Saturday, August 13, 2016

R2D2 RIP

Kenny Baker, the British actor inside the R2-D2 "droid" in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 81 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, became famous in 1977 when he first played the robot character.

He went on to play the character in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the Star Wars prequel trilogy from 1999 to 2005.This made him and Antony Daniels who played his fellow "droid" C3-PO the only actors to appear in all six of the original Star Wars series of films.
The film company that made the movies, 20th Century Fox, posted a photograph of C3PO standing next to Baker’s Star Wars character, and wrote: “Rest in peace, Kenny Baker, the heart and soul of R2D2.”

He also appeared in a number of other much loved films in the 1980s, such as The Elephant Man, 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.”

Rest in Peace

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