The Actor Who Played Star Wars’ R2-D2 has past away. Kenny Baker, the actor who played the iconic droid R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars films, has died just two weeks short of his 82nd birthday.
The 3-foot-8 British actor was making his living working in circus acts, comedy troupes and ice shows when George Lucas cast him as R2-D2 in the first Star Wars film, released in 1977. In the third Star Wars movie, 1983’s Return of the Jedi, Baker also played an Ewok.
George Lucas said in a statement, “Kenny was truly the heart and soul of R2-D2 and will be missed by all his fans and everyone who knew him.”