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In A World... Where Don LaFontaine Has Passed Away...

Published at: Sept. 2, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST by quint

Hey guys. Quint here with my thoughts on Don LaFontaine, who died Monday afternoon and the world of movie trailers will never be the same again. As someone who loves trailers, has a collection of them in 16mm and 35mm and still enjoys the previews as much as I did back when I was a kid this is a very sad day for me. Don was famous as being “The Voice,” the same man you hear in damn near every trailer and ad. He recorded voice-overs for well over 5000 trailers in his life. I can’t remember the first time I heard Don LaFontaine’s voice… It could be the FRIDAY THE 13TH trailer, which is still one of my favorite pieces from him. He totally had the voice horror.
But he did it all. Comedies, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Horror, Drama… In fact, he became so recognizable that he started spoofing himself and the oft-repeated trailer opening, “In a world…” became kind of a national in-joke with the movie geek crowd. You might remember his GEICO commercial, which I particularly enjoyed. Check it out if you haven’t seen it:
He started on DR. STRANGELOVE, but not as a voice. He was a producer, editor and eventually fell into voice-over work, which became his profession for the last 40 years. The man was a machine, said to have done around an average of 60 promotions a week, sometimes as many as 35 in a single day. His voice will always signify a period of cinema history, his baritone always remembered by people of my immediate generation as being a warm-up for the main feature. I will include a sampling of Mr. LaFontaine’s work below to check at your leisure. I don’t think it’s simple nostalgia, but I can tell you that watching a lot of these trailers really get me itching to pop in these films. Mr. LaFontaine is a big part of that. As always, my thoughts are with Mr. LaFontaine’s friends, family and fans.
Moriarty is below with his original posting. -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. Don LaFontaine is the trailer voice guy. He was an ubiquitous voice over talent whose death brings an era concretely to an end. I know little about the man personally beyond the fact that he was 68 when he died this weekend of complications from pneumothorax. He has his own website, and the intro alone seems to demonstrate that he was not only well aware of what impact he'd had on pop culture, but he sort of relished it. Our sympathies go out to his friends and family, and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that his passing will leave a huge impact on the industry as a whole. Not many people make as big a mark without their personal story overshadowing things, and I doubt there will ever be another Don LaFontaine.


Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Great voice over guy.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Wow, seeing his website...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    He really was the man. True legend will be missed.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    That's a Real Bummer

    by grievenom

    Sorry to hear it. He made his own very unique contribution to the movie industry and to showbiz.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    sad story that most will not appreciate..

    by GravitysRainbow

    despite what he's done for a lot of the big trailers we've seen

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Movie Trailers won't be the same again!

    by alucardvsdracula

    Sad news. "Just When YOU THOUGHT you'd seen it all!!!" Terminator 2!!!! Great bit of throatiness that was.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Very Sad.

    by JackBauer24

    A great and genuinely nice guy whose impact on the industry will not be fully appreciated by the media. Rest in peace, Don - you will be missed.

  • He could make dreck like STOP OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT sound like something I'd actually want to see. Thanks for all the memories, sir.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Nice video of Don.

    by JackBauer24

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QPMvj_xejg

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Don LaFontaine's religion

    by the podosphere

    FYI, Don was a Baha'i. <p> RIP Don.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Aye, it's very sad

    by Charlie & Tex

    ...he set the standard for movie trailers for the last couple of decades. It's going to be VERY difficult to find someone with the same kind of timbre and gravitas to replace him. We could possibly be seeing the reinvention of the cinema trailer now that he has passed on. Thanks for the memories...

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    A Great Family Man

    by Media Messiah

    He loved his family greatly, and that is his most important legacy.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST

    I just watched a trailer for a new doc about this dude

    by Shock Corridor

    I had a job interview a few days ago with this company in Austin and they're producing a documentary on all the popular voice artists everyone hears all the time. It's called the Voice Gods of Hollywood. I think they're still in production so I wonder what they're gonna do. The trailer's at www.megalomedia.com and it looks pretty cool.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    this really is a shame.

    by soup74

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Dammit!

    by otm shank

    Bummer man. R.I.P.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    by Pixelsmack

    FUCKING SUCK FUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCKFUCKING SUCK

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    too young and too much talent

    by bacci40

    evanier posted last week that he had been hospitalized, but i thought he would pull through...trailers will never be the same...i hope that disaster movie wasnt his last gig...and by all accounts...he was one of the most generous people in the biz

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Horrible news...

    by nilskidoo

    That guy was an original.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    One Man...One Voice...Big Impact....

    by pantera777

    He'll be missed.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    RIP!!!

    by wbrownley

    This extremely sad news is completely shocking to me. I remember watching "five voice over artists in a limo" video and thinking how awesome those guys are. Don, I hope you're in a better place right now riding in a limo and serving as the voice of God. Rest in peace.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Ah, damn. Only 68, too.

    by Playkins

    With him AND Ernie Anderson gone, we are truly at the end of an era in VO. Won't be the same without them.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST

    best Don video ever

    by Holodigm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQRtuxdfQHw

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Don's blog from last year:

    by Chief Joseph

    Don's health scare in November is likely related to what caused his death: blogs.voices.com/voxdaily/2007/12/don_lafontaine.html

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST

    This is really sad news...a huge talent has gone

    by mr

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:07 a.m. CST

    A cop on the edge.....

    by Silent Mark

    and now he's fighting for the one thing he belives in....... You'll be missed, forever an icon.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    My cat just ate a moth

    by xevoid

    For real. So my tribute is as follows.<br><br>In a World...where things flutter in the night, and terror is around every corner...<br><br>Only one cat can save mankind...ATHENA, the small, white, cow-colored cat. <br><b>Ah, I guess it dodn't work the way I wanted it to. Anyways, sad news, indeed. But my cat ate a moth, and not only that, SHE SWALLOWED IT WHOLE!!! I could hear it fluttering in her stomach. Pretty cool! I wonder how DOn LAFontaine would actually say that? Terrible news though...

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Other than

    by xevoid

    "In a world, where moths flutter trapped in the stomach of a cat..."

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Don

    by AvonBarksdale

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Oh man...

    by DOGSOUP

    Fuck..........FUCK!!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST

    such a nice guy

    by Mr_X

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QPMvj_xejg&feature=related rest in peace

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST

    This was always my favourite of his.

    by TiPPiDa

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQRtuxdfQHw Death.. for some.. man's last great .. adventuuure... but for ONE MAN... a chance... at Immortaliteeeey. RIP Don.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace

    by Chewbaccalypse Now

    His voice will be missed. Now we just got comedy guy's voice. LaFontaine could make anything sound cool.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Damn, this Geico commercial made me pee myself.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Rest in Peace. You really had an impressive voice and we will all miss it.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Whose gonna take over now? Vin Diesel????

    by Cinemajerk

    First Percy Rodriguez(the guy who did the original Jaws trailer...and now Don. What other Baritones are left? Vin Diesel?

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    'Comedian' trailer did it for me....

    by Jamie Logan

    Don't know if it's already been mentioned, but this is his all-time best trailer. http://www.apple.com/trailers/miramax/index_abc.html (hit the Comedian link, duhh) Man I'll miss this guy, how the hell are they ever going to replace him, he made most trailers better than the bloody movie themselves.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:17 a.m. CST

    A Titan amongst Mortals, RIP the Don

    by KillaKane

    There's going to be a huge vacuum in the VO market, many imitators but there was only one Don, incredibly versatile (which is often overlooked) more than just barritone velvet gravel blockbustin tag lines, he could do the lot.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST

    This guy was legendary to film buffs.

    by Stalkeye

    Even lended his talents for MGS4. RIP Mr. Voice.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    This SUCKS.

    by DocPazuzu

    A true loss for the movie industry and to film geeks everywhere. <p> R.I.P.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Sad. Very sad. He became an institution

    by judderman

    There's something almost mythic in the fact that he died from pneumonia, of all things.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    I just hope he isn't replaced...

    by Kevin Holsinger

    ...BY THE GUY WHO SCREAMS DURING THOSE OXY CLEAN COMMERCIALS, EVEN THOUGH THE CAMERA IS THREE FEET AWAY FROM HIM.<BR><BR>Sorry for the all-caps. Even sorrier to hear about Mr. LaFontaine's passing.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Rest in Light

    by zer05um

    In a world without Don Lafontaine, the movies will be a poorer experience for us all. A legend lost.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:50 a.m. CST

    I lol'd at the title, but then got really sad.

    by dr sauch

    Gone to the great voice-gig in the sky.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:52 a.m. CST

    In the next world...

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Simply awful news. Pray dear Lord Jesus (Buddah, Muhammad, Allah...pick your God) that they don't get Ryan Seacrest to start doing them...because you know that white bread, mayonaise, cracker ass publicity cunt would do them (badly) in a second. <p> Godspeed!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST

    That video of 5 Voice guys in a limo is hilarious

    by zacdilone

    http://tinyurl.com/ydfkgv. Don you will be missed.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Here is the sad truth of movie trailers

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    All Hollywood trailers will now officially suck. This man had a God given talent. He could make the crappiest movies sound interesting. I loved how he poked fun at himself in the Geico commercial, and years earlier in a Hollywood Video commercial

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    His on a trailer always makes me sm,ile

    by barnaby jones

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    You know this will be the top talkback

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    by the end of the day.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    WOW! Sad! So who's taking over?

    by Russman

    It's funny to see how movie trailers sucked back then

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Trailers

    by Thrillho77

    and by extension, "movie-going" will never, ever be the same.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Replacement

    by TheBlackKnight

    Pablo Francisco?

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Trailers have ALWAYS sucked....

    by vic twenty

    But back then it was Don who always hooked us into showing up Friday night. He WAS the marketing dept and a one man hype machine back in the day. None better. RIP and thanks for the memories.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Goddamnit...

    by 24200124

    This is fucked up news to start one's day off with. As someone who always forced his friends to get to the movies early so we could sit through trailers, I enjoyed his work immensely - I always pointed out his voice to my friends, and I was very happy when Seth MacFarlane put him on "Family Guy". Still gotta say that he was wonderful in his little bit from the "Hitchhiker's Guide" trailer, where he kinda took the piss out of himself... Rest in peace, Don.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Whoops...

    by 24200124

    He didn't do "Hitchhiker's"... damn it!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Oscar Gold - the trailer

    by terry1978

    Remember that American Dad spoof of 007 films where Roger is a film producer called Tearjerker and he creates a flick call Oscar Gold that LaFontaine did the voiceover for? That was the funniest thing I have ever heard.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by cineninja

    ...and Godspeed.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    The comdeian

    by Silent Mark

    For the guy that mentioned that trailer....than wasn't Don.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    NFL on Fox

    by mooseaka

    I think he did all the intros and outros on NFL on Fox too. :The NFL on Fox is brought to you by Penzoil Motor Oil. And by Just Friends 2, coming to theaters this fall." Bummer.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Hal Douglas

    by Silent Mark

    He was the guy in the comedian trailer. And he's just as good IMO.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    yeah right movie trailers sucked

    by T 1000 xp professional

    ..both of the terminator trailers gave me chills...God i can't wait to play mgs4...staying on this sad topic, even though there is some voice talent still doing the trailers I wonder how his death is gonna affect movie marketing. Even with previews relying on mostly technical pizzaz nowadays, it was still great plugging that voice in to turn it up a notch...R.I.P. Mr. Lafontaine

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    self-parody

    by sapno_krei

    I think Don himself realized his voice was being overused. That's why much of his stuff in recent years was self-parody rather than "serious" trailer work.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Will be missed....

    by Gungan Slayer

    I've always enjoyed Don's voice work since I was a little kid. He will be missed, and I do think his passing will probably mark the end of an era of film trailers.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Will be missed....

    by Gungan Slayer

    I've always enjoyed Don's voice work since I was a little kid. He will be missed, and I do think his passing will probably mark the end of an era of film trailers.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    We'll Miss you Don!

    by larkn

    Don was such a master! Such an iconic voice that became deeply embedded in pop culture. He will be very missed by movie fans. I just want to say Kudos to Ain't it Cool. I've seen nothing about Don's passing on mainstream sources like MSN or CNN. Thanks for being there for the geeks! :-)

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. to the GREATEST.

    by Darth Bauer

    No doubt.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    God will ask him to do his voice over

    by Itto Ogami loses Daigoro

    RIP sir

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS ABOUT TO CHANGE

    by Ye Not Guilty

    That was another line of his that eventually became kind of a cliche, if you will. Sometimes when I watch the trailers before the film begins, I would wonder to myself "what in the world will the studios do after Mr. Movie Voice retires?" But I never thought he'd pass away so soon. I'm sad that it's the end of era. I grew up with his voice. Well, I hope whoever the studios get to d othe voiceovers now, they don't get some soundalike. It won't be the same.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    That's too bad...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...who will do the voice-overs now?

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Woah woah woah, lets not bring Seacrest into this, Kentucky Colo

    by dr sauch

    Seacrest is talented, True Story!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    sad news

    by torpedoboy

    my ears are sad

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    ... and this time... IT'S PERSONAL

    by turketron

    R.I.P.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Lance LeGault besides being a great

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    character actor from the 80s, at least that was his prime, has done some great voiceover work for upcoming television episodes. I don't think I can picture his voice doing movie trailers though.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Damn, the guy was awesome.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    That is a damn shame

    by Geekgasm

    What a gift that guy had, and even better, that he was hip enough to have fun with it too. "Payback! THIS time, its FOR REAL!" Why bother having voiceovers on trailers anymore if you can't have this guy.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    A true mench

    by ArcadianDS

    Met him briefly at some silly promotional event or another. Not a celebrity in any sense of the word. Just a real nice guy you'd be lucky to have as a neighbor and fortunate to have as a friend.<p> He was, without a doubt, our generation's Rod Serling.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Fuck this sucks

    by ballyhoo

    Badass voice. Badass name. Movie trailers will never be the same.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    wow that 5 guys in a limo was fantastic

    by ArcadianDS

    thanks for that link.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    a word of warning...

    by vicious_bastard

    Take it easy with the LaFontaine impressions today - I feel like I've been repeatedly raped in the throat.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Was he the voice of the Disney World Monorail system also?

    by Ye Not Guilty

    Every time I got on that monorail I thought that was his voice.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    A voice of legends

    by skimn

    He will truly be missed.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Favorite Don Story

    by Psyklop

    I was producing promos 10 years ago and at that time Don drove from sound studio to sound studio in a limo, and was always on a very tight schedule. He arrived for my session and there was a technical delay, which could really piss him off. This was my first ever meeting with him, so I tried some small talk to ease the tension: "Hey Don, how long you been doing VO's?" He stared at me somewhat perturbed and said "Since 1964. In other words, your whole fucking life!" Yes! Belittled by the King! I wore that as a badge of honor! Rest in peace, you will be missed.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Not much else to add -- RIP, Mr. LaFontaine

    by American Hyena

    And thank you for sparking in us so many moments of sheer giddy enthusiasm for so many films. You and your immeasurable talent will be missed.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    That's sad news.

    by RowanM

    That's like taking any object that makes a specific sound and all of a sudden it won't make that sound anymore. It's something taken for granted and sadly missed when gone. I bet this news will resonate something in most people when they hear of it. At least for anyone who has watched their fair share of movies. Incidentally Pneumothorax is what you get when you suffer a collapsed lung. Not very pleasant, particularly the procedure needed to fix it. RIP Don LaFontaine.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Pablo Francisco does a nice "parody"

    by skimn

    but more of a tribute on You Tube. You may have seen his routine on Comedy Central for years.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST

    One Man. One Voice. Silenced. Forever.

    by uppercanuck

    RIP, Don. If Will Arnett needs a career change, maybe this is his chance.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    my condolences to mr. lafontaine's loved ones

    by Acne Scarface

    i've noticed miguel ferrer doing a lot of nice voiceover work in recent years.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Don's also immortalized in...

    by Psyklop

    ...possibly the only promo rap video ever made: http://tinyurl.com/56fr5o He thought it was funny.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Ed McMahon and Johnny Gilbert next?

    by Darth Busey

    NYC'ers will get this reference.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    ENOUGH COOL PEOPLE DYING!

    by Galactic

    Can some of the many, MANY douchebags in hollywood start dying soon?

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    well damn..

    by sharpie

    I was actually just thinking of changing my voicemail to a parody, now it will be a tribute... RIP

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Sad

    by Mr Nicholas

    I sure will miss THAT voice.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    This is a tragedy.

    by Dollar Bird

    Ernie Anderson and now LaFontaine. His baritone was just so perfect, I'll miss it as much as Anderson's accented "on the LOOOOVE Boat". Classics, the both of 'em. I only hope that Hal Douglas and Peter Cullen will be with us for a long time to come, because they're all that's left to carry the torch.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Rubbish news

    by belasco_house

    Best voice ever! But we still have James Earl Jones, yay

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Crap news indeed.....

    by Gabba-UK

    Trailers will never be the same again.... never!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    A Robot Renegade Cop in a Land Before Time on the Edge of Space

    by Squashua

    [A neatly dressed bearded man (JACK) comes into a recording studio, sits down, preparing to do a voiceover. His seat faces the technicians and director, who also face him. Glass separates them. Mainly the camera focuses on JACK. Everything JACK says has a dramatic majesty about it, he uses his very resonate voice.] <br><br> JACK <br> Whoa, feedback. <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> All right, let's try this. It's the voice-over for Comedian movie trailer: take one. <br> <br> JACK <br> In a World, where Laughter was King.. <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> [hits button] Uh, no "In a world," Jack.. <br> <br> JACK <br> What do you mean, "No 'In a World'".. <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> It's not that kind of movie.. <br> <br> JACK <br> Oh? Okay. In a Land that— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> [hits button] No 'In a land' either. <br> <br> JACK <br> In a Time— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> Nah, I don't think so. <br> <br> JACK <br> In a Land Before Time— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> [hits button] It's about a comedian, Jack. <br> <br> JACK <br> One Man— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> No.. <br> <br> JACK <br> When your Life is no longer your Own— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> Wha—What does that mean— <br> <br> JACK <br> When everything you Know is Wrong— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> That's wrong— <br> <br> JACK <br> In an Outpost— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> No— <br> <br> JACK <br> On the Edge of Spaccce— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> There's no Space— <br> <br> JACK <br> A Girl— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> No.— <br> <br> JACK <br> Two Girrrls— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> No. <br> <br> JACK <br> Now— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> —no— <br> <br> JACK <br> —More than Ever— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> Stop it— <br> <br> JACK <br> A Renegade Cop— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> —I hate you— <br> <br> JACK <br> A Robot Renegade Cop— <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> You're Fired. <br> <br> JACK <br> You're Fired. <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> No, you're actually Fired. <br> <br> JACK <br> I'm Fired. <br> <br> DIRECTOR <br> Get out of the booth, Jack. <br> <br> JACK <br> No. I Like it in here. <br> <br> [Black screen with white letters: "comedian. a film about comedy with jerry seinfeld. only in theaters this fall. jerry seinfeld. comedian."]

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    In a world gone wild...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...may Don LaFontaine rest in peace.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I know that was Hal Douglas

    by Squashua

    But it makes me chuckle. <br><br> Someone post the link to the video with all the announcers getting into a limo together.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    5 Men in a Limo

    by Squashua

    Ah, forget you guys, I'll do it myself. <br><br> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQRtuxdfQHw

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Man, I gotta hit these Talkbacks earlier...

    by Squashua

    ... or at least read the earlier posts.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    damn

    by disfigurehead

    .

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Terrible headline

    by batzilla

    "In A World... Where Don LaFontaine Has Passed Away..."<p>Stupid.<p>AICN almost ALWAYS has crappy headlines for their stories. I don't think I have ever seen one that would be considered good or clever. Some are somewhat disrespectful. Like this one. Sorta. I mean, the guy dies and they give him THAT headline? CNN's was similar but not as tasteless as AICN.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Trailers that show the whole movie

    by batzilla

    perfect example with "Castaway". WHAT THE FUCK?!?! It's like, well, thanks assholes. I WAS planning on seeing this movie with a clean slate but not anymore. This happens WAY too often doesn't it? Of course, I saw Castaway when it was first released on DVD but you get my point.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Ive been doing impressions

    by Fineus Fog

    of this guy for years - better hang that up for a while. Did he do the Original Star Wars trailer voice over - cos that was awesome

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    ....In The Year (fill in year), A Team Of Scientists...

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    ...And Then...They Did The UNTHINKABLE....

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Where is the Jerry Reed Talkback?! R.I.P.

    by DrunkenBusboy

    The man was a legend in Redneck Cinema! Give some props to the Snowman!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Jerry Reed

    by UnCoolNews

    No kidding... every time some assistant sound editor from the 40's dies, this site covers it like it was the lunar landing but Jerry Reed = Crickets

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    : (

    by Mace Tofu

    Movie trailers will never be the same... the end of an era.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    He was very versitile

    by Larry of Arabia

    The man could do anything. He was distinctive yet always in service to the film he was promoting.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    "will never be the same again"

    by punto

    thank god for that. not that I have anything against this guy, but can we get some diversity? I'm sick of the old guy's voice saing "in a world; where blah blah blah". how about a woman? or how about a professional writer?

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Mr. LaFontaine May you rest in peace sir

    by Broseph

    What a great loss to the movie world

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by palooka_boy

    when I was a little kid, I once asked my mom why all the announcers in the previews sounded the same. she told me it was actually one guy who did about 90% of them. i didn't believe her. talk about a guy who affects movie-goers of all shapes and sizes, but has nearly zero name recognition. he will be missed.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    RIP Mr. LaFontaine

    by NoodlesHahn

    His voice is one of the best things about going to the movies. He will be missed.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    "

    by TRON

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    "Alien...... Rated R"

    by TRON

    There was a 60 minute segment about him years ago.... He seemed very concieted at the time...... I think he loosened up quite a bit......

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    UnCoolNews

    by batzilla

    I laughed at what you said and it is true. LOL at the lunar landing comment : ) That was great!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Top man.............

    by proper

    That guy Killed it everytime,that's a shame.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    In this world no longer...

    by veritasses

    RIP

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Friday the 13th

    by Chief Joseph

    I love that trailer you embedded of Don's.<br> It's like a Sesame Street bit from hell.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    I wonder what percent...

    by Chief Joseph

    ...of the movie trailers he actually did per year.<br> It seems like he did do the overwhelming majority. I know he certainly stood out the most.<br> I used to wonder who the hell it was that did those trailers. Back then there was no internet to speak of to look it up on. I heard his voice on some "making-of" documentary and made sure to check the credits to see who did the narration, and that's how I found out his name.<br> I'm glad he got a little bit of recognition from the public in his final days.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    One Of A Kind

    by deadboy1313

    Don had a one of a kind voice that made you want to go see the movies. He was the ultimate promotion for a film. Unfortunately, most of the films couldn't live up to the excitement his trailers generated. So in tribute......In A World.....where movie tickets cost more than a new car.......who will convince the public to spend mass amounts of money to see a film in theatres that they can buy on DVD in a year for 10 dollars?

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    RIP part of Cinematic culture

    by G100

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    In a world...

    by Powerring

    ...created by one man...a world where every movie seemed worth seeing because of his commanding voice. In a world where the voice could make year heart valves pump steam waiting to see the movie that he introduces...the same world feels the pain of monumental loss. Don was a world onto himself, part of the movie experience my whole life. Heaven has a new voice over artist, and our world has been darkend. RIP Don, thanks for the decades of entertainment!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    This time he's back... FOR GOOOOOUUUDDDD!!!

    by TallBoy66

    Awesome trailer voice guy, RIP.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I feel I have lost some of my own voice.

    by halberd

    A fan of his work since... forever. Well, since I knew of him, which is I'd like to say circa 1999. That's almost a decade of fandom. Incredible.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Man

    by Series7

    I was just talking about him the over day. Can't believe he did that many movies. He will be missed. I was getting excited to spot his voice in some upcoming trailer. I wonder if anyone knows what the last AD he did was.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    That's not Don LaFontaine in The Terminator trailer.

    by MACenstine

    Quint, if you were half the movie fan you clearly envision yourself as, you would have able to tell instantly that the Man doing the V.O. for The Terminator trailer(part 1) is not Don LaFontaine. You should know better. LaFontaine deserves better.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Well....

    by the1980mutant

    Peter Cullen could fill the legacy. Just a thought.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Not to harp on DON's amazing body of work...

    by halberd

    ...but there are actually a plethora of voiceover professionals who do the same work for a multitude of trailers/spots [film/tv]. Case in point the man behind the villain Malak in 'Knights of the Old Republic' has done work in this arena... and he's pretty bad ass at it too. But Don has helped jumpstart this style of promotion, and we cannot forget this fact.