Given the release of The Force Awakens and my subsequent introduction to the Star Wars universe, it seemed appropriate to rewatch Episode 4.17 of The Muppet Show, guest starring "The Stars of Star Wars": Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Chewbacca. The credits are given as follows (including the lack of droid name hyphenation; that's just how they wrote it).

Special Guest Star


with Guest Stars


PETER MAYHEW as Chewbacca

R2D2 as Himself

R2 most definitely "speaks" throughout the episode, and IMDb says that Kenny Baker is the man responsible for those bleeps and bloops, so why isn't he named in the credits?

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    Inasfar as wikia counts as a source: 'For R2-D2, although Kenny Baker originated the role in the movies, a "three legged" R2 robot was used for his Muppet appearances, operated by radio control.' (muppet.wikia.com/wiki/C-3PO_and_R2-D2). I don't think Baker 'bleeped' a lot himself. – Eike Pierstorff Jan 6 '16 at 6:33
  • I noticed that you still haven't accepted my answer. Was there anything you felt was lacking? – Valorum Oct 19 '18 at 8:05

According to this interview on the Starwarz.com website, Kenny Baker wasn't involved in the Muppet Specials. In those occasions when R2-D2 was required to make a celebrity appearance, they would use the remote-controlled (three-legged) prop that was used when R2-D2 wasn't required to walk upright.

Q. "Were you ever in the R2 suit in anything outside the films like specials, TV appearances, premieres, etc.?"

K.B. "No. On the few times that there was a Star Wars special they would use the three legged R2, like on the Muppet Show. Anthony and Mark did a few shows though."

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