Voice of Admiral Ackbar Dies

Erik Bauersfeld had one of the most beloved lines in 'Star Wars'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 5, 2016 1:28 AM CDT

Erik Bauersfeld, who turned three words from a minor acting role—"It's a trap!"—into one of the most beloved lines of the Star Wars series, has died, the AP reports. His manager says the performer died Sunday at his home in Berkeley, Calif., at the age of 93. Bauersfeld worked in radio for much of his life. He stumbled into the Star Wars series while working on a radio project at Lucasfilm. Bauersfeld ended up voicing the roles of both the Rebellion's Admiral Ackbar and Jabba the Hutt's ghostly steward Bib Fortuna in 1983's Return of the Jedi. Ackbar—a fan favorite despite limited screen time—returned for a cameo role in The Force Awakens, the BBC notes. (More Star Wars stories.)

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