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British Actor Know for his Role as C-3PO in the "Star Wars" Series

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Anthony only ever wanted to be a professional actor. But England in the 1950's and 60's was not a land where acting was considered a safe profession. Parental influence guided him to a real career - the law.

Two years of study proved Anthony didn't want to be a lawyer. He sought satisfaction in amateur dramatics. But it wasn't enough. So he took a small bequest and turned it into his ticket to acting school for the next three years. There, Anthony was lucky to have excellent teachers in the mime and radio departments, two fields of art that would stand him in good stead in the future.

Leaving college in 1974, Anthony won a BBC Radio Award, which gave him a place in their Drama Company. After hundreds of productions, he left to go into theatre, shortly joining the National Theatre of Great Britain at The Young Vic. He toured abroad with them as well as acting in their London home. It was whilst playing in Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, that he got the call to meet George Lucas about a sci-fi movie.

Anthony was one of hundreds invited to meet the director. Given the difficulties of the proposed costume, Lucas was interested in Anthony's acting and mime skills. Anthony on the other hand wasn't interested at all. Having once demanded his money back on seeing 2001 - A Space Odyssey, he had never been attracted by the world of sci-fi. He refused the interview, not wishing to waste Lucas's time. Or indeed his own.

Coerced by his agent, Anthony did meet the director. But it was a concept painting of the character that actually gained his interest. He found the script incomprehensible but liked the golden droid and so was thrilled to be given the role.

The next day he was covered in plaster to make a mold of his body, the first step in creating the now globally recognised character. Six months later the costume was almost ready and filming began.

Anthony gave his performance without comment from the director. Later, Lucas would spend months trying to replace Anthony's vocal performance with the voices of various Hollywood actors. Eventually he decided nothing fitted the original like the original and generously asked Anthony to rerecord his own character voice.

The success of the original Star Wars originally eluded Anthony, as the company chose to suppress the human input of the mechanical man. This, and the physical problems of wearing such an uncomfortable suit made Anthony reluctant to participate further.

But adjustments were made so he happily filmed The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. His participation in The Phantom Menace was as an off-camera voice; not a satisfying method of characterisation, so he took over the arduous puppetry of the 'naked' C-3PO for Attack Of The Clones, once again providing live action and voice. Fully gold and shining in Episode III, The Revenge of the Sith, Anthony is the only actor to feature in all six Star Wars films.

Anthony has been involved in many of the spin-offs. Amongst other events, as the character he performed in the three radio dramatisations, tap-danced on The Muppet Show, promoted measles and polio vaccines, wrote and produced anti-smoking commercials, danced with Donny and Marie Osmond, took part in the Oscar Ceremonies, befriended Big Bird on Sesame Street filmed and voiced the animated figure in Disney's Star Tours ride, became a breakfast cereal, Kellogg's C-3POs, conducted the London Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestra and had his own cartoon series, Droids.

Anthony has written extensively about his experiences especially in his 'New Improved Wonder Column' (See under Journalism on this site) in the original Star Wars Insider, He produced his first comic book for Dark Horse, The Protocol Offensive. His writing skills were harnessed by Hasbro Interactive for their Monopoly Star Wars CD ROM.

Although the Star Wars saga has formed a major part of Anthony's career, he has interspersed those movies with a variety of television and stage appearances. These range from situation comedies such as Square Deal and Three Up Two Down to more serious dramas such as Prime Suspect and Priestly's Dangerous Corner.

Anthony also works as a presenter/producer of trade events and conferences. He has worked as a producer/creative designer on The Westminster Experience, The Guinness Taste Sensation, Singapore's Volcanoland. Bahrain's Magic Island, Dubai's Encounter Zone and The London Dungeon.

Anthony has been proud to present the Art of Star Wars and Star Wars - Where Science Meets Imagination in their various locations around the world. He has hosted/narrated various symphonic events, especially Star Wars In Concert in its American and European tours. He is currently working on the animated series The Clone Wars.

Anthony is a visiting scholar at the Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He is the proud holder of a Blue Peter Gold Badge. He lives in London, England.

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Anthony Daniels

British Actor Know for his Role as C-3PO in the "Star Wars" Series

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Anthony Daniels Biography

Anthony only ever wanted to be a professional actor. But England in the 1950's and 60's was not a land where acting was considered a safe profession. Parental influence guided him to a real career - the law.

Two years of study proved Anthony didn't want to be a lawyer. He sought satisfaction in amateur dramatics. But it wasn't enough. So he took a small bequest and turned it into his ticket to acting school for the next three years. There, Anthony was lucky to have excellent teachers in the mime and radio departments, two fields of art that would stand him in good stead in the future.

Leaving college in 1974, Anthony won a BBC Radio Award, which gave him a place in their Drama Company. After hundreds of productions, he left to go into theatre, shortly joining the National Theatre of Great Britain at The Young Vic. He toured abroad with them as well as acting in their London home. It was whilst playing in Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, that he got the call to meet George Lucas about a sci-fi movie.

Anthony was one of hundreds invited to meet the director. Given the difficulties of the proposed costume, Lucas was interested in Anthony's acting and mime skills. Anthony on the other hand wasn't interested at all. Having once demanded his money back on seeing 2001 - A Space Odyssey, he had never been attracted by the world of sci-fi. He refused the interview, not wishing to waste Lucas's time. Or indeed his own.

Coerced by his agent, Anthony did meet the director. But it was a concept painting of the character that actually gained his interest. He found the script incomprehensible but liked the golden droid and so was thrilled to be given the role.

The next day he was covered in plaster to make a mold of his body, the first step in creating the now globally recognised character. Six months later the costume was almost ready and filming began.

Anthony gave his performance without comment from the director. Later, Lucas would spend months trying to replace Anthony's vocal performance with the voices of various Hollywood actors. Eventually he decided nothing fitted the original like the original and generously asked Anthony to rerecord his own character voice.

The success of the original Star Wars originally eluded Anthony, as the company chose to suppress the human input of the mechanical man. This, and the physical problems of wearing such an uncomfortable suit made Anthony reluctant to participate further.

But adjustments were made so he happily filmed The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. His participation in The Phantom Menace was as an off-camera voice; not a satisfying method of characterisation, so he took over the arduous puppetry of the 'naked' C-3PO for Attack Of The Clones, once again providing live action and voice. Fully gold and shining in Episode III, The Revenge of the Sith, Anthony is the only actor to feature in all six Star Wars films.

Anthony has been involved in many of the spin-offs. Amongst other events, as the character he performed in the three radio dramatisations, tap-danced on The Muppet Show, promoted measles and polio vaccines, wrote and produced anti-smoking commercials, danced with Donny and Marie Osmond, took part in the Oscar Ceremonies, befriended Big Bird on Sesame Street filmed and voiced the animated figure in Disney's Star Tours ride, became a breakfast cereal, Kellogg's C-3POs, conducted the London Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestra and had his own cartoon series, Droids.

Anthony has written extensively about his experiences especially in his 'New Improved Wonder Column' (See under Journalism on this site) in the original Star Wars Insider, He produced his first comic book for Dark Horse, The Protocol Offensive. His writing skills were harnessed by Hasbro Interactive for their Monopoly Star Wars CD ROM.

Although the Star Wars saga has formed a major part of Anthony's career, he has interspersed those movies with a variety of television and stage appearances. These range from situation comedies such as Square Deal and Three Up Two Down to more serious dramas such as Prime Suspect and Priestly's Dangerous Corner.

Anthony also works as a presenter/producer of trade events and conferences. He has worked as a producer/creative designer on The Westminster Experience, The Guinness Taste Sensation, Singapore's Volcanoland. Bahrain's Magic Island, Dubai's Encounter Zone and The London Dungeon.

Anthony has been proud to present the Art of Star Wars and Star Wars - Where Science Meets Imagination in their various locations around the world. He has hosted/narrated various symphonic events, especially Star Wars In Concert in its American and European tours. He is currently working on the animated series The Clone Wars.

Anthony is a visiting scholar at the Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He is the proud holder of a Blue Peter Gold Badge. He lives in London, England.

Anthony Daniels Videos

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  • How to book Anthony Daniels?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Anthony Daniels for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Anthony Daniels, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Anthony Daniels or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Anthony Daniels?

    Booking fees for Anthony Daniels, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Anthony Daniels, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Anthony Daniels?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Anthony Daniels for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Anthony Daniels for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Anthony Daniels or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Anthony Daniels or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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