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Name: Kenny Baker                                                                     
Born: 24 August 1934                                                                 
Kenneth George Baker (born August 24, 1934) is a British dwarf actor and             
occasional musician, best known as the man inside R2-D2 in the popular Star Wars     
film series.                                                                         
Baker, who stands 3 feet, 8 inches (112 cm) tall, was a circus and cabaret           
performer with entertainer Jack Purvis when George Lucas hired him to be the man     
inside R2-D2 in Star Wars in 1977.                                                   
Baker appears in five of the six Star Wars films; though credited on Episode III,     
he never filmed any scenes. George Lucas decided to credit him in the film out       
of loyalty. Baker played an additional role in 1983's Return of                       
the Jedi as Paploo, the Ewok who steals an Imperial speeder bike. He was             
originally going to play Wicket W. Warrick, but he fell ill, and that role was       
handed over to Warwick Davis.                                                         
Baker's other films include The Elephant Man, Time Bandits (also with Purvis),       
Amadeus and Jim Henson's Labyrinth. On television, he appeared in the British         
medical drama Casualty.                                                               
In the late 1990s, Baker launched a short 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, England. While both he       
and his late wife have dwarfism, their two sons do not.