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Kenny Baker

Biography

British isles jazz musician Kenny Baker, of zero relation to the key American country fiddler of the same name, began playing cornet in an area brass band when he was 12, subsequent many years of piano lessons in the home. By 18 he was gigging skillfully with Lew Rock, and had going for the best city of London like many a English jazzer from your hinterlands. This early stage of Baker’s profession also included gigs with performers such as for example Maurice Winnick, Sid Millward, as well as the popular orchestra innovator Ambrose, the second option gig a terrific way to fulfill a great many other talented players thinking about jazz in those days . From 1946 through the finish of the 10 years, Baker worked well as business lead trumpeter and arranger for bandleader Ted Heath. Then began engaging in soundtrack work, and may be heard within the ratings to films such as for example Genevieve as well as the Red Shoes. He previously his personal group during this time period entitled Baker’s Dozen, but worked well mostly within the more profitable field of film and tv scoring. Even though he still experienced a higher profile within the English jazz picture and won many Melody Manufacturer polls. The trumpeter documented by himself for labels such as for example Nixa, Polygon, as well as the English branch of Columbia, and in addition does some good playing on Heath’s Decca and London produces, especially and certainly the 1958 Limelight on Sidemen. Baker continued to be energetic until he passed on in his past due ’70s. Obituaries in his indigenous press explained him like a “soloist, section guy supreme, and innovator.”

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 Groups Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys
Music Songs Jerusalem's Ridge, Road To Columbus, Roxanna Waltz, Frost On The Pumpkin, Bluegrass In The Backwoods, Festival Waltz, Cross Eyed Fiddler, Grassy FiddleBlues, Flopareno, Tune For Andy, Denver Belle, Fiddler's Pastime, Doc Harris, The Fisherman, Daley's Reel, Big Sandy River, Darkness On The Delta, Dry & Dusty, Back Up And Push, Lost Indian, Sweet Bunch Of Daisies, Indian Killed A Woodcock, Ragtime Annie, Sugar Tree Stomp, Shelby Rock, Ashland Breakdown, Music City Waltz, Bobby Van's Hornpipe, McHattie's Waltz, Cricket On The Hearth, Indian Springs, Spider Bit The Baby, Greenleaf 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.13, The Harvey Girls (O.S.T - 1946), Walk all over you, 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, Kenny Barker, There I Go, My Adobe Hacienda, Louis Armstrong interpretiert von Kenny Baker, Vol.6, Louis Armstrong interpretiert von Kenny Baker, Vol.12, Louis Armstrong interpretiert von Kenny Baker, Vol.10, Louis Armstrong interpretiert von Kenny Baker, Vol.3
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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