Hal Douglas: The King of Voiceovers Dies At 89

Hal Douglas, the baritone who narrated the previews for Forrest Gump, Philadelphia and Lethal Weapon, passed away this week 

Hal Douglas is the man who soundtracked your cinematic education, without you even realising it. 

His commanding baritone narrated a series of the world's most successful movie trailers, including Forrest Gump, Meet The ParentsPhiladelphia and Lethal Weapon, in a career that spanned a remarkable length of time – he only stopped working two years ago. 

The 89 year old's death from complications arising from pancreatic cancer was confirmed by his daughter Sarah yesterday. 

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Hal was a third of a trio of voiceover artists who dominated Hollywood for years, along with the late Don LaFontaine and Don Morrow. 

Despite studying acting at the University of Miami after serving as a pilot in the second world war, his only known on-screen part was in the trailer for Jerry Seinfeld's documentary film Comedian. 

In it, he plays a voice over artist who ends up getting fired from the gig for speaking only in trailer clichés:  "In a land before time; "In a world..." 

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The film didn't do too well, but the trailer clocked up 700,000 YouTube views:

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