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Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker

Show Count: 4
Series Count: 4
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: 24 August 1934
Old Time Radio, Birmingham, England, UK

Kenneth George "Kenny" Baker (born 24 August 1934) is a British actor and musician, best known as the man inside R2-D2 in the popular Star Wars film series.

Life and career

Baker, who stands 3 ft 8 in (112 cm) tall, was born and educated in Birmingham, Warwickshire, and at boarding school in Kent. His parents were "giant-sized". He is an only child, and wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and be an engraver, but had not received sufficient education. He went to live with his stepmother in Hastings, Sussex and in 1951 was approached on the street by a lady who invited him to join a theatrical troupe of dwarves and midgets. This was his first taste of show business. Later, he joined a circus for a brief time, learned to ice-skate and appeared in many ice shows. He had formed a successful comedy act called the Minitones with entertainer Jack Purvis when George Lucas hired him to be the man inside R2-D2 in Star Wars in 1977.

Baker appears in all six of the episodic theatrical Star Wars films. Baker played an additional role in 1983's Return of the Jedi as Paploo, the Ewokwho steals an Imperial speeder bike. He was originally going to play Wicket, but he fell ill and that role was handed over to Warwick Davis. Kenny is featured on Justin Lee Collins's "Bring Back Star Wars". He revealed a feud between him and his co-star Anthony Daniels. He claimed Daniels had been rude to him on numerous occasions, and states that Daniels is rude to everyone, including fans. He even said he wouldn't be in the same room as Daniels unless necessary.

Baker's other films include The Elephant ManTime Bandits (also with Purvis) Willow (also with Jack Purvis) and Flash GordonAmadeus and Jim Henson's Labyrinth. On television, he appeared in the British medical drama Casualty.

Later work

In the late 1990s, Baker launched a brief stand up comedy career. Baker played harmonica with the James Coutts' Scottish Dance Band at Hugh McCaig's Silverstone Party in July 1997. Baker currently resides in Preston, Lancashire. While both he and his wife have dwarfism, their two sons do not.

In November 2009, his biography entitled From Tiny Acorns: The Kenny Baker Story was made available through his website and at conventions and book signings. It was written with Ken Mills.

Source: Wikipedia

Blue Ribbon TownBlue Ribbon Town
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History: 27 March 1943 to 5 August 1944
Sponsor: Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer
Cast: Virginia O'Brien, Groucho Marx, Leo Gorcey, Fay McKenzie
Director: Dick Mack
Producer: Dick Mack
Host: Groucho Marx, Kenny Baker
Fred Allen Show, TheFred Allen Show, The
Show Count: 89
Broadcast History: 23 October 1932 to 16 April 1933, 4 August 1933 to 1 December 1933, 3 January 1934 to 26 June 1940, 2 October 1940 to 25 June 1944, 7 October 1945 to 28 December 1947, and 4 january 1948 to 26 June 1949
Cast: Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Helen Morgan, Sheila berrtt, Roy Atwell, Charlie Carlisle, Jack Smart, Minerva Pious, Lionel Stander, Eileen Douglas, Town Hall Quartet, Merry Macs, Alan Reed, John Brown, Charlie Cantor, Peter Donald, Parker Fennelly, Kenny Delmar
Producer: Roger White, Sylvester Weaver, Vick Knight, Howard Reilly
Texaco Star TheaterTexaco Star Theater
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 1938 to 1949
Cast: Fred Allen, Ed Wynn, James Melton
Director: William A. Bacher
Host: Adolphe Menjou, Ken Murray, John Barrymore
Broadcast: 24th January 1949
Added: Jan 15 2011
Broadcast: September 9, 1945
Added: Sep 13 2015
Broadcast: 5th December 1949
Added: Dec 05 2011
Broadcast: 15th April 1948
Starring: Alan Reed, Kenny Baker
Added: Apr 15 2007