Star Wars R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker dies

The British actor, Kenny Baker, the man behind science fiction’s most famous robot, R2-D2, has died at the age of 83 due to long illness.

Kenny Baker was just 3ft8in tall, has played the R2-D2 in the Star Wars films – The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the three Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005.

He was often called as the R2D2 consultant. He experienced extreme temperatures inside the robotic prop during filming, he said in an interview.

Baker was born in Birmingham in 1934, and began acting at the age of 16, joining a number of troupes before getting his break in 1977. He also did cast in several familiar movies in the 1980s, including The Elephant Man, Time Bandits and Flash Gordan, among others.

Baker’s niece, Abigail Shield, told the Guardian that he had been ill for a number of years. “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.”