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.