I’m heavily involved in the originaltrilogy.com forums, famous for spawning Jamie Benning and Adywan, among other things. There are usually very interesting discussions about the making of the original films going on there. I noticed a new thread about the voice dubbing done on A New Hope, one of which surprised me:
The Death Star officer who tells Vader “There’s no one on board, sir. According to the log, the crew abandoned ship right after takeoff” is dubbed by none other than Harry Shearer, of “The Simpsons” fame. Only a couple places online mention this, but I spotted this one myself first. The voice he uses sounds kind of like Kent Brockman (the news anchor on The Simpsons).
Shearer may also be the voice of “There goes another one” and the Rebel pilot (Gold Two?) who says “Computer’s locked. Getting a signal” and “The guns…they’ve stopped.” The site that said this doesn’t seem to exist anymore, but the voices for both those characters do sound like Shearer to me. (- TServo2049)
I decided this didn’t just need to be an unsubstantiated rumor on a forum, so I found Harry Shearer’s Twitter and asked him about it. Apparently he was feeling generous, because within an hour, he responded:
I love how the internet brings everyone closer. Especially when you can message one of the guys from Spinal Tap and have him respond about how he worked on your favorite movie.