Kenny Baker was born in Birmingham, England and attended boarding school in Kent. Son of Ethel, a pianist and dress maker and Harold Baker, an artist musician, and draftsman.
Baker was selected by George Lucas to operate R2D2 in the feature film Star Wars. He initially had turned down the role that would define his career. He had recalled telling Lucas, "I don't want to be stuck in a robot. What for, for goodness' sake?" But he relented saying, "I'll help you out, I'll do you a favor." For which we are all pretty thankful for.
Baker appeared as R2D2 in six of the Star Wars films, and also played an additional role in Return of the Jedi as Paploo, the Ewok who steals the Imperial speeder bike.
One of the key things we think is important is giving back to the community. I know many builders do it as well and all I can say is thank you! You're helping make the world a better place. We want to do the same while honoring Kenny, so we are donating the proceeds from this coin run to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Kenny's name.