R2-D2 portrayer Kenny Baker dies; George Lucas, Mark Hamill remember 'Star Wars' icon

August 13, 2016 9:56 PM

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NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- British actor Kenny Baker, best known for his portrayal of the beloved droid R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars movies, died Saturday. He was 81.

Baker served as a consultant on the latest installment in the franchise Star Wars: The Force Awakens and made it to a screening of the film in London, but was too ill to travel for its Los Angeles premiere last December.

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