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Erik Bauersfeld
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Voice Actor
    (June 28, 1922-April 3, 2016)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Drama director for radio station KPFA in Berkeley, California (1963-91)
    Provided the voices of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in ‘The Return of the Jedi’ (1983)
    Reprised his role as Admiral Ackbar in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015)
    He avoided on-screen appearances due to stage fright.
    He never saw the original ‘Star Wars.’
    He auditioned unsuccessfully for the voice of Yoda.
    His Admiral Ackbar line ‘It’s a trap!’ has been endlessly parodied.
    He was not listed in the original credits of ‘Return of the Jedi.’
    He served in the US Navy during World War II.
    He was a mentor to several sound engineers, such as two-time Oscar winner Randy Thom.
    He came up with Admiral Ackbar’s voice immediately after being shown a picture of the character: ‘I saw the face, and I knew what he must sound like.’
    He politely answered every request for an autograph that he received in the mail.
    The San Francisco Chronicle noted, ‘While he never became a fan of Star Wars, through correspondence he became a fan of the fans…. He enjoyed their passion and sincerity.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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