“If I told you half the things I've heard about this Jabba the Hutt, you'd probably short circuit." - C-3PO in Star Wars : Return of the Jedi.
True fans of the Star Wars will remember the golden geeky robot with cheeky responses always finding himself in trouble. C-3PO was a protocol droid designed to maintain cyborg-human relations, and along with R2D2, (another droid) was one of only two characters to appear in all seven Star Wars film episodes. But you may be guessing, who played this character in the movies? Anthony Daniels is the man. Let's go through his bio now.
Born on 21st of February,1946 in Salisbury, England, Anthony's height is 5 feet 9 inches. Apart from being an actor, voice and mime artist by profession, he is also an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. At age 69, he is best known for his portrayal of C-3PO in the Star Wars franchise. Son of a plastic company executive, Anthony dropped out of university after two years of law study to participate in drama and attend acting school until 1974. He worked at the National Theatre of Great Britain and BBC Radio. During his time at the theatre, he was pursuaded by his agent to meet George Lucas, the director of Star Wars. Reluctant at first, Daniels finally went on to act on a movie that in 1977 would create a new legion of sci-fi fans globally.
Daniel's portrayal of his character C-3PO goes beyond the movies. He is the only cast of the Star Wars movies to have voiced C-3PO on multiple platforms and occasions. He has hosted programs and radio shows related to the franchise as well as promotional campaigns, such as The Making of Star Wars, Star Wars Connections and The Science of Star Wars, Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars : In Concert etc. He also lent his voice for four animated series : Droids, Star Wars : Clone Wars, Star Wars : The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. This makes his Star Wars career such an interesting one, since he is the only actor to be in the original films (all seven of them!), the Clone Wars film (2008) and related TV series.
His writing credits include co-writing the Return of the Jedi radio drama, Wonder Column for Star Wars Insider magazine and a comic adventure featuring C-3PO and R2D2 published by Dark Horse Comics, titled The Protocol Offensive.
Daniels is fixed to play C-3PO in two more Star Wars movies after The Force Awakens, set to be released in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
Daniels married his second wife in 2014, and he has a son from his first wife.Apart from Star Wars franchise, Daniels has appeared on British TV drama shows, the most notable being Prime Suspect. He also acted in the 1990 horror-comedy film I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle, playing the role of a priest. His other notable voice acting may be that of Legolas in Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings (1978), an animated film.
Fans would do well to go watch Star Wars : The Force Awakens right-away, if they haven't. Have You?