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Title: Don LaFontaine, voice of movie trailers, dies
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on September 02, 2008, 04:34:27 PM

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5heecGKGkvVOeQRKdE1oWT_LW8F7QD92UP5102


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don LaFontaine, the man who popularized the now loved-catch phrase, "in a world where..." and lent his voice to thousands of movie trailers, has died. He was sixty-eight. LaFontaine died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from complications in the treatment of an ongoing illness, said Vanessa Gilbert, his agent.

LaFontaine made more than 5,000 trailers in his 33-year career while working for the top studios and television networks.

In a rare on-screen appearance in 2006, he parodied himself on a series of national television commercials for a car insurance company where he played himself telling a customer, "In a world where both of our cars were totally under water..."

In an interview last year, LaFontaine explained the strategy behind the phrase.

"We have to very rapidly establish the world we are transporting them to," he said of his viewers. "That's very easily done by saying, 'In a world where...violence rules,' 'In a world where...men are slaves and women are the conquerors.' You very rapidly set the scene."

LaFontaine insisted he never cared that no one knew his name or his face, though everyone knew his voice.

LaFontaine went on to work in the promo industry in the early 1960s. As an audio engineer, he produced radio spots for movies with producer Floyd Peterson.

When an announcer didn't show up for a recording session in 1965, LaFontaine voiced his first narration, a promo for the film, "Gunfighters of Casa Grande." The client, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, liked his performance.

LaFontaine remained active until recently, averaging seven to ten voiceover sessions a day. He worked from a home studio his wife nicknamed "The Hole," where his fax machine delivered scripts.

LaFontaine is survived by his wife, the singer and actress Nita Whitaker, and three daughters.

His funeral arrangements were pending.
Title: Re: Don LaFontaine, voice of movie trailers, dies
Post by: Whalestoe on September 02, 2008, 04:49:08 PM
In a world where... I'm so fucking bummed. :'(
Title: Re: Don LaFontaine, voice of movie trailers, dies
Post by: Groggy on September 02, 2008, 04:53:01 PM
 :'(
Title: Re: Don LaFontaine, voice of movie trailers, dies
Post by: Tucumcari Bound on September 02, 2008, 04:56:34 PM

This sucks. It really does. The way this guy got us all excited in anticipation for a film was remarkable. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
Title: Re: Don LaFontaine, voice of movie trailers, dies
Post by: moviesceleton on September 03, 2008, 01:04:46 AM
Now that's a voice I'd like to have!

RIP :(
Title: Re: Don LaFontaine, voice of movie trailers, dies
Post by: The Firecracker on September 03, 2008, 01:03:11 PM
NO! NO!
Take Rod Schneider instead!