Thursday, September 4, 2008

In a World Where...

Most likely the name Don LaFontaine doesn't mean much to you, but if you've ever seen a movie trailer, particularly one beginning with the immortal phrase, In a world where... then you certainly know the sonorous baritone of the man nicknamed "The Voice of God."

Don LaFontaine, author and voiceover artist of some 5,000 movie trailers, died Monday at the age of 68, ending a career that spanned four decades and included work on such films as:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Dr. Strangelove

The Godfather, Part II

The Terminator

Terminator 2

Batman Returns

And countless others. Please enjoy the following trailer of which LaFontaine was proudest, from David Lynch's "The Elephant Man."

Hollywood has lost one of its most enduring and anonymous icons. Rest in peace, Don. Your voice will be missed every time I hit the cineplex.



Kid Shay said...

I always expected to hear his voice for movie trailers. I remember being startled when the studio got someone else to do the narration, the few times that happened.

Anonymous said...

a HUGE loss to the movie industry...mcbone, don't forget the Geico commerical too. A classic LaFontaine voice over.

he will be missed.

That said, it's time for me to work on my voice overs.

"In a world...." & "This summer..."