The man who voiced Star Wars’ Admiral Ackbar has died aged 93

"It's a trap!" Erik Bauersfeld, the voice actor who inspired the ultimate Star Wars meme, has passed away

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Erik Bauersfeld, the voice actor made famous for his role as rebel leader Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars, has died.

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The 93-year-old became a cult figure after his line – “It’s a trap!” – made its way into Star Wars folklore.

Bauersfeld also voiced the character Bib Fortuna, Jabba the Hutt’s servant, in Return of the Jedi, and returned as Ackbar for a cameo appearance in The Force Awakens last year.

In December last year, he explained to BBC Radio 5 Live how JJ Abrams called him, asking him to appear in The Force Awakens.

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“Somebody called me up one morning, and it was JJ, and he said, ‘We want you to do an audition, come on over,'” he said. “There was a screen, and there was Ackbar. I went up to the screen… ‘It’s a trap!'”