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Admiral Ackbar speaks: The Erik Bauersfeld interview
Admiral Ackbar speaks: The Erik Bauersfeld interview
Published: 2012/02/14
Channel: Peter Hartlaub
Erik Bauersfeld: The Voice behind Admiral Ackbar (His final interview)
Erik Bauersfeld: The Voice behind Admiral Ackbar (His final interview)
Published: 2016/04/12
Channel: Jamie Stangroom
Admiral Ackbar actor says "IT
Admiral Ackbar actor says "IT'S A TRAP!" in 8 styles! (Erik Bauersfeld)
Published: 2016/04/12
Channel: Jamie Stangroom
Eric Mottram talks with Erik Bauersfeld 1982
Eric Mottram talks with Erik Bauersfeld 1982
Published: 2018/04/12
Channel: John Whiting
Q&A With Erik Bauersfeld@ FanBoy Expo Tampa 2014
Q&A With Erik Bauersfeld@ FanBoy Expo Tampa 2014
Published: 2014/09/22
Channel: MR.GEEKMEOUT
Amiral Akbar (Erik Bauersfeld) Saying "It
Amiral Akbar (Erik Bauersfeld) Saying "It's A Trap"
Published: 2014/12/25
Channel: Sam Sugarman
'Star Wars' Voice Actor Erik Bauersfeld Dies at 93
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: United News International
The Hobbit: Mind
The Hobbit: Mind's Eye Radio Drama
Published: 2017/10/26
Channel: Darren Almgren
'Star Wars' voice actor Erik Bauersfeld dead at 93
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: BNO News
The Voice Actor of Admiral Ackbar (Star Wars) , Erik Bauersfeld..... Has Died At Age 93
The Voice Actor of Admiral Ackbar (Star Wars) , Erik Bauersfeld..... Has Died At Age 93
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: DoctorOverbuild
Meeting Erik Bauersfeld
Meeting Erik Bauersfeld
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: Low Budget Man
Star Wars Jedi Outpost Episode 2
Star Wars Jedi Outpost Episode 2
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: Film School Hooligans
'The Boarded Window' - from The Black Mass
Published: 2012/07/16
Channel: David Longhorn
Voice of Admiral Ackbar & Bib Fortuna, Eric Bauersfeld Signing Autographs at Star Wars Celebration!
Voice of Admiral Ackbar & Bib Fortuna, Eric Bauersfeld Signing Autographs at Star Wars Celebration!
Published: 2015/04/18
Channel: Piece Of History Collectibles
Erik Bauersfeld Signing Autograph
Erik Bauersfeld Signing Autograph
Published: 2014/09/16
Channel: MR.GEEKMEOUT
STAR WARS ADMIRAL ACKBAR AUDITION RIP ERIK BAUERSFELD
STAR WARS ADMIRAL ACKBAR AUDITION RIP ERIK BAUERSFELD
Published: 2016/04/08
Channel: Tim Changzzzzz
"It
"It's A Trap!" | All Admiral Ackbar Scenes | Eps 6-8 | Star Wars.
Published: 2018/04/29
Channel: Star Wars Story
The Many Voices of Admiral Ackbar!
The Many Voices of Admiral Ackbar!
Published: 2015/12/22
Channel: Jamie Stangroom
'The Outsider' from The Black Mass
Published: 2012/07/17
Channel: David Longhorn
LFCC 2015 Tom and Jack meet Lea Thompson & Erik Bauersfeld
LFCC 2015 Tom and Jack meet Lea Thompson & Erik Bauersfeld
Published: 2015/07/20
Channel: Bros United
Star Wars: Bib Fortuna - All Dialogue Scenes.
Star Wars: Bib Fortuna - All Dialogue Scenes.
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: Star Wars Story
Tinseltown Stiffs - Erik Bauersfeld
Tinseltown Stiffs - Erik Bauersfeld
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: HollywoodBabbleOnVid
Erik Bauersfeld 1922-2016
Erik Bauersfeld 1922-2016
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: Flower Productions
Interview with Erik Bauersfeld at his first convention @ Fanboy expo 2013
Interview with Erik Bauersfeld at his first convention @ Fanboy expo 2013
Published: 2013/07/12
Channel: GeekConCoverage
RIP Admiral Ackbar (Erik Bauersfeld)
RIP Admiral Ackbar (Erik Bauersfeld)
Published: 2016/04/08
Channel: TheAgendaOnTV2KSU
Muere Erik Bauersfeld, voz de "Ackbar" en "Star Wars"
Muere Erik Bauersfeld, voz de "Ackbar" en "Star Wars"
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: Hidrocálido TV
Erik Bauersfeld (1922-2016) and all the Other People who Died in 2016
Erik Bauersfeld (1922-2016) and all the Other People who Died in 2016
Published: 2016/12/31
Channel: Jared Wignall
R.I.P Tribute to Erik Bauersfeld
R.I.P Tribute to Erik Bauersfeld
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: Eye Eye Studios
Admiral Ackbar voice actor Erik Bauersfeld dies at 93 Star Wars
Admiral Ackbar voice actor Erik Bauersfeld dies at 93 Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar Actor Dead At Age 93
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: Charlie Hatfield
Erik Bauersfeld
Erik Bauersfeld
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: hyperdragoon62002
The Black Mass - The Boarded Window (February 12, 1964)
The Black Mass - The Boarded Window (February 12, 1964)
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: A Room With A Past
ERIK BAUERS­FELD is dead
ERIK BAUERS­FELD is dead
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: TWIN TV PRODUCTIONS
Admiral Ackbar - "It
Admiral Ackbar - "It's A Trap!"
Published: 2011/08/27
Channel: Eric Geller
The Black Mass - "Proof Positive"
The Black Mass - "Proof Positive"
Published: 2011/07/09
Channel: Christian Larsen
'The Imp of the Perverse' from The Black Mass
Published: 2012/12/10
Channel: David Longhorn
'The Boarded Window' - from The Black Mass
Published: 2018/02/09
Channel: Gary Garza
STAR WARS IMPRESSIONS! (Vader, Solo, Finn, Kylo Ren)
STAR WARS IMPRESSIONS! (Vader, Solo, Finn, Kylo Ren)
Published: 2018/06/22
Channel: Black Gryph0n
The Black Mass - Tales By Dunsany (February 1, 1964)
The Black Mass - Tales By Dunsany (February 1, 1964)
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: A Room With A Past
The Black Mass - The Witch Of The Willows (January 29, 1964)
The Black Mass - The Witch Of The Willows (January 29, 1964)
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: A Room With A Past
Token Nerd Ep 12 (It
Token Nerd Ep 12 (It's a Trap)
Published: 2016/04/07
Channel: Token Nerd
'The Imp of the Perverse' from The Black Mass
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: Clifton Pierce
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м.я.נαмεs ➽ αη εvεηιηgs εηтεятαιηмεηт
Published: 2013/09/28
Channel: ƬƛԼЄƧ ƠƑ ƬЄƦƦƠƦ
'Proof Positive' from The Black Mass
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: Clifton Pierce
Sad News To All Admiral Ackbar And Bib Fortunia Fans
Sad News To All Admiral Ackbar And Bib Fortunia Fans
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: Joshua joshtwc10
Haussmann, or the Distinction Audiobook | Paul LaFarge
Haussmann, or the Distinction Audiobook | Paul LaFarge
Published: 2017/04/02
Channel: Aldo Edward
Celebrity Deaths of 2016
Celebrity Deaths of 2016
Published: 2016/12/30
Channel: Nexus
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Published: 2015/12/01
Channel: Star Wars: Das erwachen der macht (OmU)
H. P. Lovecraft - The Rats In The Walls (OTR)
H. P. Lovecraft - The Rats In The Walls (OTR)
Published: 2012/09/15
Channel: Baskerville Manor
The Lord of the Rings - Mind
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Published: 2009/06/05
Channel: Lelasalle
The Black Mass ~ The Boarded Window
The Black Mass ~ The Boarded Window
Published: 2017/12/02
Channel: Chilly Moonlight
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Erik Bauersfeld
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Bauersfeld at Rhode Island Comic Con in 2015
Born (1922-06-28)June 28, 1922
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died April 3, 2016(2016-04-03) (aged 93)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Occupation Radio dramatist, voice actor
Years active 1961–2015

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).[1] He reprised his role as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).[2]

Early life[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

Bauersfeld was teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute, when he began working at Pacifica Radio station KPFA-FM in Berkeley, beginning in 1961.[3] He served as the Director of KPFA's Drama and Literature Department for 31 years.[4] Outside of radio, he dabbled in voice over work in films and video games.

Bauersfeld was working at Lucasfilm on a radio project,[2] 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.[4] Ackbar's lines, including the memorable exclamation "It's a trap!", took an hour for Bauersfeld to record.[4] He then spent an additional 30 minutes reading for the voice of Bib Fortuna, who was Jabba the Hutt's majordomo.[4] 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.[4]

He was the last person to read for the part of Yoda, a role that eventually went to puppeteer Frank Oz.[5]

He also voiced several characters in the 1979 Highbridge audio productions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Bauersfeld reprised his role as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in several video games (including Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron), as well as in The Force Awakens.[6]

Personal life and death[edit]

He was a close friend of poet and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti.[4] In 2015, he attended the Star Wars Celebration at Anaheim.[7]

Bauersfeld died at his home in Berkeley, California, on 3 April 2016, at the age of 93.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1983 Return of the Jedi Admiral Gial Ackbar / Bib Fortuna Voice [6]
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Gardener [6]
2015 Crimson Peak Additional voices [6]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Admiral Gial Ackbar Voice – Final Film Role [6]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Ref.
1993 Star Wars: X-Wing Admiral Gial Ackbar [6]
2009 Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hartlaub, Peter (July 14, 2015). "Let this 93-year-old voice Admiral Ackbar in the new "Star Wars"". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Adam Withnall (5 April 2016). "Admiral Ackbar voice actor Erik Bauersfeld dies aged 93". independent.co.uk. The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Moyer, Justin Wm. (April 5, 2016). "'Star Wars' actor Erik Bauersfeld — 'It's a trap!' — dead at 93". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Hartlaub, Peter (September 20, 2011). "Admiral Ackbar speaks: Erik Bauersfeld a force in 'Star Wars' cosmos". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ Admiral Ackbar speaks: The Erik Bauersfeld interview. 14 February 2012 – via YouTube. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Justin Enriquez (5 April 2016). "Star Wars actor Erik Bauersfeld dies aged 93". dailymail.co.uk. Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Star Wars Celebration 2015: Ian McDiarmid and More Confirmed". starwars.com. StarWars.com. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Hayden, Erik (April 4, 2016). "Erik Bauersfeld, Admiral Ackbar Voice Actor in 'Star Wars' Films, Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Erik Bauersfeld, who immortalized, 'It's a trap' as Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars, dies". theguardian.com. The Guardian. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 

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