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Kenny Baker

Biography

Bluegrass fiddler Kenny Baker was created on June 26, 1926, in Burdine, Kentucky. Both his dad and grandfather had been fiddlers, and by eight yrs . old, Kenny himself acquired found the instrument. Following a stint within the Navy, Baker came back to Kentucky, where he proved helpful within the coal mines and performed fiddle plus some electric guitar at regional dances. In 1953, nation vocalist Don Gibson employed Baker for his music group at WNOX in Knoxville, Tennessee. During his tenure with Gibson, Baker extended his stylistic range, incorporating the smoother jazz violin design of Stéphane Grappelli. He also begun to develop his “long-bow” design of playing, which combined and elongated records much more compared to the traditional chop of bluegrass fiddle. Of his design, Baker would later on comment “bluegrass can be only a hillbilly edition of jazz.” In 1955, he released Baker’s Dozen, a no-frills bluegrass selecting album that presented a Sam Bush. By 1957, Baker was playing bluegrass full-time as an associate of Expenses Monroe’s music group, the Bluegrass Young boys. It became a lasting collaboration — he became the longest operating Bluegrass Boy. He caused Monroe on / off over the following 30 years, departing during the low fat times to spotlight his plantation or for function in the mines. Nonetheless it was like a Bluegrass Boy that Baker affected countless latter-day fiddle players along with his easy, traditional design. Baker released another solo recording, Portrait of the Bluegrass Fiddler, in 1969, taking advantage of the favorite resurgence from the genre for the heels from the past due-’60s folk motion. He also rejoined Monroe’s group once and for all, using the Bluegrass Children with the 1980s. In 1989, he teamed with Dobro ruler Josh Graves within a bluegrass supergroup known as the Experts. Also offering banjoist Eddie Adcock and mandolin virtuoso Jesse McReynolds, the Experts released two albums, including a Grammy-nominated self-titled 1989 debut. Baker continuing to perform through the entire 1990s, lodging some tours supported by the Country wide Council on Traditional Arts. After an nearly ten-year documenting hiatus, Baker came back to polish in 2000 with Natural cotton Baggin’. The record included efforts from old close friends Graves, McReynolds, and Blaine Sprouse. He came back in 2002 using the acclaimed Spider Little bit the infant! Kenny Baker passed away on July 8, 2011 in Gallatin, Tennessee because of problems from a heart stroke; he was 85 yrs . old.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kenny Baker
Died August 13, 2016, Preston, United Kingdom
Height 1.12 m
Profession Actor, Musician
Education Magdalen College, Oxford
Nationality British
Spouse Eileen Baker
Children Kevin Baker, Christopher Baker
Parents Harold Baker, Ethel Heath
Music Songs Jerusalem's Ridge, Road To Columbus, Roxanna Waltz, Frost On The Pumpkin, Festival Waltz, Bluegrass In The Backwoods, Cross Eyed Fiddler, Grassy FiddleBlues, Denver Belle, Flopareno, Tune For Andy, Fiddler's Pastime, Doc Harris, The Fisherman, Daley's Reel, Darkness On The Delta, Big Sandy River, Dry & Dusty, Sweet Bunch Of Daisies, Back Up And Push, Indian Killed A Woodcock, Shelby Rock, Sugar Tree Stomp, Ashland Breakdown, Ragtime Annie, Lost Indian, Music City Waltz, McHattie's Waltz, Bobby Van's Hornpipe, Indian Springs, Spider Bit The Baby, Greenleaf Breakdown, Hickman County Breakdown
Albums Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, Master Fiddler, Spider Bit The Baby, Kenny Baker Plays Armstrong Vol. 4, Kenny Baker Plays Armstrong Vol. 8, The Louis Armstrong Connection (Vol. 9+Vol. 10), The Great Vocalists, S / T, Kenny Baker, Duke's Jam, Kenny Baker Presents The Half Dozen, The Very Best Of, The Louis Armstrong Connection (Vol. 3+Vol. 4), NO LIMIT, A Little Bit of Heaven, Date with the Dozen, The Louis Armstrong Connection (Vol. 15), The Louis Armstrong Connection (Vol. 11+Vol. 12), Louis Armstrong interpretiert von Kenny Baker, Vol.14, After Hours, Ain't Misbehavin', Indian Springs, Baker's Dozen, Jam Session With the Kenny Baker Quartet, Sextet and Big Band, Louis Armstrong interpretiert von Kenny Baker, Vol.11, The Louis Armstrong Connection (Vol. 7+Vol. 8), Tribute to the Great Trumpeters, Kenny Baker's There I Go, The Louis Armstrong Connection (Vol. 1+Vol. 2), Frost On The Pumpkin, Cotton Baggin' 2000, Darkness On The Delta, Kenny Baker Selected Favorites, The Louis Armstrong Connection (Vol. 13+Vol. 14), Louis Armstrong Interpretiert Von Kenny Baker, Vol.7, Louis Armstrong interpretiert von Kenny Baker, Vol.13, The Harvey Girls (O.S.T - 1946), Walk all over you, Don't Worry About Me, Colours of Music History, Kenny Baker Plays Armstrong Vol. 7, Louis Armstrong interpretiert von Kenny Baker, Vol.15, Kenny Baker Plays Armstrong Vol. 2, Melancholy Moods, Kenny Baker Plays Armstrong Vol. 9, Kenny Baker Plays Armstrong Vol. 10, Jazz Today Volume 1, Kenny Barker, There I Go, My Adobe Hacienda, Louis Armstrong interpretiert von Kenny Baker, Vol.6
Movies Star Wars, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Time Bandits, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Star Wars Holiday Special, Circus of Horrors, Sleeping Beauty, Mona Lisa, The Making of Star Wars, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Goldwyn Follies, Stage Door Canteen, R2-D2: Beneath the Dome, U.F.O., Return of the Ewok, Back2Hell


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#Fact
1 (1997-) Tours as a one man stand-up comedy show called "Kenny Baker".
2 He now lives in Ashton, Preston in the north west of England. [January 2005]
3 Children with Eileen Baker did not inherit their parents' dwarfism.
4 He and Anthony Daniels are the only actors to have a role in all six Star Wars movies.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When the Devil Rides Out post-production
One Night at the Aristo 2013 Short The Bartender (voice)
Casualty 1992-2007 TV Series Charles Isaac / Archie
The Battersea Ripper 2006
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 R2-D2
Swiss Toni 2003 TV Series Guyler
The Cage 2002 Short Merlin
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002 R2-D2
24 Hour Party People 2002 Zookeeper (uncredited)
Boobs in the Wood 1999 Video Bruce the convict
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 R2-D2
The King and I 1999 Captain Orton (voice, as Ken Baker)
U.F.O. 1993 Casanova
Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie 1990 TV Series Invisible Demon
Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader 1989 TV Series Dufflepud
Willow 1988 Nelwyn Band Member (uncredited)
Sleeping Beauty 1987 Elf
Star Tours 1987 Short R2-D2 (uncredited)
Labyrinth 1986 Goblin Corps
Mona Lisa 1986 Brighton Busker
Der Rosenkavalier 1985 TV Movie Baron Och's Retinue
Amadeus 1984 Parody Commendatore
The Adventure Game 1984 TV Series HRH The Rangdo of Arg
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983 R2-D2 Paploo
Ivanhoe 1982 TV Movie Jester (uncredited)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1982 TV Movie Pick Pocket
The Goodies 1980-1981 TV Series Dwarf / EB-GB
Time Bandits 1981 Fidgit
Star Wars Underoos 1980 Short R2-D2
The Elephant Man 1980 Plumed Dwarf
Flash Gordon 1980 Dwarf
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 R2-D2
The Muppet Show 1980 TV Series R2-D2
Wombling Free 1978 Bungo
The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 TV Movie R2-D2 (as R2-D2)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977 R2-D2
Dave Allen at Large 1975 TV Series Salesman
Man of the World 1962 TV Series The Croat
Circus of Horrors 1960 Dwarf (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
3-2-1 1987 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Time Bandits 1981 performer: "Me And My Shadow"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Adventure Game 1980 TV Series animatronics operator: The Rangdo of Arg - 1980

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Star Wars Show 2016 TV Series short in loving memory of - 1 episode
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy 2004 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am Your Father 2015 Documentary Himself
The Real History of Science Fiction 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Sky Midnight News 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
The Podge and Rodge Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Bring Back... Star Wars 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Greatest Ever Blockbuster Movies 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Family Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jeopardy! 2005 TV Series Himself / R2-D2
The Paul O'Grady Show 2005 TV Series Himself
'Star Wars': Feel the Force 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
GMTV 2005 TV Series Himself
The Ultimate Film 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
When Star Wars Ruled the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ultimate Sci-Fi Top 10 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy 2004 Video documentary Himself - 'R2-D2'
Dwarves in Showbiz 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - Webisodes 2001 Video documentary Himself
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story 1999 Video documentary Himself
This Morning 1999 TV Series Himself
Light Lunch 1998 TV Series Himself
Going Live! 1989 TV Series Himself
3-2-1 1987 TV Series Himself - Guest Star
Inside the Labyrinth 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Donald Duck's 50th Birthday 1984 TV Special short R2-D2
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself R2D2 Paploo
The 1980 Sci-Fi Awards 1980 TV Special Himself (as R2D2)
The Making of 'Star Wars' 1977 TV Movie documentary Host - R2-D2 (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Star Wars Show 2016 TV Series short Himself
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series R2D2
Tracks 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Prophets of Science Fiction 2012 TV Series documentary R2-D2
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary R2-D2
A New Chapter: The Story of 'The Force Unleashed' 2008 Video documentary short R2-D2
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series R2-D2
El imperio de los fans 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Fidgit
Muppet Babies 1987 TV Series R2-D2

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#Trademark
1 Best known as R2D2 from the Star Wars films
2 Thick English accent
3 Short stature

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