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RIP, R2D2: Star Wars actor Kenny Baker has died

Kenny Baker starred in the first six Star Wars films, from 1977 to 2005. Photograph: Rory Gilder/Rex Shutterstock The British actor who played R2-D2 in the classic Star Wars films died today, age 81, after a long illness. Kenny Baker was 3ft 8in tall, and became a superstar in 1977 when he first played the robot character. From the Guardian: He went …