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Actor who played R2D2 dies

AAP logoAAP 13/08/2016

Kenny Baker, the actor who played R2D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 81, his agent says.

Baker, who was 112cm tall, found fame in 1977 playing the robot in the first Star Wars film and reprised the role in subsequent films in the hit franchise.

He also appeared in Flash Gordon, Time Bandits and Mona Lisa.

Baker's agent Johnny Mans said: "He will be sadly missed."

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