Erik Bauersfeld, who voiced one of the most iconic phrases in the Star Wars franchise — "It's a trap!" — has passed away at the age of 93.
Bauersfeld not only provided the distinct gruffness of the Rebellion's Admiral Ackbar in 1983's Return Of The Jedi, but additionally lent his voice to Jabba the Hutt’s naive and infinitely quotable sidekick, Bib Fortuna. He, alongside original puppeteer Tim Rose, were also given a cameo in Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
He passed away on Sunday morning at his home in Berkeley, California, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
Bauersfeld's other voice roles include parts in Del Toro's Crimson Peak and Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence. He wrote on his non-profit Bay Area Radio Drama website:
The voice work I did in movies was accidental. I was working with Randy Thom on radio dramas at his technical quarters at Lucasfilm. One day Ben Burtt, sound designer for Star Wars, came by and asked if I would audition for a voice in the movie. It became two voices, Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna. It took little time and I was back to Randy for more radio O'Neill. George Lucas approved both auditions and other movies followed including Imax films for several national parks, and a brief voice in AI for Steven Spielberg. It wasn't an occupation I had time to pursue... unfortunately, but for me the art of sound design in film making was brought more and more into how radio drama might be enhanced. This in turn brought very great association for my interest in locational radio drama, another instance of how one artistic field gains in partnership with another.