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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 14 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

WALL·E
WALL·E Sound Department
(2008)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
(1977)

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 2019 Indiana Jones 5 (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor) (announced)
 2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII (sound designer) (post-production)
 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (sound design)
 2014 The Signal (re-recording mixer) / (sound designer)
 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2013 Escape from Planet Earth (additional sound designer)
 2012 Lincoln (additional re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound) / (sound designer)
 2012 John Carter (sound consultation)
 2012 Red Tails (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2011 Super 8 (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2010 Toy Story 3 (sound effects recordist: garbage truck - uncredited)
 2009 Star Trek (sound designer) / (sound editor)
 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)
 2005 Munich (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Sound Design by) / (supervising sound editor)
 2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 1989 Always (re-recording mixer) / (sound: design)
 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer)
 1988 Willow (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer)
 1986 Nutcracker (sound designer) / (sound re-recording mixer)
 1986 Howard the Duck (sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound) / (sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound)
 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (re-recording mixer) / (sound designer)
 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 (sound designer - uncredited) / (supervising sound editor)
 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (special 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)
 1927 Wings (sound designer and mixer: Skywalker Sound - 2012 version) / (sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound - 2012 version)
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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.

Height:

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 »

Trivia:

To create the rumbling sound of the gigantic boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), he placed a microphone close to the tire of his Honda Civic as it coasted slowly down his gravel driveway. The recording was later engineered at various speeds to best replicate the rolling boulder. See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Cancer

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NO EPISODE 3 COMMENTARY? balsho
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