Hal Douglas, Movie Trailer Voice-Over Guy, Dead at 89

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Hal DouglasYou probably don’t know Hal Douglas by name, but you’ve almost certainly heard his voice.  Many, many times.

The prolific voice-over artist, who narrated the trailers for some of Hollywood’s biggest films, died Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer, his daughter tells The New York Times.  He was 89.

It’s Douglas you hear on the trailers for Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Lethal Weapon, Men in Black, Crimson Tide, and dozens of other films.  Douglas was also a prolific commercial and television promotional announcer, serving as the voice of A&E, the History Channel, and the former WB TV network.

His name is associated with other voice-over greats, including Don Morrow, Ken Nordine, and the late Don LaFontaine, who was best-known for intoning the much-parodied movie trailer line, “In a world…”  Douglas also parodied that line, and himself, in the trailer for the 2002 documentary, Comedian.

Douglas is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

 

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