Erik Bauersfeld

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Erik Bauersfeld
Born (1922-06-28) 28 June 1922 (age 93)
Occupation radio dramatist, voice-actor

Erik Bauersfeld (born June 28, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York City) is 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.[1] He reprises his role as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Bauersfeld is a resident of Berkeley, California.[1][2] He is a close friend of poet and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti.[2]


Bauersfeld served as the Director of KPFA's drama and literature department for thirty-one years.[2] Outside of radio, he has 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 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.[2] Ackbar's lines only took an hour for Bauersfeld to record.[2] He then spent an additional 30 minutes reading for the voice of Bib Fortuna, who was Jabba the Hutt's majordomo.[2] 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.[2]

He was also the last person to read for the part of Yoda, a role that eventually went to puppeteer Frank Oz.[3]



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