Search a film or person :
FacebookConnectionRegistration
Kenny Baker is a Actor British born on 24 august 1934 at Birmingham (United-kingdom)

Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker
If you like this person, let us know!
Birth name Kenneth George Baker
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 24 august 1934 at Birmingham (United-kingdom)
Death 13 august 2016 (at 81 years)

Kenneth George "Kenny" Baker (born 24 August 1934) is an English actor and musician. He is well-known for portraying the character R2-D2 in the popular science-fiction movie franchise Star Wars.

Biography

Kenny Baker est artiste de cirque et de cabaret avec Jack Purvis lorsque George Lucas l'embauche pour interpréter le rôle de R2-D2 dans Star Wars, épisode IV : Un nouvel espoir en 1977. Il manœuvre également le droïde dans les cinq autres épisodes de la saga, ce qui fait de lui le seul acteur avec Anthony Daniels à être présent dans les six premiers films.

Kenny Baker joue également un autre rôle dans Star Wars, épisode VI : Le Retour du Jedi en 1983 : Paploo, l'Ewok qui vole un speeder bike de l'Empire. Il était pressenti pour jouer Wicket mais tomba malade, et ce rôle fut attribué à Warwick Davis.

Le 29 avril 2014, Kenny Baker est officialisé au casting de Star Wars, épisode VII : Le Réveil de la Force. Kenny Baker n'apparaît cependant pas « physiquement » dans le film, et n'est crédité qu'en tant que « consultant pour R2-D2 ».

Parmi ses autres films, on note Elephant Man, Bandits, bandits (également avec Purvis), Amadeus (il y tient le rôle du commandeur) et Labyrinthe de Jim Henson. À la télévision, il apparaît dans la série médicale britannique Casualty.

À la fin des années 1990, Kenny Baker se lance dans une courte carrière de stand up comedy


Vie privée
Kenny Baker, atteint de nanisme, mesure 1,12 m. Bien que lui et sa femme soient atteints de nanisme, leurs deux fils n'ont pas hérité de ce caractère physique.

Il a résidé à Preston, en Angleterre.

Kenny Baker est touché par de graves ennuis de santé qui ont causé son absence à la convention Générations Star Wars et Science Fiction en 2007 et qui ont remis sérieusement en question son apparition dans la nouvelle trilogie Star Wars. Il meurt le 13 août 2016.

Usually with

George Lucas
George Lucas
(11 films)
Ben Burtt
Ben Burtt
(10 films)
John Williams
John Williams
(10 films)
Anthony Daniels
Anthony Daniels
(10 films)
Phil Tippett
Phil Tippett
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Kenny Baker (28 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2h15
Directed by J. J. Abrams
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, John Boyega
Roles R2-D2 (consultant)
Rating79% 3.995093.995093.995093.995093.99509
L'univers de Star Wars se déroule dans une galaxie théâtre d'affrontements entre les Chevaliers Jedi et les Seigneurs noirs des Sith, personnes sensibles à la Force, un champ énergétique mystérieux leur procurant des pouvoirs psychiques. Les Jedi maîtrisent le côté lumineux de la Force, pouvoir bénéfique et défensif, pour maintenir la paix dans la galaxie. Les Sith utilisent le côté obscur, pouvoir nuisible et destructeur, pour leur usage personnel et pour dominer la galaxie. Les Sith vont par deux : un maître et un apprenti.
U.F.O.
U.F.O. (2012)
, 1h19
Directed by Tony Dow
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Sara Stockbridge, Lee Joo-seung, Kenny Baker, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Shirley Anne Field, Kiran Shah
Roles Casanova
Rating47% 2.3901952.3901952.3901952.3901952.390195
The infamous stand-up comic Roy 'Chubby' Brown stars in this anti-PC, sci-fi spoof. Performing one night at the end of Blackpool Pier, Chubby is beamed up to a spaceship populated by feminist aliens. Put on trial for crimes against women and quickly found guilty, the unapologetic misogynist is condemned to become pregnant every year for the next thirty years.
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, 2h20
Directed by George Lucas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Pregnancy films, Monde imaginaire, Films about sexuality, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Dystopian films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson
Roles R2-D2
Rating74% 3.7487753.7487753.7487753.7487753.748775
During a space battle over Coruscant between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Alliance, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker lead a mission to rescue the kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from Separatist commander General Grievous. After infiltrating Grievous' flagship, the Jedi engage Count Dooku in a lightsaber duel, which ends with Anakin killing Dooku at Palpatine's urging. Grievous flees the battle-torn cruiser, which the Jedi crash-land on Coruscant. There, Anakin reunites with his wife, Padmé Amidala, who reveals she is pregnant. Initially excited, Anakin begins to have premonitions of Padmé dying in childbirth.
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy, 1h30
Directed by Kevin Burns
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Films about extraterrestrial life, Documentary films about films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Robert Clotworthy, Kenny Baker, Ben Burtt, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg
Roles Himself
Rating82% 4.140174.140174.140174.140174.14017
L'Empire des Rêves relate l'épopée que fût la création de la première trilogie Star Wars. Des tous premières ébauches de scénario dans l'esprit de son créateur George Lucas jusqu'au succès qu'on connaît à la saga, ce documentaire nous entraine dans les coulisses d'un tournage tantôt chaotique, tantôt enivrant, racontés par les acteurs, les membres de la production, et George Lucas lui-même.
24 Hour Party People, 1h57
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, John Thomson, Shirley Henderson, Lennie James, Martin Hancock
Roles Elephant Cleaner at Chester Zoo
Rating72% 3.6487053.6487053.6487053.6487053.648705
In 1976, television presenter Tony Wilson sees the Sex Pistols perform at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall for the first time. Inspired, Wilson starts a weekly series of punk rock shows at a Manchester club, where the newly formed Joy Division perform, led by the erratic, brooding Ian Curtis.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, 2h22
Directed by George Lucas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee
Roles R2-D2
Rating65% 3.2993453.2993453.2993453.2993453.299345
Ten years after the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo, the Galactic Republic is threatened by a Separatist movement organized by former Jedi Master Count Dooku. Senator Padmé Amidala comes to Coruscant to vote on a plan to create an army of the Republic to assist the Jedi against this threat. Narrowly avoiding an assassination attempt upon arrival, she is placed under the protection of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker. The two Jedi thwart another attempt on her life and subdue the assassin, Zam Wesell, a shape-shifter who is killed by her bounty hunter client with a toxic dart before she can reveal his identity. The Jedi Council assigns Obi-Wan to identify and capture the bounty hunter, while Anakin is assigned to escort Padmé back to Naboo, where the two fall in love.
The King and I, 1h28
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Politique, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Films about royalty
Actors Miranda Richardson, Ian William Richardson, Darrell Hammond, Christiane Noll, Kenny Baker, Brian Tochi
Roles Captain Orton (voice)
Rating42% 2.113242.113242.113242.113242.11324
In 1862 Siam, the King of Siam rules with traditional beliefs and refusal to change. With the arrival of Englishwoman Anna Leonowens and her son Louis, his evil, but villainous Prime Minister, Kralahome, plots to have the King overthrown with deceit. At the same time, the Crown Prince Chulalongkorn falls in love with Tuptim, a servant given to the King as a gift from Burma, but their love and friendship must remain a secret as such is strictly forbidden.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, 2h16
Directed by George Lucas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Seafaring films, Monde imaginaire, Transport films, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Terence Stamp
Roles R2-D2
Rating64% 3.2493653.2493653.2493653.2493653.249365
In response to taxation on trade routes in the Galactic Republic, the Trade Federation organizes a blockade of battleships around the planet Naboo. Supreme Chancellor Valorum dispatches Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to negotiate with the Trade Federation leadership to end the blockade. Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord and the Trade Federation's secret adviser, orders Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray to kill the Jedi and invade Naboo with an army of battle droids. The Jedi flee to Naboo, where Qui-Gon saves Gungan outcast Jar Jar Binks from being killed during the invasion. Indebted to the Jedi, Jar Jar leads them to an underwater Gungan city. There the Jedi try but fail to persuade the Gungan leader, Boss Nass into helping the people of Naboo, though they are able to obtain transportation to Theed, the capital city on the surface. They rescue Queen Amidala, the ruler of the Naboo people, and escape the planet on her royal starship, which is damaged as they pass the Federation blockade.
Willow
Willow (1988)
, 2h6
Directed by Ron Howard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Witches in film
Actors Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, Billy Barty, Patricia Hayes
Roles Nelwyn Band Member (uncredited)
Rating72% 3.648493.648493.648493.648493.64849
A prophecy states that a female child with a special birthmark will herald the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women in her realm to prevent fulfilment of the prophecy. When the prophesied child is born, the mother begs the midwife to take her to safety. The midwife reluctantly accepts, and leaves Nockmaar castle unnoticed. The mother is executed, and the midwife is eventually found. Knowing she cannot escape, she sets the baby on a makeshift raft of grass and sends her down the river, hoping for fate to run its course. Bavmorda sends her daughter Sorsha and General Kael to find the baby so that the prophecy can never be fulfilled.
Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa (1986)
, 1h44
Directed by Neil Jordan
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution
Actors Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Caine, Clarke Peters, Kate Hardie
Roles Busker
Rating72% 3.647643.647643.647643.647643.64764
George (Hoskins), recently released from prison, is given a job as the driver for a high-class prostitute named Simone (Tyson) by his former boss, Denny Mortwell (Caine). As George and Simone find out more about each other, they form a friendship. Central to this theme is Mortwell's wish for George to find out as much as he can about one of Simone's 'regulars', a wealthy businessman. George helps Simone in her quest to find Cathy (Hardie), an abused friend from her past. This leads to a violent resolution in the seedy underworld.
Amadeus
Amadeus (1984)
, 2h33
Directed by Miloš Forman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Historical, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole
Roles Parody Commendatore
Rating82% 4.1489854.1489854.1489854.1489854.148985
The story begins in 1823 as the elderly Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) attempts suicide by slitting his throat while loudly begging forgiveness for having killed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) in 1791. Placed in a lunatic asylum for the act, Salieri is visited by Father Vogler (Richard Frank), a young priest who seeks to hear his confession. Salieri is sullen and uninterested but eventually warms to the priest and launches into a long "confession" about his relationship with Mozart.
Return of the Jedi, 2h14
Directed by Richard Marquand
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse
Roles R2-D2 / Paploo
Rating82% 4.148524.148524.148524.148524.14852
Luke Skywalker initiates a plan to rescue Han Solo from the crime lord Jabba the Hutt with the help of Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2. Leia infiltrates Jabba's palace on Tatooine disguised as a bounty hunter with Chewbacca as her prisoner. Lando is already there disguised as a guard. Leia releases Han from his carbonite prison, but she is captured and enslaved. Luke arrives soon afterward but after a tense standoff, he is captured. After Luke survives his battle with Jabba's Rancor, Jabba sentences him and Han to death by feeding them to the Sarlacc. Luke frees himself and battles Jabba's guards. During the chaos, Boba Fett, who has remained at Jabba's palace since delivering Han, attempts to attack Luke, but Han inadvertently knocks him into the Sarlacc pit. Meanwhile, Leia strangles Jabba to death, and Luke destroys Jabba's sail barge as the group escapes. While the others rendezvous with the Rebel Alliance, Luke returns to Dagobah where he finds that Yoda is dying. Before he dies, Yoda confirms that Darth Vader, once known as Anakin Skywalker, is Luke's father, and there is "another Skywalker". The spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi confirms that this other Skywalker is Luke's twin sister, Leia. Obi-Wan tells Luke that he must fight Vader again to defeat the Empire.
Return of the Ewok, 24minutes
Directed by Irvin Kershner, David Tomblin
Genres Science fiction, Documentary
Themes Space adventure films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Warwick Davis, Harrison Ford, Roy Kinnear, Mark Hamill, Robert Watts, Carrie Fisher
Rating61% 3.088663.088663.088663.088663.08866
Return of the Ewok focuses on the fictional account of Davis' decision to become an actor and act as Wicket in Return of the Jedi (notably, however, Davis refers to the film as Revenge of the Jedi, its temporary pre-release title). It also follows his transformation into Wicket. As Warwick and as Wicket, he visits and interacts with many of the cast and crew of the movie and then characters of the movie. As Warwick, he goes to Elstree Studios where he interacts with the cast, both in and out of character. At one point, he even interacts with Luke Skywalker as he jumps out of a movie screen. As Wicket, he goes to Dagobah to see Yoda, and the Death Star to see Darth Vader, and is chased by Boba Fett.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1h40
Directed by Alan Hume
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about religion
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, David Suchet, Lesley-Anne Down, John Gielgud, Tim Pigott-Smith
Roles Pick Pocket
Rating63% 3.1955053.1955053.1955053.1955053.195505
Frollo, l'archidiacre de Notre Dame est tombé amoureux de la gitane Esméralda. Accusée de vol il lui accorde l'asile mais elle refuse ses avances et s'enfuit. Quasimodo le sonneur de cloches difforme et bossu la rattrape, Pierre Gringoire, un poète de rue tente de la faire échapper mais se fait assommer par Quasimodo. Ce dernier est finalement intercepté par les hommes de la garde royale commandé par Phoebus. Esmeralda tombe amoureuse de ce dernier. Pendant ce temps Pierre Gringoire est capturé par l'assemblé des voleurs et des vagabonds qui le condamne à la pendaison. Esméralda refuse ce jugement et le prend pour époux (pendant quatre ans) uniquement pour lui sauver la vie. Quasimodo est condamné à recevoir le fouet et à être exposé au pilori, Esméralda a pitié de lui et lui donne à boire. Frollo, apprenant qu'Esméralda a rendez-vous dans un hôtel borgne avec Phoebus se rend sur les lieux et poignarde le militaire. Esméralda est capturée, soupçonnée, torturée, jugée et condamnée à la pendaison. Quasimodo la sauve et la fait se réfugier dans l'église. Phoebus a survécu mais se refuse à intervenir pour casser la condamnation d'Esméralda qui repousse toujours les avances de Frollo. Ce dernier demande donc au parlement un édit annulant le droit d'asile de la jeune femme. Apprenant la nouvelle, Gringoire pousse l'assemblée des voleurs et des vagabonds à attaquer la cathédrale pour tenter de sauver la jeune femme. Quasimodo se méprenant sur les intentions des assaillants les empêche d'entrer en lançant de lourds projectiles.