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Kenny Baker, The Man Who Played R2-D2 In The Star Wars Films, Has Passed Away At 81

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So sad — a true legend in his own right has passed.

Kenny Baker shot to fame in 1977 when he played R2-D2 in the first Star Wars film, and he went on to play the character in a total of five more films in the series between then and 2005.

Now, news has come down that he has sadly passed away.

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The 3' 8" actor — who also appeared in many much-loved films of the 1980s like The Elephant Man, Flash Gordon, and Time Bandits — was 81 years old.

According to his niece Abigail Shield, the passing was not particularly unexpected, as she told The Guardian:

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