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Hal Douglas dead at 89: Voiceover artist dies of pancreatic cancer
NY Daily News ^ | March 13, 2014 | Chiderah Monde

Posted on 03/15/2014 5:03:59 PM PDT by Gamecock

Hal Douglas, the voice behind scores of movie trailers and television commercials, died Thursday.

The Connecticut-born voice actor died in his home in Lovettsville, Va., of complications from pancreatic cancer — his daughter, Sarah Douglas, confirmed to TMZ.

Douglas was 89 years old.

The voice artist enjoyed a career spanning over several decades, lending his voice to trailers and roles in movies like "Forrest Gump," "Lethal Weapon," and "The Holiday."

“I’m not outstanding in any way,” he told The New York Times in 2009.

“It’s a craft that you learn, like making a good pair of shoes. And I just consider myself a good shoemaker.”

In Jerry Seinfeld's 2002 documentary "The Comedian," Douglas even parodies himself as a cliché movie-trailer announcer.

His success can be likened to that of Don LaFontaine, one of the most iconic voiceover artists, who passed away in 2008.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Ruth, daughter and two sons from a previous marriage.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cancer; haldouglas; hollywood; obituary; virginia
Yeah, you know his voice.
1 posted on 03/15/2014 5:03:59 PM PDT by Gamecock
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Served as a Navy pilot in WWII.

RIP


2 posted on 03/15/2014 5:04:43 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

Ping to the link in post 1.


3 posted on 03/15/2014 5:05:21 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

I wouldn’t have thought that would have been the most likely cause of death at that age.


4 posted on 03/15/2014 5:07:17 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Hate being the statistical outlier.


5 posted on 03/15/2014 5:11:45 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

That was great. RIP, Hal. You were the best.


6 posted on 03/15/2014 5:18:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Gamecock
"His success can be likened to that of Don LaFontaine, one of the most iconic voiceover artists, who passed away in 2008."

I knew that Don Lafontaine did many movie trailers, but which of these guys was the originator of the "In a world..." intro?

Or did they both do it?

Great voice.

RIP Mr. Douglas.

7 posted on 03/15/2014 5:18:38 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: Gamecock

Don LaFontaine (the other voiceover guy that starred in a Geico Commercial) died in 2008. Who’s going to voice over movie trailers now?


8 posted on 03/15/2014 5:18:41 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: boop
According to WIKI:
Because many of his trailers have begun with the words "In a world", there is controversy over whether his voice has immortalized them. (Don LaFontaine claimed to have actually created the catchphrase.) In addition, Douglas has been the promotional voice for the former WB, A&E, Disney Channel's "Vault Disney" (1997–2002), and The History Channel.

9 posted on 03/15/2014 5:24:41 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

seems like he was a funny guy. rip.


10 posted on 03/15/2014 5:45:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Gamecock

This is insanity. Yet another person dead. When will the madness end?


11 posted on 03/15/2014 5:48:25 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Gamecock

ThankYou and GOD Bless You,Hal!


12 posted on 03/15/2014 5:50:32 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: Gamecock

A voice-over talent. What a great profession; you get to do what you love in show biz, gain the respect and admiration of your colleagues, get paid extremely well so you have all the rewards with none of the fame! You can go anywhere without being recognized! It’s like being Prince Harry. You get the title, the trust fund, the inheritance with none of the expectations and responsibilities.


13 posted on 03/15/2014 5:52:02 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: SamAdams76

The “Bush’s Fault” mantra of the Leftist Democrat’s has officially been replaced with the “Ted Cruz’s Fault” of the Statist Republicans. Just sayin.


14 posted on 03/15/2014 5:56:01 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: SamAdams76

On a typical day over 150 thousand people die each day in the world. Or as Hal might have put it In a world of death....


15 posted on 03/15/2014 6:00:49 PM PDT by xp38
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To: FrdmLvr
Yeah. and you can show up to work disheveled and in flip-flops.
16 posted on 03/15/2014 6:03:56 PM PDT by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: Gamecock

RIP.


17 posted on 03/15/2014 6:08:31 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Bullish
Or your shirt unbuttoned... He seemed like a good family man from this video.
18 posted on 03/15/2014 6:10:53 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Bullish

Sorta like being President lately...


19 posted on 03/15/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: FrdmLvr

Truly the best job in the world. I’d love that job. Especially the deity-like trailer announcer!

“IN A WORLD OF MADNESS.”

I would so love that job. They don’t use women much though.


20 posted on 03/15/2014 6:25:33 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Gamecock

I am most familiar with him introducing the All new Tuesday on the WB. An All new Buffy the Vampire Slayer followed by a new Dawson’s Creek.


21 posted on 03/15/2014 6:37:31 PM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: Gamecock
Here's some audio outtakes from Orson Welles who was recording a VO for frozen peas. Very funny stuff.
22 posted on 03/15/2014 6:42:47 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: PAR35

My mom died of pancreatic cancer at age 85.


23 posted on 03/15/2014 6:52:32 PM PDT by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: Gamecock

Damned terrible way to go.

Rest in Peace...


24 posted on 03/15/2014 7:05:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Gamecock

Tim Conway Jr told a story about him last night on his radio show. They were golfing so we here, and Hal was wearing crazy golf pants, with stripes and plaid on the same pants. Another golfer said “crazy pants, dude” or something, and Hal, in his inimitable trailer voice, said “They cover my nuts!”

Lol. RIP.


25 posted on 03/15/2014 9:07:59 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: PAR35

David Brenner just died from it at 78.


26 posted on 03/15/2014 9:11:33 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: PAR35; peggybac
Peggy, sorry about your mom.

Couple of thoughts.

The rate does go up with age, but pancreatic cancer is 12th on the list of types of cancer. BUT results in a high number of cancer deaths.


27 posted on 03/16/2014 5:29:57 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

Thanks. Most folks I’ve known have been in the 45 to 65 year old range, with a zero survival rate, pretty much the opposite of prostate cancer.


28 posted on 03/16/2014 6:17:48 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Same here. Decided to look it up. It is a horrible disease, another example of how much the fall has impacted us all.


29 posted on 03/16/2014 6:28:56 PM PDT by Gamecock
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