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‘Rogue One': 10 Facts You Might Not Know About the Death Star (Photos)

15 December 2016 6:05 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

That’s no moon. That’s…well, you know what it is. The Death Star is one of the most iconic images in the “Star Wars” universe; a symbol of overwhelming destruction and totalitarian might with a weakness that can be exploited by the humblest of heroes. Now it is taking center stage again in “Rogue One.” As Gareth Edwards takes us back to the days of the Galactic Empire, here’s some facts about the infamous space station you might not have known. The design for the Death Star was made by “Star Wars” SFX artist John Stears, who also created the designs. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Rip 'Star Wars' actor Kenny Baker, the man who made R2-D2 real

13 August 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm saddened to report today that Star Wars actor Kenny Baker, best known for playing R2-D2, has passed away. The Guardian reported the actor "has died at the age of 81 after a long illness." [Update: The Guardian previously stated he was 83] Baker, who also played Paploo the Ewok in the Star Wars franchise, also had roles in Labyrinth, Time Bandits, and Flash Gordon. His niece Abigail Shield 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's wife Eileen passed away in 1993, they had two children. R2-D2 was created by George Lucas, designed by Ralph McQuarrie, co-developed by John Stears, built by Tony Dyson, and had vocal effects from Ben Burtt. Baker was »

- Jill Pantozzi

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R2-D2 Creator Tony Dyson Dies at 68

4 March 2016 7:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tony Dyson, who built the “Star Wars” droid R2-D2, was found dead in his home on the Maltese island of Gozo, according to multiple media reports. He was 68.

Dyson’s body was discovered after friends alerted police that they had not seen him for several days, the Times of Malta reports. There was no immediate suspicion of foul play and Dyson likely died of natural causes, according to the paper.

R2-D2 made his first appearance in 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Dyson built the R2-D2 models — designed by illustrator Ralph McQuarrie with special effects artist John Stears — used in the film, including the one worn by actor Kenny Baker.

According to Dyson’s official website, he was commissioned to build eight different versions of R2-D2. “I can honestly say it was one of the most exciting periods of my life,” he said.

“The love for R2 is »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Tony Dyson, Creator of ‘Star Wars’ Droid R2-D2, Dies at 68

4 March 2016 7:30 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tony Dyson, the man who helped the create the R2-D2 robot for the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 68. According to multiple media reports overseas, police found his body at his home in Gozo, an island in Malta, after being called by concerned neighbors. Police suspect no foul play. R2-D2, who first appeared in 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope,” was designed by Ralph McQuarrie and John Stears. Dyson, however, was the one who created the two physical models for the film, one of which included the one that could be worn by actor Kenny Baker. Also Read: 'Star Wars:. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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