R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker dies at age of 81

Aug

14

2016

Kenny Baker, the actor who the famous droid R2-D2 starred in Star Wars: Episode I to VI, deceased on Saturday after a long illness. The 112-centimeter-long actor was 81 years.

Which reported the Guardian on Saturday night. It was expected that Baker by its exceptionally short length would not live long, but hopes he has not made true. Indeed, by its length the man from Birmingham was perfect for the role of the little R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies. For the seventh film, The Force Awakens, Baker had the role of consultant. The premiere in Los Angeles could not attend Baker by his health in December, but the European premiere in London though. According to the IMDb credits the role in the movie played by anyone, so there will be done with special effects.

Across The Guardian reports his niece, Abigail Shield that his death “was not unexpected, yet very unfortunate. He lived a long and full life. He brought people a lot of fun and we celebrate the fact that he was so well known and loved all over the world. We are very proud of what he has achieved in his life. ” She also says that he had many problems with his lungs later in life and often sat in a wheelchair.

In an interview in 2014, tracked by Quartz, Baker said he had initially turned down the role of R2-D2. “I do not need to be stuck in a robot,” he said. If he knew what would be successful Star Wars, he would have done it for nothing, especially since Luke would have had at the time of A New Hope “not a penny to smacking.” “That’s all hindsight, I should have done it for nothing.”

Condolences, among others, Mark Hamill and Ewan McGregor , pouring in on Twitter.

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