Ben Burtt has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, director, film editor, sound designer, and sound mixer. His work includes feature films, documentaries, network television movie specials, and educational specialty films.
Burtt received an Academy Award for the creation of the alien, creature, and robot voices featured in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and for Sound Effects Editing for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He won additional Oscars for Sound Effects Editing for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He also has earned nominations in the Sound Mixing category for Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; in Sound Effects Editing for Return of the Jedi, Willow (1988), and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999); and for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for WALL-E (2008).
Burtt is the voice of Pixar’s robot, WALL-E, as well as the breathing of Darth Vader.
Also a film scholar, Burtt is a yearly presenter of programs for the Academy of Motion Pictures along with Craig Barron. The two of them have hosted features on Turner Classic Movies as well as the TCM Classic Cruise and TCM Classic Film Festival.