids in Distress" Star Wars Rebels C-3PO
2014 "Clash of the Skywalkers" LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles C-3PO
2015 "Exit from Endor" LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales C-3PO
2015 "Crisis on Coruscant" LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales C-3PO
2015 "Mission to Mos Eisley" LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales C-3PO
2015 "Flight of the Falcon" LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales C-3PO
2015 "Gambit on Geonosis" LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales C-3PO
2015 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens C-3PO
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story C-3PO
2017 "Beasts of Echo Base" Star Wars: Forces of Destiny C-3PO
2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi C-3PO
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Tak
2018 "The Recruit" Star Wars Resistance C-3PO Credited in Part 1[4]
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker C-3PO
2020 The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special C-3PO
2022 "Part I" Obi-Wan Kenobi C-3PO

Gameography[]

Year Title Contribution(s) Format
1999 Star Wars: Pit Droids C-3PO PC-3OC, iPhone
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 C-3PO Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2016 LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens C-3PO Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2019 Star Wars: Project Porg C-3PO Magic Leap One
2020 Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge C-3PO Oculus Quest
2021 Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge – Last Call C-3PO Oculus Quest
2022 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga C-3PO PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch

Bibliography[]

Year Title Format Contribution(s) Notes
1997 Star Wars Droids: The Protocol Offensive Comic book Author Co-written with Ryder Windham
2012 Dark Force Rising audiobook Audio novel Voiced C-3PO Penguin House Audio
2012 The Last Command audiobook Audio novel Voiced C-3PO Penguin House Audio
2015 Episode IV: A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CD Young reader Voiced C-3PO
2019 I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story Novel Author Anthony Daniels' autobiography

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Daniels, with his costume during the prequel trilogy.

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