Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Movie trailers KING, Don LaFontaine died at the age of 68.

Don LaFontaine, the man who provided the sonorous voice for more than 5,000 movie trailers, died Monday 1 Sep at age 68.

LaFontaine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from a collapsed lung. He had been taken to the hospital Aug. 22 with a blood clot in the lung.

LaFontaine was known as the "king of the movie trailers," having done the trailer voiceovers for films such as Terminator, Fatal Attraction, Cheaper by the Dozen, Batman Returns and his personal favourite, The Elephant Man.

His baritone voice and melodramatic delivery are famously associated with the oft-repeated movie trailer phrase, "In a world…"

LaFontaine also did thousands of television commercials, network promotions, video game trailers and other spots.

He told Entertainment magazine he did more than 60 such promotions a week, and at one point was famous for having a driver take him from studio to studio to save time finding parking.

With the advent of digital recording that could be sent from a home studio, he began recording spots in his Hollywood Hills home.

LaFontaine worked for every major U.S. network, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and UPN, in addition to TNT, TBS and the Cartoon Network.

He did voiceovers on shows as diverse as the 79th Annual Academy Awards, America's Most Wanted and Entertainment Tonight.

He also did spots for Chevrolet, Pontiac, Ford, Budweiser, McDonalds, Coke and many other corporate sponsors, according to his website.

LaFontaine will live for ever to all of us and by his actress-singer wife, Nita Whitaker, and three children.

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