Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker

  • Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 53% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Birthday: Aug 24, 1934
  • Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK
  • Not to be confused with the honey-voiced radio tenor of the same name, British dwarf actor Kenny Baker was a fixture of science-fiction and horror films of the 1970s and 1980s. A nightclub performer who, like America's Michael Dunn, traded in more on his talent than his size, the 3'8" Baker was cast in Star Wars (1977) as the beep-boop-beeping minirobot R2-D2, while his nightclub partner Jack Purvis was given the smaller role of the chief Jawa. Baker gave one of the few all-motorized human performances in film history. Once jammed into his robot costume, he was unable to move about and had to rely on a sophisticated remote controls - and when those didn't work, he had to be pulled around on nylon ropes. Additionally, the noisemaking computer controls on the R2D2 shell were so loud that Baker didn't know if a take was over unless someone banged on the costume with a hammer. Somehow Baker survived both his tight hardware exterior and the sweltering Tunisian heat on location, and appeared in both Star Wars sequels, as well as such other oddball movie projects as The Elephant Man (1980), Time Bandits (1981) and Mona Lisa (1988). And in the Oscar-winning Amadeus (1984), Kenny Baker could be seen without his R2D2 getup as a jester-like performer in one of Mozart's comic operas.Baker returned to R2 in the second set of Star Wars films, beginning in 1999, but retired from the role once that trilogy ended in 2005. He was a consultant on 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Baker died in 2016, at age 81.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens R2-D2 $936.7M 2015
80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith R2-D2 2005
66% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones R2-D2 $308M 2002
53% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace R2-D2 $431.1M 1999
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Cannon Movie Tales: Sleeping Beauty Elf 1987
No Score Yet Mikado Actor 1987
70% Labyrinth Goblin Corps 1986
97% Mona Lisa Brighton Busker 1986
93% Amadeus Parody Commendatore 1984
81% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Paploo/R2-D2 1983
No Score Yet The Hunchback of Notre Dame Pick Pocket 1982
89% Time Bandits Fidgit 1981
80% Flash Gordon Dwarf 1980
91% The Elephant Man Plumed Dwarf 1980
95% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back R2-D2 $4.6M 1980
83% Dressed to Kill Warren Lockman 1980
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope R2-D2 1977
No Score Yet Wombling Free Womble 1977
No Score Yet Circus of Horrors (Phantom of the Circus) Actor 1960

QUOTES FROM Kenny Baker CHARACTERS

Fidgit
What happened?
Wally
I'm sorry I killed you, Fidgit.
R2-D2
Han Solo shot first!
C-3PO
C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win.
C-3PO
I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy.
R2-D2
Let the Wookiee win.