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Kenny Baker, Actor Behind R2-D2, Dies


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Barb
- 983 days ago - theguardian.com
The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 81 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character.



   

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Animae C (508)
Saturday August 13, 2016, 4:12 pm
i didn't know there was an actor in R2-D2!!!
 

Barb Knight (1685)
Saturday August 13, 2016, 4:12 pm
He went on to play the character in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the three Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005. He also appeared in a number of other much loved films in the 1980s, including The Elephant Man, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.

His niece, Abigail Shield, paid tribute to her uncle. She told the Guardian: “It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”

Baker and Shield’s father, Ian, grew up in Birmingham. She said: “When he was a child, he was told that he probably wouldn’t survive through puberty, being a little person in those times, they didn’t have a very good life expectancy.
 

Barb Knight (1685)
Saturday August 13, 2016, 4:15 pm
I didn't know it either AniMae until I watched World News a little while ago!
 

Freya H (345)
Saturday August 13, 2016, 5:18 pm
Break, break my heart! R2D2 is my favorite character in the movies. Rust - I mean, rest - in peace, Kenny.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday August 13, 2016, 5:54 pm
I knew there was an actor but I'm afraid until now I didn't know who. RIP
 

Wendi M (9)
Saturday August 13, 2016, 7:22 pm
RIP Kenny Baker you will always be the best Space Companion Robot or not you made every Star Wars film you were on that much more enjoyable
 

Mandi T (367)
Saturday August 13, 2016, 10:12 pm
RIP
 

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday August 14, 2016, 12:41 am
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