Arts & Entertainment

Hal Douglas, the voice of many, many movie trailers, dies at 89

Hal Douglas's demo reel.
Hal Douglas's demo reel.
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Movie trailers have changed a lot, and if you show a teenager now a trailer from (for instance) 1997, it will seem almost comedically anachronistic and corny.

But this is how, for many years, we got excited about the movies. And these growly narrations — which were recently the subject of Lake Bell's fine comedy "In A World"— were a big part of that excitement.

'Con Air' movie trailer

Along with guys like Don LaFontaine, who died in 2008, Hal Douglas provided a lot of those voices — including the one for "Con Air, "above, as well as "Forrest Gump" and "Lethal Weapon. "

The New York Times reports that he died last Friday at the age of 89.

So take a moment and appreciate this big voice that many of us heard so very many times. The lines were so cheesy, and the delivery was so satisfying. 

Here's one more classic Douglas trailer that shows that he could spoof his own genre in a rare on-camera role.

'Comedian' movie trailer

He discusses his voice and his career in the short film "A Great Voice," which you can watch below:

A Great Voice

This story has been updated.