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Sep 10, 2010

Whose voice is that behind every movie trailers?

You may not know his name, and you probably don’t recognize his face, but you’ve undoubtedly heard the voice of Don LaFontaine. Borned in August 26, 1940, LaFontaine was an American voiceover artist famous for recording more than 5,000 film trailers and hundreds of thousands of television advertisements, network promotions, and video game trailers.

LaFontaine started his showbiz career as a recording engineer. He became a trailer narrator when, in 1964, he filled in for a voice actor who was unavailable to finish the trailer for a Western called Gunfighters of Casa Grande. The filmmakers loved his melodramatic approach, and by 1970 LaFontaine was the most imitated trailer narrator in Hollywood. Because voice actors are largely behind the scenes of a movie or other production we don't often think of them, but Don was one of the most famous voice actors to have ever lived, and during his career he earned the nicknames “The Voice of God,” and “Thunder Throat.” That’s why LaFontaine is the highest paid trailer narrator in Hollywood.

Sadly LaFontaine died on September 1, 2008 following complications from a blood clot in his lungs. Don's final voice over was for the trailer of the movie Call + Response, a documentary for which Don donated his talent about the global slave trade. Don will likely always be remembered for his work in thousands of movie trailers and other voice over work.



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Alan crew said...

Well, it's true that in most of the movies, voice over artists play a major role in making movie more interesting by their voice but hardly people familiar with their face and name and often they are know or recognize by their voice only.

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NNOsman said...

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NNOsman said...

Im always amazed with actor/actress that do the voice over . Amazing isn't it ? With just animation they can produce a realistic potrayal of the subject. Always been wanted to become a Japanese Voice Over Artist myself. With awesome animation , great screenplay , it would be a dream come true if I can be part of it. I dont like to show my face but I do have voice skills ;)

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