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Ben Burtt (b. 1948) is an Academy Award-winning sound designer and editor, best known for his many collaborations with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Burtt provided special creature sound effects for The Dark Crystal.

Burtt has worked on every one of the Star Wars theatrical films, winning a Special Achievement Oscar in 1977 for creating the sounds and "voices" used for the droids (notably R2-D2), aliens, and creatures. He won his first full Oscar for his work on E.T. for Best Sound Effects Editing (receiving screen credit as the titular alien's voice designer) and a second in the same category for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (having worked on every entry in that franchise as well).

Outside of sound design, Burtt scripted several animated spin-offs of Star Wars, including the special The Great Heep and the Droids series. He also directed several IMAX films and documentaries. In 2005, Burtt left Lucasfilm to join Pixar. For the 2008 feature Wall*E, Burtt designed and mixed all of the robot voices and personally performed as Wall*E and M-O.

Burtt is also noted for popularizing the Wilhelm scream, which he used in most of his projects as an aural trademark.

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Ben Burtt
Biographical information

July 12, 1948

Star Wars work

Ben Burtt (born July 12, 1948) was the sound designer for the Star Wars films, and others made by Lucasfilm Limited with subsidiary Skywalker Sound. His most famous creations are the sound of the lightsaber, Darth Vader's breathing and R2-D2's "voice". He has created many of the languages heard in Star Wars—most of which are marked by shared etymological roots with English—and has written the Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide.

Burtt has a reputation for including a sound effect dubbed the "Wilhelm scream" in many of the movies he's worked on. Taken from a character named "Wilhelm" in the film Charge at Feather River, the sound can be heard in Star Wars when a stormtrooper falls into a chasm in the Death Star, and in Raiders of the Lost Ark when a Nazi soldier falls from a moving car. The scream appears in a lot of other movies.

Burtt appeared in two of the Star Wars films as an extra. He appeared in Return of the Jedi (as the Imperial officer Colonel Dyer who yells "Freeze" before Han Solo throws him off a balcony; he utters a Wilhelm scream at that moment) and The Phantom Menace (as Ebenn Q3 Baobab, who appears in the background near the end when Amidala congratulates Palpatine). He also provided the voice for Lushros Dofine in Revenge of the Sith. Burtt was also heavily involved in writing the animated series Star Wars: Droids, to which the prequel trilogy makes many references.

Ben Burtt appeared at Celebration IV in 2007 for a question and answer session.[1] In 2008, Burtt was the sound designer and actor for the titular character in the critically acclaimed WALL•E.

Also in 2008, Burtt worked as a sound designer for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek film, which was released on May 8, 2009. [2]

Notes and references

  1. "Ben Burtt at Celebration IV" on (backup link on
  2. Star Trek Post Production Complete + Oscar-winner Ben Burtt Provided Sound Design

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