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Ben Burtt

Ben Burtt was born on July 12, 1948 in Jamesville, New York, USA. He is known for his work on WALL·E (2008), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). See full bio »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (sound designer) / (sound mixer) (post-production)
 2014 The A-List (sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound)
 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2013 Escape from Planet Earth (additional sound designer)
 2012 Lincoln (additional sound re-recording mixer)
 2012 John Carter (sound consultant)
 2012 Red Tails (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2011 Super 8 (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2009 Star Trek (sound designer) / (sound editor)
 2008 Animation Sound Design: Building Worlds from the Sound Up (Video documentary short) (sound re-recording mixer)
 2008 WALL·E (character voice designer) / (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2007 Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 (Video short) (original sound designer: lightsaber)
 2005 Munich (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2005 Star Wars: Republic Commando (Video Game) (original sound effects)
 2004 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2004 Star Wars: Battlefront (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2003 Star Wars: Clone Wars (TV Series) (original sound effects)
 2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2002 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (Video Game) (original sound effects)
 2002 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2002 Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter (Video Game) (sound designer: original Star Wars sound effects)
 2001 Star Wars: Episode I - Battle for Naboo (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2001 Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 1999 The American Experience (TV Series documentary) (sound effects editor - 1 episode)
- Fly Girls (1999) ... (sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound)
 1990 Blue Planet (Short documentary) (sound re-recording mixer)
 1989 Always (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer)
 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer)
 1988 Willow (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer)
 1986 Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic (Documentary short) (sound designer)
 1986 Nutcracker (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer)
 1986 Howard the Duck (sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound) / (sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound)
 1986 The Great Heep (TV Movie) (sound effects designer)
 1985 The Dream Is Alive (Documentary short) (sound designer)
 1984 André and Wally B. (Short) (sound designer)
 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer)
 1982 The Dark Crystal (special sound effects creator)
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (voice designer: E.T.)
 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark (sound designer)
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (sound designer) / (supervising sound effects editor)
 1979 More American Graffiti (supervising sound editor)
 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (special sound effects)
 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie) (sound effects)
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (sound designer - 1997 special version) / (special dialogue and sound effects)
 1975 Death Race 2000 (sound designer - uncredited)
 1975 Recorded Live (Short) (sound re-recordist - as Ben Burtt Jr.)
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Other Works:

Star Wars Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide: A Language Guide to the Galaxy (book). Illustrations by Sergio Aragonés. New York: Del Rey, 2001. ISBN 0345440749. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ben Burt | Benjamin Burtt Jr. | Ben Burtt Jr.


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

Your success as an artist, to say something new, ultimately depends on the breadth of your education. My recommendation would be to major in an area other than film, develop a point of view, and then apply that knowledge to film. Because if film is all you know, you cannot help but make derivative work. I found that what I had learned about sound, history, biology, English, physics all goes into ... See more »


June 2005: Left his long-term job at Lucasfilm to work for the spin-off company, Pixar. See more »


Putting "the Wilhelm scream" in the films he edits See more »

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