Friday, September 5, 2008

Trailer VO God, Don LaFontaine dies at age 68

Don LaFontaine, the supreme and unmistakable voice of over 5,000 trailers, died Tuesday at age 68. The man who invented the phrase "In a world..." began his career producing trailers at Kaleidoscope Films, a trailer house I've also been trying to get into for six years. One day, a voice over artist didn't show up for a gig and Don had to voice the trailer himself. The studio loved the result and Don's career and life changed forever.

This was certainly the buzz story around Happy Hour on Tuesday, being a trailer house of course. A couple of people there actually worked with Don in the past. It was great to hear a few of those stories. Trailers will truly never sound the same again without Don's very versatile, commanding voice.

Read more in these LA Times and Hollywood Reporter articles about his death.

Also, enjoy these two videos spotlighting his career and ability to laugh at what he did best. The first is entitled "Don LaFontaine: The Voice".

The second, "Voice Over By Don LaFontaine"


At September 5, 2008 at 4:24 AM, Anonymous Allen Pinney said...

Very cool that you got to trade "war stories" with your co-workers. Trailers will really never be the same again. AND... I love the videos you included those are great!

Hey, here's a thought, they can hire Don Bazley!

At September 8, 2008 at 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, it's Bill! Gotta keep this quick, but just wanted to let you know...I FINALLY SAW "THE DARK KNIGHT", and it was VERY, VERY good! from a 0 to 10, I have to say between 8 1/2, and a 9! I plan on seeing it again sometime this week. Gotta go. Give a call, we'll catch up! PS: I didn't have the heart to shit in your punchbowl @ Comic Con, but I probably could've warned you about Hamlet 2 beforehand. I read your review. Sorry...Bill.


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