Erik Bauersfeld

Born in Brooklyn in the 1920s, Erik Bauersfeld was a lover of radio at a young age, but he didn't immediately break into the field. He was interrupted by war, as he served in the US Navy during World War II before ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1923 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

Crimson Peak 2015 (Movie)

(Voice)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 (Movie)

Admiral Ackbar (Actor)

Hard Scrambled 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Born in Brooklyn in the 1920s, Erik Bauersfeld was a lover of radio at a young age, but he didn't immediately break into the field. He was interrupted by war, as he served in the US Navy during World War II before attending Cooper Union and University of California Berkeley. At first, when he graduated college, he taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, but his love of radio never went away and he followed his dream to work at the Berkeley radio station KPFA-FM in 1961. He ran the station's drama department for three decades, and during that time, he occasionally worked as a voice actor. While working at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, Bauersfeld was called in by legendary Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt. Given the roles of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna, he spent roughly an hour and a half with Burtt working on lines for both characters in the Star Wars movie "Return of the Jedi" (1983). Bauersfeld initially went uncredited, but his work as Admiral Ackbar became a fan favorite and he received an official credit years later. While he returned to voice Ackbar in a few Star Wars video games over the years, Bauersfeld didn't appear in other film projects until a voice-over role in Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (2001). He returned to voice Ackbar in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015) and also contributed voices to Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak" (2015). Bauersfeld passed away at the age of 93 in April 2016.

EDUCATION

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

University of California, Berkeley

Milestones

1993

Made video game voice-acting debut in Star Wars: X-Wing

1983

Appeared as Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in "Return of the Jedi"

1961

Made professional radio drama debut on the Berkeley station KPFA-FM

Bonus Trivia

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Bauersfeld worked for non-profit radio station KPFA for over three decades.

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