Legendary voice-over artist Hal Douglas passed away on Friday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 89. While that name might not be familiar to you, his voice certainly was. Over the years, he narrated thousands of famous movie trailers with his dulcet tones and his famous line, "In a world…"
In honor of Douglas' career, let's take a look back at some of his most-famous movie trailers.
Douglas' voice doesn't come in until the 2:25 mark, but the sound of his work is instantly recognizable as he introduces the stellar lineup of actors starring in the 1994 film. With the sweeping soundtrack in the background, he remarks, "The world will never seem the same, once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump."
It's another Tom Hanks film with Douglas' smooth voice. He delivers the epic line, "In a story about our lives, our fears and our humanity." This 1993 film needed the gravitas that his voice embodied due to the difficult nature of the AIDS story line.
The 2011 film offers a more light look at what Douglas could do with his vocal instrument since the comedy focused on a daughter bringing home her boyfriend for the first time. When things don't go well, it's the irony in the artist's voice that says it all with, "And earn his way into the family, at least that was the plan…"
The trailer for the 1987 action film with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover kicks off right away with Douglas' voice. He says, "He's a criminal's worst nightmare, a cop who enjoys the danger." It sets the tone for the iconic buddy-cop movie, which eventually spun into three sequels.
Going to the movies and watching trailers will never sound the same without Hal Douglas.
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