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August 14, 2016 7:12 am

Kenny Baker, Actor Behind Star Wars’ Iconic R2D2 Character, Dies at 81

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Kenny Baker. Photo: Star Wars/Wikia.

Kenny Baker. Photo: Star Wars/Wikia.

The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 81 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character.

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