Kenneth George Baker (24 August 1934 – 13 August 2016) was an English actor and musician. He is best remembered for portraying the character R2-D2 in the Star Wars science fiction movie franchise.
While working with Purvis and the Minitones; Kenny Baker autographs selected by George Lucas to operate the robot (“droid”) R2-D2 in the science fiction feature film Star Wars; released in 1977. Baker recalled that he turned down the role.
Additionally, Baker appears as R2-D2 in six of the episodic theatrical Star Wars films; and played an extra role in 1983s Return of the Jedi as Paploo, the Ewok who steals an Imperial speeder bike. He was going to play Wicket; but he fell ill and that role, handed over to Warwick Davis. He revealed a feud between him and his co-star Anthony Daniels, claiming Daniels had been rude to him on many occasions, and stated that Daniels is rude to everyone, including fans.
Furthermore, Baker continued his association with the R2-D2 character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which released on 18 December 2015 in North America. He was going to be a member of the cast, but he served as consultant for the character instead. Also, In November 2015 it confirmed that Jimmy Vee cast as R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, replacing Kenny Baker.