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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)
 2015 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 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 designer) / (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 (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 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 (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)
 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)
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Other Works:

Provided the "voice" of R2-D2 and the heavy breathing of Darth Vader from the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), onwards. In Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) he performed the voices of every single droid, including the Battle Droids, Super Battle Droids and Buzz Droids. See more »

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2 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

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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:

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

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Cancer

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