Kenny Baker was an English actor who was most renowned to have played the lovable droid R2D2 in the earliest Star Wars trilogy.
Kenny Baker was not only popular for his role in the Star Wars movies, but Kenny Baker also appeared in numerous other popular films of his time as well.
Besides being a successful actor, Kenny Baker was also a skilled musician and entertainer who worked in a variety show before launching his acting career with the first Star Wars movie in 1977.
About Kenny Baker
|Real Name||Kenneth George Baker|
|Date of Birth||24th August 1934|
|Date of Demise||13th August 2016|
|Age (at the time of death)||81 years|
|Place of Birth||Birmingham (Britain)|
|Education||Schooling from a boarding school|
|Height||3 ft 8"|
(112 cm) approximately
Family & Relationships
|Mother||Ethel Heath Baker|
|Net Worth||INR 14,00,00,000|
(USD 2 Million)
|Famous for||Man of the World (1962), Dave Allen at Large (1975), Star Wars, Wombling Free (1977), Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), The Empire Strikes Back, Flash Gordon, The Elephant Man (1980), Time Bandits, The Goodies - "Snow White 2" (1981), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Adventure Game, Amadeus (1984), Mona Lisa, Labyrinth (1986), Sleeping Beauty (1987), Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989), Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie (1990), Casualty - "Act of Faith" (1992), UFO (1993), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Swiss Toni - "Cars Don't Make You Fat" (2003), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Casualty - "The Miracle on Harry's Last Shift" (2007), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)|
|First Movie||Man of the World - "Specialist for the Kill" (1962)|
|Hobbies||Loved ice skating, standup comedy and acting|
Kenny Baker was extremely popular for playing the little droid R2D2 in all Star Wars movies till 2015. Kenny Baker earlier started a career by joining with a local theatrical group consisting of midgets and dwarves. After this first stint at show business, Kenny Baker also worked as a circus performer as an ice skating performer. Later on, Kenny Baker founded a comedy club along with entertainer Jack Purvis and became a popular as the Minitones in nightclubs. It was fate that George Lucas, the assistant director of Star Wars saw his performance and offered Kenny Baker the role of R2D2.
Kenny Baker’s age at the time of his death was around 81 years, as Kenny Baker was born on the 24th of August, 1934, in Birmingham and Kenny Baker’s death was on 13th August, 2016. Kenny Baker’s height was around 3 ft 8 inches (112 cm). Kenny Baker’s weight was around 40 kg (88 lbs). Kenny Baker’ hobbies included ice skating in his spare time while Kenny Baker’s passions were standup comedy and acting.
Kenny Baker’s father was Harold Baker, who was an artist, a musician and a draftsman. Kenny Baker’s mother was Ethel Heath Baker, who was a pianist as well as a dressmaker by profession. Kenny Baker was the only child to his parents through their marriage and hence Kenny Baker did not have siblings. Kenny Baker’s relationship status at the time of his death was widowed. Kenny Baker’s wife was Eileen Baker, an actress. Kenny Baker was married to his wife from 1970 till her death in 1993.
Thanks to his successful career as an actor, musician and entertainer, Kenny Baker’s net worth was estimated around INR 14 crores (USD 2 Million) at the time of his demise in 2016.
Interesting Facts About Kenny Baker
- Kenny Baker, along with co-star Anthony Daniels, who portrays the droid C-3PO, are the only two actors to have appeared in every Star Wars movie till date.
- Kenny Baker also began touring as a solo standup act titled “Kenny Baker” in 1977 and continued till a little before his death.
- Kenny Baker not only played R2D2 in Star Wars movies, but Kenny Baker also portrayed the Ewok, Paploo, who steals the speed bike from Imperial Stormtroopers in ‘Return of the Jedi’ (1983).
- Kenny Baker was also slated to play the more popular Ewok, Wicket, but had to forfeit his role when he suffered from a case of food poisoning right before the shooting.
- Kenny Baker’s biography, titled “Tiny Acorns: The Kenny Baker Story” was also published and released in November, 2009.