Kenny Baker Dies


Kenny Baker, the British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films, has died aged 83.

Baker, who was just 3 feet 8 inches tall (112 centimetres) due to a form of dwarfism, passed away on Saturday after a long illness.

Born in Birmingham, England, the star’s small size saw him cast by Star Wars director George Lucas as R2-D2 in the original 1977 film, with Kenny placed inside the robot and operating it from within.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    That must have been a really hard job.

    • I bet it was stinky in there.

      • Clink9

        Such weirdos. I was just thinking that as I looked at the photos!

  • Spatchcocked

    Vastly underrated as a thespian…his deconstructed Hamlet at the Battersea Snuff Box Theatre won raves…..he played the troubled Dane as a gay leprechaun which signally liberated “little People” AND the emerging gay cohort throughout the worlds repertory extended family.
    His rapier wit was notorious as his pickup line with aspiring starlets was “care for a short one?” Along with a huge talent he possessed a Brobdingnagian temper. Stories abound of his attempting to bite the “tackle” of actors he felt had attempted to upstage him. Many a famous contemporary actors limp is the result of dear Ken giving them what he called his Richard 3rd maneouvre.
    A superior fencer he often boasted that actually his best swordplay he kept for the boudoir.

    We shall not see his like again…..

    • Daviddowntown

      Thespian is good, rapier also but brobdingnagian, now that deserves the post of the day all by itself. I couldn’t help myself I lol.

    • Blind Druid

      This must be the same guy who said to a gorgeous girl in a bar “What would you say to a little fuck?” She responds “Hello little fuck”.

  • Spatchcocked

    Thanks….took 4 beers but it amused me….
    Sometimes the news…our desperation for the news is so fucking risible.