Friday, September 05, 2008

Don LaFontaine (1940-2008)

The King of the Trailers passed away on Monday in Los Angeles.

Best known as the guy who did the omniscient summarized plot narration for thousands of movie trailers (as well as being the voice of Oscar broadcasts), Don LaFontaine was an amazing talent.

As a longtime trailer fanatic and scholar of this unique genre of filmmaking I sent Don LaFontaine a fan letter several years ago. He sent back an enthusiastic and gracious reply and even offered to do the trailer voiceover for my next film project!

Don's voice lives forever in the many, many trailers we know and love. Here's a nice quote to remember him by:

"When you die, the voice you hear in heaven is not Don's. It's God, trying to sound like Don." — Ashton Smith

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