Reports are now circulating, via the New York Times, that legendary voice over artist Hal Douglas has passed away. Even though his name may not ring a bell, you've certainly heard his distinctive, gravitas-injected voice. Douglas, known for his baritone delivery that ran the gamut of heavily dramatic, serious tones to more upbeat, comedic banter, narrated countless movie trailers, including films as diverse as Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, and Lethal Weapon.
Douglas, born Harold Cohen, and known simply as "Hal," in the business, never considered himself to be gifted, telling the New York Times in 2009, "I'm not outstanding in any way. It's a craft that you learn, like making a good pair of shoes. And I just consider myself a good shoemaker."
Douglas reportedly passed away on March 7 in his home in Lovettsville, VA at the age of 89, due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ruth Francis Douglas, their daughter, Sarah Douglas, and two sons from a previous marriage.
Check out this trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s 2002 film Comedian for perhaps the most meta, self-effacing trailer Douglas (despite being named ‘Jack’) ever worked on: