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Also Known As: Benjamin P Burtt Jr., Benjamin Burtt Died:
Born: July 12, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jamesville, New York, USA Profession: sound effects supervisor, sound designer, sound rerecording mixer, writer, special sound effects artist, editor, second unit director, director

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A legendary figure in the history of motion picture sound effects, Ben Burtt virtually invented the job of sound designer by his innovative creations for such films as "Star Wars" (1977) and its five sequels, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1982), "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) and "WALL-E" (2008). Though Burtt worked frequently in fantasy and adventure genres for directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, his creations were largely borne from organic sources - animal cries, found objects ranging from power lines to shopping carts, and even his own voice - which added startling levels of reality to the films' array of fantastical creatures and technology. His work was richly rewarded by the motion picture industry, and his talent placed him at the highest level of respect by a legion of fans and fellow moviemakers alike.

A legendary figure in the history of motion picture sound effects, Ben Burtt virtually invented the job of sound designer by his innovative creations for such films as "Star Wars" (1977) and its five sequels, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1982), "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) and "WALL-E" (2008). Though Burtt worked frequently in fantasy and adventure genres for directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, his creations were largely borne from organic sources - animal cries, found objects ranging from power lines to shopping carts, and even his own voice - which added startling levels of reality to the films' array of fantastical creatures and technology. His work was richly rewarded by the motion picture industry, and his talent placed him at the highest level of respect by a legion of fans and fellow moviemakers alike.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Special Effects (1996) Director
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  American Gangster, The (1992) Director
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  Blue Planet (1990) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 WALL-E (2008)
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 George Lucas: Creating an Empire (2002) Interviewee
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1976:
First film credit, provided additional sound effects for "The Milpitas Monster"
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Hired by producer Gary Kurtz to begin developing sound effects for George Lucas' "Star Wars"
1977:
Received a special achievement Academy Award for creating the memorable sounds for "Star Wars"
1980:
Received his first sound design credit for Lucas' "The Empire Strikes Back"
1981:
First collaboration with director Steven Spielberg as sound designer for Lucas' "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; earned second special achievement Academy Award
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Provided sound design for the Grammy Award-winning <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Movie on Record</i>
1982:
Received third Academy Award for designing the voice of the title character in Spielberg's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"
1986:
First TV credit as a writer on the short-lived animated children's series "The Great Heep" (ABC)
1989:
Won fourth Oscar for his sound effects work on "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
1990:
Directorial debut, the IMAX documentary "Blue Planet"
1992:
First TV series credit as an editor and second unit director for ABC's "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
1996:
Co-directed the Oscar-nominated short documentary "Special Effects"
1999:
Garnered tenth Academy Award nomination for his sound effects editing on "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
2002:
Re-teamed with Lucas for "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"
2005:
Provided sound effects for "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"; also voiced captain Lushros Dofine
2005:
Re-teamed with Spielberg for "Munich"
2008:
Once again teamed with Lucas and Spielberg for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
2008:
Created the voice of the title character in Pixar's animated film "WALL-E"; also worked as the sound editor and mixer; earned Academy Award nominations for Achievement in sound mixing and Achievement in sound editing
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Education

Allegheny College: Meadville , Pennsylvania -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Burt was awarded a Gold Record for "The Story of Star Wars".

As of 2000, he has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won four.

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