The Star Wars Actor Erik Bauersfeld passes away

Erik Bauersfeld was 93

His part in Star Wars may have been small, but Erik Bauersfeld uttered one of the most oft-quoted lines in movie history, “It’s a trap!” as the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi. The 93-year-old voice actor and radio dramatist died on Sunday.

Bauersfeld worked primarily in public radio beginning in the 1960s. After being recruited by Star WarsOscar-winning sound designer Randy Thom to help with Star Wars, he auditioned for the voice of Yoda.

 Twentieth Century Fox

He was a finalist for the part, though the job went to Jim Henson disciple (and voice of Miss Piggy) Frank Oz. But Bauersfeld did win the parts of both Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna, Jabba the Hut’s frog-like associate.“It’s a trap” has gained particular notoriety in the age of the Internet meme.

Jon Stewart even deployed the line on The Daily Show in a conversation about Republicans’ refusal to meet with Obama about Obamacare.

-from Time


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s