14 Actors Who Died in 2016

10. Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker, R2-D2, Star Wars

British actor Kenny Baker | Source: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Kenny Baker, the diminutive actor who is best known for his portrayal of R2-D2 in the Star Wars saga passed away in August at the age of 81. “Kenny Baker was a real gentleman as well as an incredible trooper who always worked hard under difficult circumstances,” said Star Wars creator George Lucas per StarWars.com. “A talented vaudevillian who could always make everybody laugh, Kenny was truly the heart and soul of R2-D2 and will be missed by all his fans and everyone who knew him.”

Besides bringing R2-D2 to life, Baker also famously played the part of the Ewok who stole a speeder bike in Return of the Jedi.  Baker appeared in many other iconic movies besides Star Wars as well, including The Elephant ManFlash Gordon, Amadeus, Time Bandits, and Willow.

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