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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Don LaFontaine Dead At 68

This is sad news.

Voiceover King Don LaFontaine has died. AHN:

    Voice over artist Don LaFontaine died Monday of complications relating to a collapsed lung.

    LaFontaine was 68 years old.

    LaFontaine's prolific voice has been hear in hundreds of thousands of commercials for both radio and television. Most recently taking jabs at himself in a rare on screen appearance in Geico insurance commercials.

    Nicknamed "King of the Movie Trailers", LaFontaine has worked on more than 3,500 films, television shows and other projects. He had once claimed he can voice nearly 80 spots in a day.

    LaFontaine is survived by his actress wife, Nita Whitaker, and three children.

Somewhere - I don't recall where - a couple of months ago I had read where he was born in Duluth, Minnesota - but Wiki claims he was born in New Ulm. Wait - strike that - I just rechecked Wiki and apparently the data there is being quickly edited because it says he was born in Duluth. (This is why Wiki cannot be trusted other than for providing the most generalized info).

Either way, Don was another Minnesota boy done good.

Don had "pipes", people...he had "pipes". His booming, distinct and awesome, awesome voice will be missed by moviegoers.

"In a world...without Don LaFontaine...movie trailer voiceovers will be mundane."

More on Don's life here.

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