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In A World Without Don LaFontaine
King of the voiceovers passes away

02 September 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  |  Source: ComingSoon.net

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Donald LaFontaine, the voiceover artist who became famous for recording nearly 5,000 movie trailers passed away on Monday, September 1.

The man with one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood is survived by his wife Nita Whitaker and three children.

Here's the tribute from his official website:

"Over the past 25 years, LaFontaine cemented his position as the 'King of Voice-overs'. By conservative estimates, he has voiced hundreds of thousands of television and radio spots. At last count, he has worked on nearly 5,000 films. Based on contracts signed, he has the distinction of being perhaps the single busiest actor in the history of the Screen Actors Guild.

Check out the great man in action below and let's all join together in mourning his passing.



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Another Great Loss this year. RIP Don. You will be missed More

Posted by livewire at 13:58 on 05 September 2008 | Report This Post

Thats a real shame, Don IS the voice of trailers, they won't be the same without him. Check out this video of Pablo Franisco talking about 'the previews guy' in his stand-up, cheered me up anyway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPBvFXf9Q2U More

Posted by black_dave at 21:44 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

Thats a real shame, Don IS the voice of trailers, they won't be the same without him. Check out this video of Pablo Franisco talking about 'the previews guy' in his stand-up, cheered me up anyway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPBvFXf9Q2U More

Posted by black_dave at 21:33 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

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RIP. What a voice. More

Posted by Tank Boy at 20:25 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

true legend More

Posted by gordon_m_b at 20:09 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

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Nooo, nooooo, nooooooooo!!!  The constant narration of my life in my head has his voice... who's it going to be now, Zach freakin' Braff??? Well, seeing as no-one could possibly emulate the great man, the studios should just go in completely the opposite direction and get Joe Pasquale or Yeardley Smith to do all of their voiceovers from now on. More

Posted by Vito_Andolini at 20:04 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

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Films just won't be enticed the same way without him, a great pity More

Posted by Sphinx at 20:00 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

Such a shame, he seemed quite down to earth too. He will be missed More

Posted by bender_rodriguez at 19:17 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

One man...becomes a legend.
A real shame. He had a really good sense of humour as well. More

Posted by GAmbrose at 18:44 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The Most Important Man In Movies
Ah that's a shame. His voice is just one of those legendary things you take for granted  More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 18:43 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

The Most Important Man In Movies
That is really sad, I can't even begin to imagine a movie world without his voice. More

Posted by The Tingler at 18:05 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

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