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Hal Douglas, Iconic Movie Trailer Voice-Over Artist, Dies At 89

Hal Douglas, Iconic Movie Trailer Voice-Over Artist, Dies At 89

03/13/2014

Voice-over artist Hal Douglas died of complications from pancreatic cancer on March 7. He was 89.

Hal Douglas Dies

Douglas’ daughter Sarah Douglas, an actor, confirmed her father’s passing to The New York Times. He passed away at his home in Lovettsville, Va.

Douglas lent his voice-over talents to trailers for Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Meet the Parents and Lethal Weapon among others, according to TMZ. The movie trailers he worked on number into the thousands. Douglas was a master at changing up his voice to provide appropriate voice-overs for a wide variety of movies – from dramatic and action-packed films to the more comedic and light-hearted.

In 2002, he notably appeared in the trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary Comedian, engaging in a bit of wordplay rife with clichés as he attempted to provide the trailer’s voice-over.

Among his contemporaries, Douglas counted the late Don LaFontaine and Titanic trailer voice-over artist Don Morrow.

In addition to his daughter, Douglas is survived by his wife Ruth Francis Douglas and sons Jeremy Douglas and Jon Douglas.

– Chelsea Regan

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