An actor Erik Bauersfeld, who voiced Admiral Ackbar in the fantastic saga "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi", (1983) is dead. He passed away at the age of 93. His manager Derek Maki said that the actor died on Sunday at his home in Berkeley, California.
Erik Bauersfeld was an American radio dramatist and voice actor. His most notable role was voicing of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in the third film of the original Star Wars trilogy, “Return of the Jedi”. He reprised his role as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015.
Bauersfeld served as the Director of KPFA's drama and literature department for thirty-one years. Besides radio, he dabbled in voice-over work in films and video games.
Bauersfeld cooperated with sound designer Randy Thom, while working on a radio projectat Lucasfilm, when he was approached by Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt. Burtt asked him to read for the part of Ackbar. According to Bauersfeld, after he saw a picture of Ackbar, he instantly came up with the character's voice. Ackbar's lines only took an hour for Bauersfeld to record them. 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.
The actor's phrase "It's a trap!" in "Star Wars" immortalized him in film history, and the short episode with racy character Admiral Ackbar became the basis for internet memes.