R2D2 was developed for Star Wars, Part One, by Ralph McQuarrie (Sketches), John Stears (Character Development) and Tony Dyson (Model Design), who had his own Studio in the UK, called "The White Horse Toy Company". Played by Midget, Kenny Baker, the Novel refers to this Robot Model as a "Thermocapsulary Dehousing Assister". Later it's simply refered to as a Robot of the "Astromech Droid" Make and Model Sort. Of course in the Movie Series, while Growing Up on Tatooine, Anakin Skywalker fixes h...
'Star Wars' cast: Where are they now?
Kenny Baker is very private and is quite uncomfortable with the "Star Wars" fanfare. Surprisingly -- and quite sadly -- Kenny didn't get along at all with his onscreen pal, C-3PO (played by Anthony Daniels). After his involvement with the films, he continued to find success acting and even enjoyed a brief stand-up comedy career in the late '90s. Now, the 78-year-old actor lives in Lancashire with his dwarf wife and "normal-sized" sons. Kenny wrote a biography entitled "From Tiny Acorns: The ...