Veteran radio actor and voice of Admiral Ackbar Erik Bauersfeld died in his Berkeley, California home of natural causes on April 3 at the age of 93.
KPFA stated that Randy Thom was at Bauersfeld’s side at the time of his death holding his hand and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti was reading poetry to him over the phone.
“Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” was Bauersfeld debut film appearance as the voice of Amiral Ackbar. After that he appeared in only a few productions – the video game “Star Wars: X-Wing”, “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, a voice on “Crimson Peak”, and his final appearance again as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”. As himself, Bauersfeld appeared in the documentaries “One Fas Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur”, “Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder”, and “The Kamoro”. The documentary “My Saga” is in post production.
Fascinated with radio since he was a child, Bauersfeld worked as the drama and literature director for KPFA. He said that he was dedicated to promoting the art of radio.
Bauersfeld said that he came to “Star Wars” by accident saying, “the voice work I did in movies was accidental, I was working with Randy Throm on radio dramas at his technical quarters at Lucasfilm. One day Ben Burtt, sound engineer for ‘Star Wars’, came by and asked if I would audition for a voice in the movie. It became two voices Admiral Ackbar and Rib Fortuna.” He added, “voice work in movies wasn’t an occupation I had time to pursue.”
Uttering one of the most famous lines in the film – “it’s a trap” – Bauersfeld said that he doesn’t even remember how he said it; adding that he was flattered but a bit confused by the attention he had received.
He was born on June 28, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. Bauersfeld’s father showed little Erik a radio set when he was just three years old…and it changed his life.
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