Hal Douglas’ booming voice sold movies and TV shows like none other. He’ll forever be connected with the phrase “in a world,” now synonymous with the start of movie trailers. Douglas died March 7 at his Virginia home after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
His daughter Sarah released this statement on a memorial website:
“Hal was known not only for his incomparable voice, which could be heard on thousands of movie trailers, television and radio promos, commercials, documentaries, and as the spokesman for numerous broadcast networks, but also for his warmth, humility, humor, and generosity of spirit.”
Douglas provided voiceovers for famous films including “Philadelphia,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Forrest Gump.” Whether it was describing the latest scrape Murtaugh and Riggs had gotten themselves into, or telling us about a “very special” episode of 7th Heaven, he made everything sound must watch. As this trailer for Jerry Seinfield’s film “Comedian” shows, Douglas had no problem making fun of himself:
The Connecticut-born Douglas was a pilot before he got into acting. He had worked in a home-based studio for the past 15 years.