Anthony Daniels is the British actor best known for his role as C-3PO in all of the Star Wars films. He made C-3PO an unforgettable character with his inimitable voice and his lovely manner, a creative accomplishment recognized in 2004 when C-3PO was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame.
Anthony Daniels seemed destined to be a lawyer before he admitted that a career in acting had always been his goal. He eventually spent three years at drama college in England. Graduating in 1974, Anthony had already won the prestigious BBC Radio Award. His wide-ranging experiences in radio drama would one day lead him to be the voice as well as the body of C-3PO.
Daniels was appearing in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead when George Lucas asked to meet him to discuss a possible role in a low budget, science fiction movie. Lucas was interested in employing Anthony's mime as well as acting skills to bring one of the characters to life. Although he was initially reluctant to become involved, Daniels agreed at this first meeting to be completely covered in plaster - the first step to creating the now internationally recognized figure of the golden robot. The rest, as they say, is movie history!
Anthony Daniels is the only actor to be featured in all six Star Wars movies. His name is the also answer to this popular movie trivia question:
Which actor has the first and the last line in the Star Wars saga?
Daniels has been involved in numerous Star Wars spin-offs, notably appearing on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. In addition to his creative contribution to the cartoon series, Droids, Daniels was the inspiration behind the gold figure in Disney's Star Tours ride. As the beloved C-3PO, he inspired a breakfast cereal (Kellogg's C-3PO's), promoted measles and polio vaccines, and wrote and produced a campaign of anti-smoking public service campaign announcements.
Anthony Daniels is the spokesman and host for the popular Art and Science of Star Wars Exhibition around the world and Star Wars - Where Science Meets Imagination, the inspirational science exhibition currently on tour to major sites in the USA. He has also written and hosted a series of symphonic events, Star Wars - The Concert and has written extensively about his experiences as a part of the Star Wars phenomenon.
He is currently working on related projects with the Discovery Channel and the Boston Science Museum, and conducting seminars as a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.
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