Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Goodbye to "That Movie Voice" Guy


Don LaFontaine, the voiceover king has died, according to media reports. He was 68.



http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/09/02/obit.lafontaine/index.html

You can hear him parody himself on the AEP "call before you dig" spots currently running, and the trailer for "Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie" found on certain DVD's is the perfect send up. He appeared on "Last Call with Carson Daly" just a few months ago.

Don is in that rare class of voice actor who became famous solely by performing in his chosen profession. Others in than class include Mel Blanc, June Foray, Stan Freeberg, Don Pardo, and, at least among fellow VO artists, Ernie Anderson. (With all due respect, Orson Wells is more famous today as a movie actor. Still, he was great.)

So, who gets to VO the trailer for "King Kong II?"

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