We now live in a world without voiceover legend Hal Douglas, whose distinctive baritone added drama to the movie trailers for everything from Forrest Gump to Con Air. Douglas passed away Friday at age 89, due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
"I never thought of it as a great voice," Douglas said in a 2013 film about his career. He called it a "throaty, chesty, a voice in need of clearing."
But that throaty voice earned him a place as one of the most sought-after narrators in the business, along with "voice of God" Don LaFontaine, who died in 2008. Douglas's career spanned decades, and he continued to work until about two years ago.
And, as he proved in the trailer for Jerry Seinfeld's Comedian, Douglas never took the movie trailer clichés he helped popularize too seriously.
He will be missed by audiences everywhere.