Born: 24 August 1934
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Best known as: The actor who plays R2-D2 in Star Wars
Kenny Baker was already an accomplished circus and cabaret performer when he took the role of R2-D2
in the 1977 sci-fi film Star Wars
. His height won him the part: at 3'8" tall, Baker was small enough to fit inside the tiny robot. The film was a hit and director George Lucas
went on to make a series of sequels; Baker and Anthony Daniels
, who plays robot C-3P0
, are the only actors to appear in all six Star Wars
films to date. (Baker also doubled as a furry Ewok in 1983's The Return of the Jedi
.) Baker's other films include Time Bandits
(1981) and the Jim Henson
(1986, with Jennifer Connelly
). He also has a long-running cabaret act with entertainer Jack Purvis.
As R2-D2, Baker himself is never seen and his voice is not used in the role… Baker is no relation to the British trumpeter Kenny Baker.
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