Celebrity Birthday of the Day – February 21

Save for a few small TV and movie roles, Anthony Daniels has built his entire career on his role as the prissy golden droid C-3PO in the Star Wars movies, cartoons, TV specials, video games and more. Born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, Daniels was never a fan of science fiction, and prior to landing his role in Star Wars, the only sci-fi film he had ever seen in theatres was 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he hated so much that he walked out and demanded his money back after only ten minutes. Besides Star Wars, Daniels has played roles in the Ralph Bakshi adaptation of The Lord of the Rings as Legolas, in the 1990 film I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle, in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Attack of the Hawkmen, and on the TV series Centre Play, A Life at Stake, The Edison Twins, Singles, and Dramarama. But as I said before, the real meat of Daniels’ career is Star Wars, as he has played C-3PO in no fewer than 26 films, TV shows and video games. He’s the only actor to appear in every Star Wars movie, and still plays C-3PO to this day in the animated Clone Wars cartoons and the upcoming live-action TV series Star Wars: Underworld. Anthony Daniels turns 66 today.

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