Donald LaFontaine has died.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Nobody else reading the page is familiar with the name either.
You’d all be familiar with his voice though – I guarantee it.
Donald LaFontaine was “The Voice” you hear in all the trailers – the guy you take off when you turn on the “In a world…” voice ( He also parodied this clichÃ© several times, more recently in a commercial for GEICO insurance).
He was the go-to man to voice all the major movie’s trailers. And he’d done thousands (over 5000 to be exact) over the years. Some of the best too – “Terminator 2″, “Independence Day” and “The Simpson’s Movie” are but a few of his vocal highlights. His personal favourite, according to interviews, is the trailer he did for David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man” – though he’s also said to be fond of working on action movie trailers.
I shudder to think who the studios are going to go to now – he was the guy. We all know how important a trailer is in selling a film – LaFontaine was the man behind the marketing plan… he sells the flick. He draws you in. He grabs a comittment from you that you’ll see the movie. Most of all, his voice indicates that you’re about to watch a ‘genuine’ trailer from a ‘genuine’ movie company.
He’ll be sadly missed.
- Interview promo suggests Christmas day release still on!? - December 19, 2014
- Trailer : True Story - December 19, 2014
- Walt’s got the next Chipmunks sequel - December 19, 2014
- Team America plan f*cked, yeah! - December 19, 2014
- Trailer : A Little Chaos - December 19, 2014
- Trailer : Ana Maria in Novela Land - December 19, 2014
- Trailer : American Sniper - December 19, 2014
- Charlie Sheen reprising one of his classic roles - December 18, 2014
- Carell’s North Korea movie cancelled - December 18, 2014
- Stuhlbarg logs onto Jobs biopic - December 18, 2014
Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.