Kenny Baker Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Birmingham, England, UK
Died in Preston, Lancashire, England, UK  (illness)
Birth NameKenneth George Baker
Height 3' 8" (1.12 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kenny Baker was born on August 24, 1934 in Birmingham, England. He is known for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Time Bandits (1981) and The Elephant Man (1980). He was married to Eileen Baker. He died on August 13, 2016 in Preston, Lancashire, England.

Family (2)

Spouse Eileen Baker (1970 - 1993)  (her death)  (2 children)
Children Baker, Kenny
Baker, Christopher

Trade Mark (1)

Best known as R2D2 from the Star Wars films

Trivia (10)

He and Anthony Daniels are the only actors to have a role in all seven Star Wars movies. However, Baker worked only as an uncredited consultant in the seventh film while Daniels actually appeared in all seven films.
Children with Eileen Baker did not inherit their parents' dwarfism.
As of 2016, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Star Wars (1977), The Elephant Man (1980) and Amadeus (1984), with the latter winning in the category.
He was the son of Ethel (Heath) and Harold G. Baker.
Died the same year as his Star Wars co-stars Carrie Fisher and Erik Bauersfeld.
Kenny Baker along with fellow 'Star Wars' actor Anthony Daniels -- or rather their droid costumes -- had their footprints pressed into cement on August 3, 1977 at the famous TCL Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Reportedly, Anthony Daniels was actually inside his C-3PO costume, but R2-D2 was remote-controlled by Mick Garris.
In addition to his role of R2 D2 in return of the Jedi he was due to play Ewok Wicket but fell victim to food poisoning so the part of Wicket went to Warwick Davis and Kenny played Ewok Paploo.
Prior to becoming R2D2 Kenny was busy with cabaret and television appearances and turned down Star Wars a couple of times until an agreement was made that allowed him to fit in his other work around the filming.
Was half of the musical comedy double act The Minitones with Jack Purvis.
He has appeared in four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, & Amadeus.

Personal Quotes (4)

I skated in ice shows all over Europe and South Africa for 20 years. I love to ice skate.
I've been in show business for 50, no, 60 years. I was approached in school to join a variety act.
I started out Ice skating with 'Holiday On Ice' and just got offered the part of R2 by chance.
[on Anthony Daniels] Anthony doesn't mix at all-he keeps himself to himself. He never wants to have a drink with any of us. Once when I said hello to him he just turned his back on me and said, 'Can't you see I'm having a conversation?' I was blazing with rage. It was the rudest thing anyone had ever done to me. I was furious. It was unbelievable.

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