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