Saturday August 13, 2016

Kenny Baker, Actor Behind R2-D2, Dies

The guy who was behind everyone’s favorite Astromech has passed away at the age of 83. Mr. Baker began performing in 1950 at the age of 16, later forming a musical comedy act "The Mini Tones." It wasn’t until 1977 that he would star in his most recognizable role.

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The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 83 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character. 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. Baker also appeared in a number of other much-loved films in the 1980s, including The Goonies, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.