Countdown to 'Star Wars'

Happy birthday Kenny Baker

“Star Wars” robots R2D2 and 3CPO with host David Letterman after they delivered the “Top Ten List.”
“Star Wars” robots R2D2 and 3CPO with host David Letterman after they delivered the “Top Ten List.” TNS

Kenny Baker is one of the very few actors who can brag that he will have appeared in all seven of the “Star Wars” movies when “The Force Awakens” opens in December.

The British actor - who turns 81 - has been the man inside the R2-D2 costume for all of the movies. He even put the costume on for an episodes of “The Muppet Show” in 1980.

He would have had another “Star Wars” credit as Baker was to portray Wicket in “Return of the Jedi.” But, Baker got sick and couldn’t play the role.

Despite standing only 3-feet-8, it was often difficult for Baker to work inside the mechanical suit.

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