Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Admiral Ackbar Voice Actor Erik Bauersfeld Passes Away at 93

The voice actor for two iconic "Star Wars" characters has passed away at age 93. Erik Bauersfeld is the voice of both Admiral Ackbar and Jabba the Hutt's righthand man, Bib Fortuna in "Return of the Jedi." he also returned to the role of Ackbar for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

The Hollywood Reporter had more:

"In the 1983 space opera, Bauersfeld [delivered] the iconic line, 'It's a trap!' — when the fate of the alliance looks grim during the Death Star fleet attack.

Bauersfeld's other roles include voice work in last year's Guillermo Del Toro film 'Crimson Peak' and Steven Spielberg's 2001 film 'A.I. Artificial Intelligence.'

'The voice work I did in movies was accidental,' wrote Bauersfeld on the website for his non-profit, Bay Area Radio Drama. 'I was working with Randy Thom on radio dramas at his technical quarters at Lucasfilm. One day Ben Burtt, sound designer for 'Star Wars,' came by and asked if I would audition for a voice in the movie.'

He is also credited with voiceover work for the Ackbar character in 'Star Wars: X-Wing,' a 1993 flight simulator video game."

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