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      Kenny Baker

      Kenny Baker

      Highest Rated: 94% Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

      Lowest Rated: 51% Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace (1999)

      Birthday: Aug 24, 1934

      Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK

      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 of the original "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. Kenny Baker died on August 13, 2016, following an exended illness. He was 81.

      Highest rated movies

      Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back poster Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope poster Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope Amadeus poster
      Amadeus
      Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi poster Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith poster Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones poster Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace poster Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace

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      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 47% I Am Your Father Self - 2015
      93% 85% Star Wars: The Force Awakens R2-D2 (Character) $123 2015
      79% 66% Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith R2-D2 (Character) $380.3M 2005
      65% 56% Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones R2-D2 (Character) $310.7M 2002
      51% 59% Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace R2-D2 (Character) $474.5M 1999
      No Score Yet 38% U.F.O. Casanova (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 49% Sleeping Beauty Elf (Character) - 1987
      89% 95% Amadeus Parody Commendatore (Character) - 1984
      83% 94% Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi R2-D2/Paploo (Character) $309.3M 1983
      94% 97% Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back R2-D2 (Character) $291.9M 1980
      93% 96% Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope R2-D2 (Character) $345 1977

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes of Comedy Unknown (Guest Star) 1999