George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Ewan McGregor Remember Kenny Baker

Edgar Wright, 'Jeopardy' champ Ken Jennings and Morgan Fairchild, who worked with Baker on 'Sleeping Beauty,' also paid tribute to the R2-D2 actor on social media.
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Kenny Baker with (from right) George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid, Rick McCallum, Peter Mayhew, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee and Anthony Daniels at the UK Premiere of 'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 16, 2005 in London.

Star Wars fans and those who have worked on the franchise took to social media on Saturday to pay tribute to Kenny Baker, the actor behind R2-D2, who died at the age of 81 after a long illness.

Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor and Rogue One writer Gary Whitta all posted about Baker's death. Hamill alluded to a famous Star Wars line when he said of Luke Skywalker's robot pal, "He WAS the droid I was looking for!" McGregor, who played a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, which also featured Baker, said of his co-star, "So sorry to hear about this. It was lovely working with Kenny."

In a statement posted on Starwars.com, Star Wars creator George Lucas remembered the actor.

"Kenny Baker was a real gentleman as well as an incredible trooper who always worked hard under difficult circumstances," said Lucas. "A talented vaudevillian who could always make everybody laugh, Kenny was truly the heart and soul of R2-D2 and will be missed by all his fans and everyone who knew him."

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also mourned the star.

"We’re all saddened to learn of Kenny’s passing," Kennedy said in a statement on Starwars.com. "There is no Star Wars without R2-D2, and Kenny defined who R2-D2 was and is. He will be greatly missed."

Meanwhile, Whitta said Baker was part of his childhood inspiration.

"When I was a kid nothing inspired me more than Star Wars and Time Bandits," he wrote on Twitter. "Kenny Baker was a big part of both. Alas."

Morgan Fairchild, who appeared with Baker in the 1987 film Sleeping Beauty, said of her co-star, "Hate to hear this…lovely man, lovely soul."

JJ Abrams' frequent composer Michael Giacchino, Edgar Wright and Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings also paid tribute to Baker, as did the social media accounts for the Regal movie theater chain and 20th Century Fox, which released the first six Star Wars films.

See what Hollywood is saying about Baker below.

 

Rest In Peace Kenny Baker

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