Kenny Baker signed photo Star Wars R2-D2 8×10″
Authentic Kenny Baker signed photo Star Wars R2-D2 8×10″. Signed in blue marker adding R2-D2 one the droids head.
Kenny Baker (August 24, 1934 – August 13, 2016) a British actor best known as the man inside of R2-D2 in the Star Wars film series.
Baker, at 3 feet, 8 inches (112 cm) tall, a circus and cabaret performer with entertainer Jack Purvis when George Lucas hired him to be the man inside R2-D2 in Star Wars in 1977. Though both he and his wife have dwarfism, their two sons do not. Baker appears in the first six theatrical Star Wars films; although stock footage used for much of R2-D2’s role in Revenge of the Sith. Baker played an additional role in 1983’s Return of the Jedi as Paploo; the Ewok who stole an Imperial speeder bike. He originally going to play Wicket W. Warrick, but he fell ill, and that role handed over to eleven-year-old Warwick Davis.
In Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Baker was credited as “R2 Consultant.” R2-D2 in the movie was represented by actor Jimmy Vee.
Baker had also worked with George Lucas outside of the Star Wars films; with an uncredited role as a Nelwyn band member in Willow; as well as a role as the Goblin Corps in Labyrinth.
Sadly, Kenny Baker hospitalized on April 9, 2008 because of a “mystery illness,” and on August 13, 2016, passed away at the age of 81, 11 days before his 82nd birthday.