Cancer Jul 12, 1948 Jamesville Actor, Director and Writer
Benjamin "Ben" Burtt, Jr. is an American sound designer, film editor, director, screenwriter, and voice actor. He has worked as sound designer on various films including: the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film series, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and WALL-E.
He is most notable for creating many of the iconic sound effects heard in the Star Wars film franchise, including the "voice" of R2-D2, the lightsaber hum, the sound of the blaster guns, and the heavy-breathing sound of Darth Vader. Burtt is also very well known for "voicing" the title character, Wall-E. in the 2008 Pixar movie WALL-E. He also created the robotic sound of Wall-e's voice, along with all the other characters in WALL-E, and was the Sound Editor of the movie.
The winner of four Academy Awards, he is the director of various documentary films. He is also the editor of the three films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.