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Der kleinwüchsige Baker hatte in den ersten sechs Star Wars-Teilen R2 gespielt, hatte in Force Awakens noch als Berater mitgewirkt, spielte obendrein noch den Ewok Paploo, der den Sturmtruppen auf Endor ein Speederbike klaut, und war ansonsten in Klassikern wie Flash Gordon, der Elefantenmensch, Amadeus, Labyrinth und Time Bandits zu sehen. Vor 5 Monaten erst war Tony Dyson gestorben, der die R2-Roboter für Star Wars gebaut hatte.
Sad Day is very sad.
The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 83 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character.
He went on to play the character in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the three Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005. Baker also appeared in a number of other much-loved films in the 1980s, including Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.
His niece, Abigail Shield, paid tribute to her uncle. She 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.”
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 13, 2016