Don LaFontaine, the voice of 5000 movie trailers, passed away

Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 04:35 pm
In a world of movie trailers, Don LaFontaine was king


Don LaFontaine, the man who provided the sonorous voice for more than 5,000 movie trailers, died Monday at age 68.

LaFontaine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from a collapsed lung. He had been taken to the hospital Aug. 22 with a blood clot in the lung.

LaFontaine was known as the "king of the movie trailers," having done the trailer voiceovers for films such as Terminator, Fatal Attraction, Cheaper by the Dozen, Batman Returns and his personal favourite, The Elephant Man.

His baritone voice and melodramatic delivery are famously associated with the oft-repeated movie trailer phrase, "In a world…"

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Robert Gentel
Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 04:36 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Here is Don telling his own story in his own voice:

Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 09:47 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I'm a huge fan of his...as odd as that may sound, I am. I watched a video some time ago that had Don, and four or five other voice actors doing their thing, while riding in a limo together...going to the Oscars or something similar, was fairly neat.
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Reply Wed 3 Sep, 2008 04:45 am
He recently appeared in a TV commercial.
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