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Hal Douglas, the man behind the legendary voice, passes away at 89

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Movie trailers will never be the same. Hal Douglas, the voice of some of the world's most recognizable movie trailers, died from pancreatic cancer last Friday at his Lovettsville, VA home, the New York Times reports. His gravelly baritone voice can be heard in trailers for movies such as Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, and Lethal Weapon.

Mr. Douglas was among the country's premier voice-over artists, accompanied by the likes of Don LaFontaine (Friday the 13th) and Don Morrow (Titanic).

According to the Times, he grew up in Connecticut and trained as a pilot in the Navy during World War II. He later studied acting at the University of Miami before moving to New York and taking on voice-over work to supplement the income from his acting gigs. He went on to become one of the most sought-after artists of our time.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years and two sons. He was 89.