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Kenny Baker, Who Originated R2-D2 in Star Wars, Has Died at 81

13 August 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

After battling a long unnamed illness, Kenny Baker has reportedly died. The actor, who originated the role of R2-D2 in George Lucas' Star Wars franchise, was just two weeks shy of his 82nd birthday when he passed away, his family confirmed to the BBC. His agent Johnny Mans told the BBC that the actor had been ill for a couple of years, and had been cared for by his nephew. Born in Birmingham, England, Baker lived in Preston. A father of two, his wife, Eileen, died in 1993. She was also an actress, co-starring with him in the 1997 film Wombling Free. »

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