If we had to guess, we'd say that as much as love as there is for the Rebel Alliance's Admiral Ackbar and his Internet-meme-friendly line of dialogue, there's as much ignorance of the actor who actually uttered that line in Star Wars: Episode VI. Mystery solved!
Erik Bauersfeld, now 90, was a respected radio dramatist in Berkeley, Calif., when ILM sound designer Ben Burtt asked him to audition for a couple of voice roles in Return of the Jedi. He didn't have a lot of lines, as either Admiral Ackbar or Jabba the Hutt's majordomo Bib Fortuna, but Bauersfeld's contributions to Star Wars go beyond screen time, and we're kinda thankful that the San Francisco Chronicle sat him down for an interview:
Despite the fact that Bauersfeld is known for just one line of dialogue—and one for which he didn't even receive credit for quite a while—he's pretty sanguine about the whole thing and gracious to his fans. Especially given that he's never even seen Star Wars: "I almost got the part of the ... who was the little philosopher?"
(via Star Wars Blog)