A man whose voice is seared into the memories of moviegoers has passed away. Hal Douglas, the gravelly-baritone voice featured in countless film trailers from the 1980s to the 2000s, died on March 7 at the age of 89.
Though you may not have known his name, Douglas was a superstar voice talent and one of the top narrators in all of Hollywood. From “Lethal Weapon” and “Philadelphia,” to “Forrest Gump,” “Con Air,” “Men in Black,” and even “Meet the Parents,” Douglas’s voice introduced audiences to dozens and dozens of now classic movies. His bassy tones and expert delivery could make even the worst movie sound like it was worth seeing, as was the case with the trailer for 1993’s “Coneheads.”
Despite his grim-sounding voice, Douglas was able to poke fun at his overly serious profession in the trailer for the 2002 documentary “Comedian” (embedded above), expending about every movie trailer cliché known to man in the silly minute and a half promo. The film's trailer is almost more famousRead More »from Legendary movie trailer narrator Hal Douglas dies at 89