Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker


8/24/1934, Birmingham, UK

Birth Name

Kenneth George Baker


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Kenny was born in Birmingham in the UK on the 24th August, 1934. He overcame his height difficulties by attending the Shaftesbury Society in London, who are a Christian group which cares for young people with disabilities.

Despite being only 3' 8" tall, he has become one…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kenny has worked with many comedians including Dickie Henderson, Leslie Crowther, Ken Dodd (as a Diddyman), Little and Large, Russ Abbot, Ben Elton, Dick Emery and Dave Allen. He has also been on 3,2,1 and Opportunity Knocks and even met Laurel and Hardy.

    • In 1978, Kenny had his footprints imprinted in concrete as he was in the R2-D2 costume outside Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Hollywood.

    • Kenny brought his two sons with him to the set of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and has fond memories of the boys experience during that visit. They got to play around on the sets like the Millennium Falcon and Yoda's set. His son, Kevin, wound up working in the effects department for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

    • Kenny was ice skating in Holiday on Ice before he was offered the job of playing R2-D2 in Star Wars.

    • The R2-D2 costume that Kenny was inside of for Star Wars weighed around 80 pounds and had a child's car seat inside for him to sit in.

    • Of the Star Wars movies, Kenny's favorite was The Empire Strikes Back followed closely by The Return of the Jedi.

    • Kenny did not like having to wear the Ewok costume in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi because it was made up of layers of foam and the eyes would fog up to the point where he could not see and whenever one of the "Ewoks" tripped on a branch in the woods, they would have to wait for someone to come along and pick them up since they could not pick themselves up in the stuffy costumes.

    • Kenny did not get along with co-star, Anthony Daniels. He said that Anthony was rude to everyone, including the fans.

    • Kenny was able to see outside the R2-D2 suit by looking through two or three pieces of Perspex on the suit. They were opaque colored and made things look farther away than they really were.

    • The noise-making controls inside the R2-D2 costume were so loud that Kenny didn't know if a take was over unless one of the crewmen came up and banged on the costume with a hammer.

    • Kenny was married to Eileen Baker for 23 years (1970 to 1993) until she passed away in 1993.

    • Kenny and Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) were the only actors to have parts in all six Star Wars movies, although Anthony only supplied the voice for C-3PO in Episode I while Kenny was actually in costume.

    • Kenny was hospitalized in 2008 due to chest problems. The doctors believe that it may have had something to do with his bout with pneumonia from the previous year.

    • Kenny Baker also played the part of Paploo the Ewok in Return of the Jedi who stole a scout trooper's speeder bike.

    • Kenny Baker was originally going to play the Ewok 'Wickett' in Return of the Jedi, but fell ill and the role was handed out to Warwick Davis and the two became good friends and Kenny actually played a part in the movie Willow in which Warwick Davis was the star.

    • Kenny Baker now lives in Ashton, Preston in the North West of England.

    • Although Kenny Baker did not appear in Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith as R2-D2, George Lucas still credited him out of loyalty.

    • In the late 1990's, Kenny Baker launched a stand up comedy career.

    • When Kenny Baker was inside R2-D2, as a joke, some of the cast put pictures of nude women inside.

    • Kenny and his good friend Jack Purvis have appeared together in the Star Wars saga and in the film Time Bandits.

    • Apart from Star Wars, Kenny has also appeared in The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Amadeus and Jim Henson's Labyrinth.

    • In 2004, Kenny was convicted of driving under the influence and was given a one year driving ban and a 50 pound fine.

    • Kenny owned a Rolls Royce but decided to sell it in an auction after getting a one year driving ban.

    • Although Kenny and his wife suffer from dwarfism, their two sons do not.

    • Kenny enjoys playing the mouth organ and claims his finest musical performance came in 1997 when he played with James Coutts Scottish Dance Band at Hugh McCaig's Silverstone Party.

    • For much of his early career, Kenny worked as a cabaret and circus performer.

    • Kenny found it very difficult to move around in the R2-D2 costume because there was only 3 inches moving space to either side of him.

    • On one occasion while filming Star Wars: A New Hope, the crew forgot that Kenny was inside the R2-D2 costume and left him inside it while they all went off to lunch.

    • When filming Star Wars: A New Hope in Tunisia it got so hot in the R2-D2 suit that Kenny and the crew were able to fry an egg on it.

    • In 1997, Kenny toured Britain as a one man comedy tour called 'Kenny Baker'.

    • Kenny worked as a nightclub performer with his friend Jack Purvis. Kenny and Jack would both end up appearing in Star Wars: A New Hope, with Kenny playing the part of R2-D2 and Jack playing the Chief Jawa.

    • Before doing Star Wars Kenny toured the country doing pantomime and during his tour got to meet the Queen.

    • Kenny played one of the seven dwarves in a Cannon movies retelling of the classic fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

    • Kenny and his Star Wars co-star Peter Mayhew have a 3'6 difference in height which would make Peter nearly double Kenny's height.

    • Kenny is 3'8.

    • One of Kenny's early movie roles was a starring role as Fidgit, one of the six little people, in Terry Gilliam's movie Time Bandits.

    • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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