Hal Douglas


You may not know his face, but you can probably recognize his voice.

Legendary voice-over artist Hal Douglas died in his home in Lovettsville, Va., on Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer, according to The New York Times. He was 89.

Douglas' voice has graced the background of a number of movie trailers, with his famous words like "audiences everywhere," "thrilled by images never before seen...until now!," and "Under 17 not admitted without a parent" leaving a presence in viewers' minds.

His list of work is pretty remarkable, including box office classics Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Coneheads, Meet the Parents and Lethal Weapon.

"When you go past superstar status, you reach icon status in this business, where people know you by one name only," renowned voice coach Marice Tobias told the NYT. "That was Hal." 

However, Douglas was much more modest about his talent. "I'm not outstanding in any way," he told The New York Times in 2009. "It's a craft that you learn, like making a good pair of shoes. And I just consider myself a good shoemaker."

Douglas is survived by his wife, Ruth Francis Douglas, their daughter, Sarah, and two sons from a previous marriage, Jeremy and Jon.

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