February 9th, 2012 22:17 EST
Kenny Baker, R2-D2 in Star Wars a New Hope chats with Judyth Piazza
Kenny was born in Birmingham in the UK on the 24th August, 1934. He overcame his height difficulties by attending the Shaftesbury Society in London, who are a Christian group which cares for young people with disabilities.
Despite being only 3ft 8inches tall, he has become one of the biggest and best-loved stars in the UK and throughout the world. Kenny started performing in 1950 at the age of 16 when he joined the Burton Lester`s Midgets as a performer.
After That he was a DJ for a short while with Mecca Organization before joining Billy Smart`s Circus as a clown and shadow Ringmaster. Later in his career he toured the country for 9 years doing panto and ice shows, where he met the queen.After leaving the ice, he formed a musical comedy act: The Mini Tones.
He later went on to become a nightclub performer with his friend Jack Purvis, who also later starred in Star Wars. Became a star in 1977 as he played the loveable android R2D2 in the first Star Wars film, eventually he will appear in all 6 star wars films. Kenny has also appeared in many more films since
In 1978 as R2-D2 he put his footprints into concrete outside Graumann`s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Hollywood..
In 1997 he toured Britain as a one man comedy tour called `Kenny Baker`
Click here to see a full list of all the films and TV programs Kenny has appeared in