Going to the movies will be less exciting from now on.
You may not recognise Hal Douglas’ name… but when you read the words “In a world where [insert thing here], one man…” in his voice. Hollywood’s most beloved voice, the man behind the epic-ness of hundreds of classic trailers, has sadly died. He was 89. According to TMZ, he passed away from complications from pancreatic cancer.
We live "In a World" where movie trailers are a little less dramatic this morning. RIP Hal Douglas. http://t.co/25miPOtIXg— Morgan Dean (@Morgan8news) March 14, 2014
It was Douglas’ gravelly voice that introduced us to classics like "Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump," "Meet the Parents," "Lethal Weapon," and many more. Hal Douglas was described by a Miramax publicist as "perhaps the most recognizable trailer voice in the business." The beloved voice actor died at his home in Lovettsville, Va. His passing only made it into online news days after, because the voice actor lived a life, unusually distant from the lights and buzz of Hollywood. He spent most of his life in in Northern Virginia and his agent was based in New York City instead of Los Angeles. During his career, Douglas was sometimes mistaken for fellow professional narrator Don LaFontaine. Both were part of a generation of classic voice actors, which also included the likes of John Leader, Nick Tate, Al Chalk, and Mark Elliot.
In addition to his daughter, Douglas is survived by his wife Ruth and and two sons from a previous marriage.
Listen to some of Douglas' best below.
This Doctor won't be saying 'goodbye' in the same way as those who have left the series in recent years.