Kenny Baker – Wonderful Man and Actor

Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker was born on August 24, 1934 in Birmingham, England as Kenneth George Baker. He is an actor, known for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). He was previously married to Eileen Baker.

Filmography

 2013 One Night at the Aristo (Short) The Bartender (voice)
 1992-2007 Casualty (TV Series) Charles Isaac / Archie

The Miracle on Harry’s Last Shift (2007) … Charles Isaac
Act of Faith (1992) … Archie
 2003 Swiss Toni (TV Series) Guyler

 2002 The Cage (Short) Merlin
 2002 24 Hour Party People Zookeeper (uncredited)
 1999 Boobs in the Wood (Video) Bruce the convict
 1999 The King and I Captain Orton (voice, as Ken Baker)
 1990 The Man from Auntie (TV Series) Invisible Demon

Episode #1.5 (1990) … Invisible Demon
 1988 Willow Nelwyn Band Member (uncredited)
 1987 Sleeping Beauty Elf
 1987 Star Tours (Short) R2-D2 (uncredited)
 1986 Labyrinth Goblin Corps
 1986 Mona Lisa Brighton Busker
 1985 Der Rosenkavalier (TV Movie) Baron Och’s Retinue
 1984 The Adventure Game (TV Series) HRH The Rangdo of Arg

Episode #3.5 (1984) … HRH The Rangdo of Arg
Episode #3.3 (1984) … HRH The Rangdo of Arg
 1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie) Pick Pocket
 1981 The Goodies (TV Series) Dwarf

Special: Snow White 2 (1981) … Dwarf
 1980 Flash Gordon Dwarf
 1980 The Muppet Show (TV Series) R2-D2

 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie) R2-D2 (as R2-D2)
 1977 Wombling Free Bungo
 1975 Dave Allen at Large (TV Series) Salesman

Episode #4.36 (1975) … Salesman
 1962 Man of the World (TV Series) The Croat

Specialist for the Kill (1962) … The Croat (as Ken Baker)
 1960 Circus of Horrors Dwarf (uncredited)

From Kenny Baker’s Website
A Quick Bio

I was born in Birmingham in the UK on the 24th August, 1934. The Shaftesbury Society in London helped me overcome my height difficulties; they are a Christian group which cares for young people with disabilities.

I started performing in 1950 at the age of 16 when I joined the Burton Lester’s Midgets as a performer. Shortly after I became a DJ with Mecca Organization before joining Billy Smart’s Circus as a clown and shadow Ringmaster. Later in my career I toured the country for 9 years doing panto and ice shows, where I met the queen. After leaving the ice, I formed a musical comedy act: The Mini Tones.

My friend Jack Purvis and I later became nightclub performers. Jack would also go on to star in Star Wars. The role of robot R2D2, for which I seem most recognisable, came in the 1977 film Star Wars. I would go on to perform in all 6 Star Wars films as well as documentaries relating to them.

In 1978, as R2-D2, I put my footprints into concrete outside Graumann’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Hollywood.

I have 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. I have also been on 3,2,1 and Opportunity Knocks and even met Laurel and Hardy.

This 2013 I am really happy to support The Christmas Jumpers Co and their super range of Christmas jumpers.  Their efforts help raise money for the ICOEF, a superb children’s charity.