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Ben Burtt


Ben Burtt was born in New York, USA. Though he is a writer, an editor and a director, he is best known for his work as a sound designer. Ben has worked on many Pixar and Star Trek movies and all of the Star Wars movies. He is credited for creating Chewbacca's voice and sounds as well as the voice of Yoda and several others. See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

WALL·E
WALL·E Sound Department
(2008)
Star Trek
Star Trek Sound Department
(2009)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
(1977)

Filmography

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 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (sound designer) (post-production)
 2015 Star Wars: Battlefront (Video Game) (sound design consultant: original Star Wars)
 2015 Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes (Video Game) (original sound effects)
 2015 Star Trek Continues (TV Series) (consultant - 1 episode)
- The White Iris (2015) ... (consultant)
 2014 The Signal (re-recording mixer) / (sound designer)
 2013 Star Wars: Smuggler's Run (Short) (sound effects: original Star Wars sound effects)
 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2013 Escape from Planet Earth (additional sound design)
 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 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Video Game) (original sound effects by: Staf Wars)
 2010 Atomic Mom (Documentary) (special sound effects: Atomic Bomb Nevada test - uncredited)
 2009 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Ultimate Sith Edition (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2009 Up (sound effects recordist - uncredited)
 2009 Star Trek (Special Sound Effects and Montage) / (sound designer) / (sound editor)
 2008 Animation Sound Design: Building Worlds from the Sound Up (Video documentary short) (re-recording mixer)
 2008 Burn-E (Short) (sound designer - uncredited) / (voice designer)
 2008 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Video Game) (original sound effects by: Staf Wars)
 2008 WALL·E (character voice designer) / (original dialogue mixer - uncredited) / (re-recording mixer) / (sound & character voice designer) / (sound effects recordist - uncredited) / (supervising sound editor & mixer)
 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2007 Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Video Game) (original sound effects)
 2007 Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 (Video short) (original sound designer: lightsaber)
 2006 Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption (Video Game) (original Star Wars sound effects)
 2006 Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2005 Munich (sound designer) / (supervising sound editor)
 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Sound Design by) / (supervising sound editor)
 2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
  Star Wars: Clone Wars (TV Series) (Original Sound Effects Created by - 25 episodes, 2003 - 2005) (sound designer - 5 episodes, 2005)
- Chapter 25 (2005) ... (Original Sound Effects Created by) / (sound designer - uncredited)
- Chapter 24 (2005) ... (Original Sound Effects Created by) / (sound designer - uncredited)
- Chapter 23 (2005) ... (Original Sound Effects Created by) / (sound designer - uncredited)
- Chapter 22 (2005) ... (Original Sound Effects Created by) / (sound designer - uncredited)
- Chapter 21 (2005) ... (Original Sound Effects Created by) / (sound designer - uncredited)
 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: Knights of the Old Republic (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2003 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades (Video) (sound designer - uncredited)
 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)
 2002 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Trenches of Hell (Video) (sound designer - uncredited)
 2001 Star Wars: Episode I - Battle for Naboo (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (Video Game) (original Star Wars sound effects)
 2001 Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing (Video Game) (original sound effects: Star Wars)
 2000 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid (TV Movie) (sound designer - uncredited)
 2000 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Passion for Life (TV Movie) (sound designer - uncredited)
 2000 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Love's Sweet Song (Video) (sound designer - uncredited)
 2000 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: My First Adventure (TV Movie) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Masks of Evil (Video) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert (Video) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception (Video) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Spring Break Adventure (Video) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence (Video) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (sound: design) / (supervising sound editor)
  American Experience (TV Series documentary) (sound designer - 1 episode, 1999) (sound effects editor - 1 episode, 1999) (special sound effects - 1 episode, 1999)
- Fly Girls (1999) ... (sound designer: (uncredited? - uncredited) / (sound effects editor: (uncredited? - uncredited) / (special sound effects)
 1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Journey of Radiance (Video) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1996 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father (TV Movie) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1995 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Attack of the Hawkmen (TV Movie) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1995 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye (TV Movie) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1994 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies (TV Movie) (sound designer - uncredited)
 1992-1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series) (sound designer - 28 episodes)
- Transylvania, January 1918 (1993) ... (sound designer - uncredited)
- Palestine, October 1917 (1993) ... (sound designer - uncredited)
- Prague, August 1917 (1993) ... (sound designer - uncredited)
- Florence, May 1908 (1993) ... (sound designer - uncredited)
- Paris, May 1919 (1993) ... (sound designer - uncredited)
 1991 The True Story of Glory Continues (Documentary) (SOUND DESIGN AND RE-RECORDING)
 1990 Blue Planet (Short documentary) (re-recording mixer) / (special sound design)
 1990 Wow! (Video short) (sound designer/editor: (uncredited? - uncredited)
 1989 Always (re-recording mixer) / (sound: design)
 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (re-recording mixer) / (sound: design)
 1988 Willow (re-recording mixer) / (sound designer)
 1986 Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic (Documentary short) (sound designer)
 1986 Nutcracker (re-recording mixer) / (sound designer)
 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) (location recording) / (re-recording mixer) / (supervising sound designer)
 1984 André and Wally B. (Short) (sound designer)
 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (re-recording mixer) / (sound: design) / (sound effects recordist - uncredited)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (re-recording mixer) / (sound designer: 1983, 1997 & 2004 versions)
 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 - 1980, 1997 & 2004 editions) / (supervising sound effects editor)
 1979 More American Graffiti (sound designer - uncredited) / (supervising sound editor)
 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Special Sound Effects Created by)
 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie) (sound effects)
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (sound designer: 1997 & 2004 editions) / (special dialogue and sound effects)
 1975 Death Race 2000 (sound designer - uncredited)
 1975 Recorded Live (Short) (sound re-recordist - as Ben Burtt Jr.)
 1927 Wings (sound designer and mixer: Skywalker Sound - 2012 version) / (sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound - 2012 version)
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Personal Details

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 »

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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Did You Know?

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:

While speaking at London's National Film Theatre in 2009, he disclosed that the alien gibberish spouted by the Mos Eisley spy Garindan/Long Snoot in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was actually the processed voice of John Wayne. See more »

Trademark:

Editing the sounds and films that are directed and/or produced by George Lucas See more »

Nickname:

Ben Burtt Jr.

Star Sign:

Cancer

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