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Kenny Baker with R2-D2

Kenny Baker (b. 1934) is an actor best known for playing R2-D2 in all six Star Wars films. Although R2 made several Muppet related appearances, Baker did not perform the character: "On the few times that there was a Star Wars special they would use the three legged R2, like on The Muppet Show."

However, Baker did work with Jim Henson, as a member of the goblin corps in Labyrinth. His other films include Time Bandits, The Elephant Man, and Amadeus.

External links

  • IMDb
  • 2005 Online Interview
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Starwars

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

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Kenny Baker
Biographical information
Born

August 24, 1934

Nationality

British

Career
Star Wars work

Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI

Other work of note

The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Labyrinth.

Kenny Baker (born August 24, 1934) is a British actor best known as the man inside of R2-D2 in the film series.

Baker's lesser known role as Paploo the Ewok.

Baker, at 3 feet, 8 inches (112 cm) tall, was a circus and cabaret performer with entertainer Jack Purvis when George Lucas hired him to be the man inside R2-D2 in Star Wars in 1977. Though both he and his wife have dwarfism, their two sons do not. Baker appears in five of the six Star Wars films; though credited on Episode III, he never filmed any scenes. George Lucas decided to credit him in the film out of loyalty. Baker even played an additional role in 1983's Return of the Jedi as Paploo, the Ewok who stole an Imperial speeder bike. He was originally going to play Wicket W. Warrick, but he fell ill, and that role was handed over to Warwick Davis.

Baker has also worked with George Lucas outside of the Star Wars films. Baker had an uncredited role as R2-D2 in Star Tours and an uncredited role as a Nelwyn band member in Willow, as well as a role as the Goblin Corps in Labyrinth.

Baker's other films include 1980's The Elephant Man, 1981's Time Bandits, 1984's and the 1986 Jim Henson film Labyrinth. In the late 1990s, Baker launched a stand up comedy career. Kenny is a first class mouth-organ player and rates his guest appearance with the James Coutts Scottish Dance Band at Hugh McCaig's Silverstone Party in July 1997 as probably his "finest musical experience."

Baker was recently hospitalized on April 9, 2008 for a "Mystery Illness."[1]

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This article uses material from the "Kenny Baker" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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