Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Erik Bauersfeld Voice of Ackbar Died at 93
Born on June 28, 1922 began his career as a radio dramatist and voice actor. His death was confirmed by Hollywood Reporter early this morning. Bauersfeld shares his story how he got the voice part when he 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.
His other works besides being the voice of Admiral Ackbark and Jabba the Hutt's majordomo Bib Fortuna got him to have roles include the voice in last year's Guillermo Del Toro film Crimson Peak and Steven Spielberg's 2001 film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.