While not related to BSG
, this passing is related to sci-fi filmdom.
British actor Kenny Baker died in Preston, England, on August 13, 2016, after what was termed a lengthy illness. He was 81 years ago (according to his website).
Baker was best known for playing the astromech R2-D2 in the original Star Wars film trilogy--"Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi"--and the prequel films (1999, 2002, 2005). He also played Paploo, the Ewok who stole an Imperial biker scout's speeder in "Return of the Jedi." Baker's acting credits also included the fantasy films "Time Bandits" & "Willow," the 1980 cult sci-fi film "Flash Gordon," and the Academy Award-winning biopic "Amadeus." In the 2015 Star Wars film "The Force Awakens," he was a consultant for R2-D2.
Baker's obituary can be found here:http://deadline.com/2016/08/star-wars-kenny-baker-r2-d2-obituary-1201803248/
Reactions from Hollywood:http://deadline.com/2016/08/kenny-baker-dies-hollywood-pays-respects-to-r2d2-actor-1201803260/
Kenny Baker will certainly be missed.