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 all six of the Star Wars films, although stock footage was used for much of R2-D2's role in Revenge of the Sith. 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 eleven year old Warwick Davis.
Baker's other films include 1980's The Elephant Man, 1981's Time Bandits, 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."
- "The Real R2-D2... Kenny Baker"—Star Wars Insider 23
- "When Artoo Met Wicket"—Star Wars Insider 39
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 150
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Kenny Baker, the R2-D2 Robot in 'Star Wars,' Dies at 81 (2016-08-13). Archived from the original on August 28, 2017. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
- ↑ Metro.co.uk Interview with Kenny Baker
- ↑ Ward, Jason (2015-09-16). Little Actor Jimmy Vee Is Artoo-Detoo In Star Wars: Episode VIII?. Making Star Wars.
- ↑ WENN (2008-04-10). R2-D2 Actor Struck Down With Mystery Illness. Retrieved on August 13, 2016.