June 28, 1922|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 3, 2016
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Radio dramatist, voice actor|
Erik Bauersfeld (June 28, 1922 – April 3, 2016) was an American radio dramatist and voice actor. His most notable role was providing the voices of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in the third film of the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi (1983). He reprised his role as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
Bauersfeld was attracted to radio work at a very young age. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy. His post-secondary education included time studying at Cooper Union in New York, and then at the University of California, Berkeley, where he concentrated on aesthetics and painting.
Bauersfeld was teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute, when he began working at Pacifica Radio station KPFA-FM in Berkeley, beginning in 1961. He served as the Director of KPFA's Drama and Literature Department for 31 years. Outside of radio, he dabbled in voice over work in films and video games.
Bauersfeld was working at Lucasfilm on a radio project, with sound designer Randy Thom, when eventually he was approached by Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt. Burtt asked him to read for the part of Ackbar. According to Bauersfeld, he was shown a picture of Ackbar and instantly came up with the character's voice. Ackbar's lines, including the memorable exclamation "IT'S A TRAP!!!", took an hour for Bauersfeld to record. He then spent an additional 30 minutes reading for the voice of Bib Fortuna, who was Jabba the Hutt's majordomo. Both of his vocal parts were added to the finished production of Return of the Jedi, but Bauersfeld received no screen credit at the time.
He also voiced several characters in the 1979 Highbridge audio productions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Personal life and death
|1983||Return of the Jedi||Admiral Gial Ackbar/Bib Fortuna||Voice|||
|2001||A.I. Artificial Intelligence||Gardener||Voice|||
|2015||Crimson Peak||Additional voices|||
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Admiral Gial Ackbar||Voice|||
|1993||Star Wars: X-Wing||Admiral Gial Ackbar|||
|2009||Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron||Admiral Gial Ackbar|||
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