on 4. August 2014 by editor in Artists, Comments (0)

Iconic voiceover artist, Hal Douglas, dies

Hal Dounglas, the legendary movie trailer voice artist, died at 89.

Just a few would have recognized him if they had passed him by, but probably everyone that would hear his voice, would ring a bell.
Hal Douglas, iconic voice of movie trailers, died in Virgina last 7th march after fighting against a pancreatic cancer. He worked in thousands of movies during 40 years. The voiceover artist’s voice sounded in all kind of movies, like, for example: Forrest Gump, Con Air, Meet the Parents, Philadelphia and Legal Weapon.

Here you can hear a compilation of some of his most well-known works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Yi93AFBJM#t=42

Douglas made an on-screen role at the trailer of Comedian, a documentary from Jerry Seinfeld. This trailer discusses about some clichés phrases in trailers and, although the movie wasn’t successful, this trailer has more than 800.000 views in Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVDzuT0fXro

Those interested on knowing more about Hal Douglas’s story should see this short film, titled A Great Voice. It discovers that he was also an actor, a pilot and a producer, amongst other things like the fact that he considered his voice wasn’t that good and that he thought it was “throaty, chesty, a voice in need of clearing”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnvDxSNEiO8&feature=youtu.be

Douglas leaves 40 years in the profession behind but his legendary voice will always remain in all the thousands of movie trailers in which he put his signature on.

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