Tony Dyson, creator of 'Star Wars' droid R2-D2, dies at 68

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R2-D2 Creator Tony Dyson Found Dead in Home by Police

Tony Dyson, the man who helped the create the R2-D2 robot for the "Star Wars" films, has died. He was 68.

According to multiple media reports overseas, police found his body at his home in Gozo, an island in Malta, after being called by concerned neighbors. Police suspect no foul play.

R2-D2, who first appeared in 1977's "Star Wars: A New Hope," was designed by Ralph McQuarrie and John Stears. Dyson, however, was the one who created the two physical models for the film, one of which included the one that could be worn by actor Kenny Baker.

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Tony Dyson, creator of 'Star Wars' droid R2-D2, dies at 68
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 16: (L-R) Droid builder Oliver Steeples, director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and moderator Anthony Breznican with R2-D2 and BB-8 onstage during Star Wars Celebration 2015 on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 16: Droid BB8 on display inside the 'Star Wars The Force Awakens' exhibit on Day One of Disney's 2015 Star Wars Celebration held at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 16: Inside the 'Star Wars The Force Awakens' exhibit on Day One of Disney's 2015 Star Wars Celebration held at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 16: Actor Oscar Isaac attends Star Wars Celebration 2015 on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
In this July 24, 2015 photo, an employee at Sphero, a fast-growing toy robotics company, works surrounded by Star Wars toys and posters, at the company headquarters in Boulder, Colo. The company has collaborated with Lucasfilm-parent Disney to develop the BB-8, a droid character which will be featured in “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.” (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this July 24, 2015 photo, Sphero co-founder and CTO Ian Bernstein works on a project at the fast-growing toy robotics company Sphero, in Boulder, Colo. The company has collaborated with Lucasfilm-parent Disney to develop the BB-8, a droid character which will be featured in âStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.â (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Visitors look at the Star Wars rice paddy with film characters, BB8 (L), C-3PO (C) and R2-D2 (R) in Inakadate village in Aomori prefecture on August 1, 2015. The Star Wars rice paddy was made to commemorate the upcoming film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' which will be released in December. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
A new Star Wars Nebuta float featuring Rey, Kylo Ren and BB-8 (L) moves beside traditional Nebuta float (R) during the eve of the Nebuta summer festival in Aomori city, Aomori prefecture on August 1, 2015. Four Star Wars Nebuta floats were introduced to commemorate the Star Wars series new movie, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' which will show in world wide from December this year. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 16: R2-D2 (L) and BB-8 attend Star Wars Celebration 2015 on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
In this July 24, 2015 photo, project managers Bryan Rowe, right, and Bill Cullen, play with Sphero remote controlled toys at Sphero, a fast-growing toy robotics company, in Boulder, Colo. The company has collaborated with Lucasfilm-parent Disney to develop the BB-8, a droid character which will be featured in “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.” (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this July 24, 2015 photo, examples of the remote controlled ball toy called Sphero sit are held by an employee at Sphero, a fast-growing toy robotics company in Boulder, Colo. The company has collaborated with Lucasfilm-parent Disney to develop the BB-8, a droid character which will be featured in “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.” (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this July 24, 2015 photo, an employee at Sphero, a fast-growing toy robotics company, plays with the remote controlled Sphero toy, at the company's headquarters in Boulder, Colo. The company has collaborated with Lucasfilm-parent Disney to develop the BB-8, a droid character which will be featured in “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.” (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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But Dyson's special effects experience extended far beyond a galaxy far, far away. He also worked on films like "Superman 2," the James Bond film "Moon Raker," and "Dragon Slayer."

He also designed robots for commercials for companies like Sony, Toshiba, and Philips. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the Sony commercial, which featured the voice of John Cleese as a robot talking about the benefits of using CDs .

In recent years, Dyson had worked as a motivational speaker, travelling to different robotics and fan conventions and using the story of how he designed R2-D2 to inspire others to pursue their dreams.

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