Don LaFontaine, also known as “The Voice”, died Monday at age 68. The man who narrated more than 5000 movie trailers became an indisputable legend in the world of voice overs.
LaFontaine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from a collapsed lung. He had been taken to the hospital on August 22 with a blood clot in the lung. [Video after the jump]
He also did thousands of television commercials, network promotions, video game trailers and other spots. With the advent of digital recording that could be sent from a home studio, he began recording spots in his Hollywood Hills home, where he worked for every major U.S. network, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and UPN, in addition to TNT, TBS and the Cartoon Network.
LaFontaine is survived by his actress-singer wife, Nita Whitaker, and three children.
I’ve done voice over work, and I feel that I lost the one person I admired the most in that industry.