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18 Adorable Truths About Anthony Daniels

1. He is best known for portraying the droid C-3PO in the Star Wars film series.

2. Daniels was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, the son of a plastics company executive. He studied law for two years at university and then dropped out to participate in amateur dramatics and attend acting school.

3. After leaving school in 1974, Daniels worked on BBC Radio and for the National Theatre of Great Britain at The Young Vic.

4. Whilst working in the theatre, he was invited to meet director George Lucas who was casting for Star Wars.

5. Daniels at first turned down the interview but was persuaded by his agent to meet Lucas.

6. Never a science fiction fan, Daniels has said that before his role in Star Wars the only science fiction film he had ever seen in a theatre was 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968; he was so displeased with the film that he walked out after 10 minutes and demanded his money back. However, in a 2011 interview he said that he had watched it for longer than 10 minutes, and having since watched it in full, now regards it as a masterpiece.

7. In the same interview, he said he enjoyed post-apocalyptic films such as Mad Max.

8. Daniels has played C-3PO in all seven of the Star Wars feature films from the original installment in the series, as both the body and voice of the golden robot.

9. In Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he wore a blue Spandex costume so that during editing of the movie his body could be turned into many different wires and circuits.

10. Daniels has reprised the role for various promotional work such as hosting The Making of Star Wars, Star Wars Connections and The Science of Star Wars; for appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street and an anti-smoking public service announcement; for Star Wars Holiday Special; in advertising for Star Wars licensed products such as Kenner toys; and even a breakfast cereal based on the character.

11. Daniels voiced C-3PO in the Star Wars radio serial based on the original trilogy.

12. He also provided the narration and all character voices for the audio books Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.

13. Daniels 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.

14. Daniels is the only actor to act in the original seven films, the 2008 Clone Wars film, and the related television series.

15. Daniels also makes cameo appearances as a humanoid in two scenes of the feature films.

16. His character, Lieutenant Dannl Faytonni, is named as a tribute to his own name, albeit in modified form.

17. The character appears in the Outlander nightclub scene early in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as a man in blue uniform who can be seen in a cutaway reaction shot after Obi-Wan disarms the bounty hunter Zam Wesell.

18. Faytonni can also be seen at the Galaxies Opera House in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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