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Topic Subject:Kenny Baker Passes at 83
Uchuu Senkan Yamoffo
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posted 08-13-16 12:14 PM EDT (US)         
Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, first played the robot character in the first Star Wars film in 1977.

The man behind Star Wars' R2-D2, actor Kenny Baker, has died aged 83.

Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, first played the robot character in the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, in 1977.

The actor also starred Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, together with three Star Wars prequels, from 1999 to 2005.

The actor also appeared in other smash hit films, including The Goonies, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.

Baker's niece told the Guardian: “It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life.

"He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”

Baker grew up in Birmingham, and was told as a child that he would probably not live past puberty.

He met his wife Eileen following an appearance on the Michael Parkinson TV chat show, after she wrote in to say she was a little person and wanted to meet him, the Guardian reports.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Sir Alec Guinness thought the lines for his character Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars were “rubbish” - and he wasn’t overly impressed by co-star Harrison Ford either.

In a letter written by the late actor during filming of the 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope he branded Ford, who was then aged 35 and playing Han Solo, a “languid young man”.

In the correspondence to his friend Anne Kauffman, Sir Alec complained: “Can’t say I’m enjoying the film.”

The contents of the letter were revealed by Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac, who make a surprise appearance on Letters Live to read out sections.

American actor Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, joked to the audience in London that he would not even attempt an impression of Sir Alec.

The late actor wrote to his friend: “New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper, and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable.”

He added he was off to the studio to work with “Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can’t be right) Ford. Ellison? No! Well a rangy, languid man who is probably intelligent and amusing.”

The letter continued: “Oh, God, God, they make me feel ninety – and treat me as if I was 106. Oh, Harrison Ford – ever heard of him?”

The Star Wars films earned Sir Alec more than £56million in royalties, a best supporting actor Oscar nomination and global stardom.

Letters Live sees actors and performers reading out literary correspondences to a live audience.

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