( b. Sep 01, 1924 Stamford, Connecticut, USA - d. Mar 07, 2014 Lovettsville, Virginia, USA ) Male
Hal Douglas was a voice-over artist who narrated thousands of movie trailers in a gravelly baritone. Mr. Douglas was known for a generation in the voice-over industry as one of the top two or three go-to talents, along with Don LaFontaine, the most prolific, who died in 2008, and Don Morrow, the voice of the "Titanic" trailer.
His dramatic range, from Olympian-thunderous to comic-goofy, suited him for trailers for movies as diverse as "Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump," "Coneheads," "Meet the Parents" and "Lethal Weapon."
The flexibility of his voice, and the longevity of his career made him a "one name" phenomenon in Hollywood, said Marice Tobias, a consultant and voice coach to many A-list actors.
Born Harold Cone, he trained as a pilot and spent three years in the Navy during World War II. He wrote fiction in his free time, and after the war he enrolled on the G.I. Bill at the University of Miami, where he studied acting.
After moving to New York, he changed his last name to Douglas and began supplementing his meager income from acting jobs with voice-over and announcer work on radio and television, becoming much sought after for commercials and lead-ins for TV shows. He continued working in television throughout his life, while also doing film trailers and occasional documentaries.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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