The Man Who Brought R2-D2 to Life Is Dead

Kenny Baker played the famous droid in six Star Wars films
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2016 12:09 PM CDT
Kenny Baker and George Lucas greet each other upon arrival at the European premiere of "The Force Awakens" in London last year. Baker, who played R2-D2, died this week at the age of 83.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – The man behind everyone's favorite droid is dead at the age of 81. The Guardian reports British actor Kenny Baker was found dead Saturday morning following a long illness. Baker played R2-D2 across six Star Wars films covering a span of 28 years, starting with A New Hope in 1977 and ending with Revenge of the Sith in 2005. The 3-foot-8-inch-tall actor, who was told he probably wouldn't live past puberty, also appeared in The Goonies, Flash Gordon, and more. "He brought lots of happiness to people, and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world," his niece says. Lung problems had forced Baker into a wheelchair in recent years, and he was too sick to travel to Los Angeles for the premiere of The Force Awakens last year. (Read more obituary stories.)

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