Tuesday 5 April 2016

Admiral Ackbar actor Erik Bauersfeld dies at 93

Admiral Ackbar was the first action figure I owned from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Sent off several proofs of purchase to Palitoy and eagerly awaited Ackbar's arrival in the post. At the time, his identity was kept secret and I assumed Ackbar was another feckless member of the Empire awaiting a similar fate to Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back.

So, it was sad news to learn of actor Erik Bauersfeld's passing aged 93. His line "It's a trap!" became one of the most beloved from the franchise and, in recent years, a pop culture meme often heard in hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

Bauersfeld most recently reprised the role of Ackbar in The Force Awakens.

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