“Actor Erik Bauersfeld, known by Star Wars fans around globe as the voice of Admiral Ackbar, has passed away. His passing comes at the age of 93 and the cause was natural causes. Erik will be deeply missed by his family here at Coolwaters and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Thus reads a statement by Coolwaters Productions – Bauersfeld’s management company – that we found at the website of USA Today.
The story continues, “The veteran voice actor and radio drama producer will be best remembered voicing the amphibious Admiral Ackbar, foremost military commander of the Rebel Alliance, in the ‘Star Wars’ saga.
“Ackbar gave the famous line in 1983’s ‘Return of the Jedi,’ ‘It’s a trap’ which became a popular internet meme. Bauersfeld was surprised to learn about Ackbar’s popularity years after executing the work.”
In this short interview Bauersfeld talks about his Star Wars work: