Kenny Baker

Actor
His small stature of 3'8" - while possibly a hindrance for some - proved to be an asset for actor-comedian Kenny Baker, as it allowed him to portray one of pop culture's most iconic characters, the barrel-shaped droid ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1934 in Birmingham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

When Star Wars Ruled the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 2002 (Movie)

R2-D2 (Actor)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

R2-D2 (Actor)

U.F.O. 1992 (Movie)

Casanova (Actor)

Sleeping Beauty 1987 (Movie)

Elf (Actor)

Labyrinth 1986 (Movie)

Goblin (Actor)

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

Brighton Busker (Actor)

Amadeus 1984 (Movie)

Parody Commendatore (Actor)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

Paploo (Actor)

Flash Gordon 1980 (Movie)

Dwarf (Actor)

The Elephant Man 1980 (Movie)

Plumed Dwarf (Actor)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

R2-D2 (Actor)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

(R2-D2) (Actor)

Wombling Free 1977 (Movie)

Bungo (Actor)

At the Circus (Movie)

Jeff Wilson (Actor)

Silver Skates (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Show)

Actor

The King and the Chorus Girl (Movie)

Soloist (Actor)

Biography

His small stature of 3'8" - while possibly a hindrance for some - proved to be an asset for actor-comedian Kenny Baker, as it allowed him to portray one of pop culture's most iconic characters, the barrel-shaped droid R2-D2 in "Star Wars" (1977). Using his dwarfism to his advantage from an early age, Baker went directly from school to the world of entertainment, working in the theater, the circus, and even in a long-running ice show. Teaming with Jack Purvis, another similarly vertically-challenged performer, he formed the successful musical-comedy act The Mini-Tones prior to being cast in the blockbuster "Star Wars." Baker returned for the sequel "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), in addition to appearances in "The Elephant Man" (1980), "Time Bandits" (1981) and "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983). There were other small roles in films like "Amadeus" (1984) and "Labyrinth" (1986) prior to Baker's return to the stage and comedy circuit before he was called back into service by "Star Wars" director George Lucas in 1999. With the completion of the third prequel film, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" (2005), Baker and co-star Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) became the only two actors to perform in all six "Star Wars" films. Although hidden within a metallic shell, Baker's performance imbued the adorably cantankerous R2-D2 with a humanity appreciated by generations of fans the world over.

Milestones

2005

Returned as R2D2 in the final installment of the Star Wars series' "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"

2002

Once again portrayed R2D2 in "Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

1999

Reprised role of R2D2 in "Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace"

1997

Toured Britain as a one man comedy tour called "Kenny Baker"

1986

Played a Village Goblin in the Jim Henson directed "Labyrinth," starring David Bowie Bowie and Jennifer Connelly

1984

Cast as Parody Commendatore in the academy award winning film "Amadeus"

1983

Appeared in a dual role as the Ewok, 'Paploo' and R2D2 in "Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi"

1981

Starred as Fidgit in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits," with Sean Connery and John Cleese

1980

Reprised role of R2D2 in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back"

1980

Appeared as a Dwarf in the sci-fi feature "Flash Gordon," adapted from the 1930's comic strip

1980

Cast as the Plumed Dwarf, opposite John Hurt in David Lynch's "The Elephant Man"

1977

Played the loveable android R2D2 in George Lucas' record-breaking sci-fi fantasy "Star Wars"

1960

Made feature debut as a Dwarf in "Circus of Horrors"

1950

Started his performing career at the age of 16, when he joined Burton Lester's Midgets

Joined Billy Smart's Circus as a clown and shadow Ringmaster

Bonus Trivia

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Height is 3 Feet, 8 inches tall

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Website: www.kennybaker.co.uk/

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