Don LaFontaine Poster


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Overview (5)

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (collapsed lung)
Birth NameDonald Leroy La Fontaine
Nicknames King of the Movie Trailers
The King
Thunder Throat
The Voice of God
The Godfather of Trailers
The Voice
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Don LaFontaine was born on August 26, 1940 in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. He is known for In a World... (2013), The Hitter (1978) and Free Radio (2007). He was married to Nita Whitaker and Joan Studva. He died on September 1, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Family (1)

Spouse Joan Studva (1967 - 1988)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Nita Whitaker (? - 1 September 2008)  (his death)  (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

His booming, powerful voice
Use of the scene-setting phrase "In a world where..." in his voiceovers for movie trailers

Trivia (14)

Claimed that he was able do nearly 80 voice-over jobs in a day.
Did voice-over work for over 40 years.
His is the voice you hear on the majority of the trailers/previews at movie theaters nationwide. His body of work included voice over narrations for at least 5,000 film trailers and possibly as many as half a million TV and radio spots.
Recorded as many as 25 voice-over sessions in a single day and over 100 separate spots in a day.
In an interview he stated that his favorite voice-over for a film trailer was the one he recorded for David Lynch's "The Elephant Man" (1980).
Said that Peter Thomas influenced his career.
His agent is Vanessa Gilbert.
Father, with Nita Whitaker, of Christine, Skye and Elyse.
In interviews he stated that his voice spontaneously cracked in mid-sentence at the age of 13. He became very self-conscious about his "new" voice until his classmates at school would pay him to speak as their fathers to make "sick calls" on their behalf so they could take a day off from school.
His first professional voice work came while working on the 1964 movie Gunfighters of Casa Grande (1964). He filled in for a voice actor in a radio promo. This led to more voice work; by the 1970s, he was one of Hollywood's busiest voice talents.
After high school, he enlisted in the Army, and learned about recording engineering. The first promo he engineered was for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
He would bring portable recording equipment with him on vacation. He once mentioned that he received an urgent call for a voiceover when vacation. He shut himself in the hotel bathroom, took a seat on the toilet and did the job in one take.
Don was of French ancestry.

Personal Quotes (2)

It's never too early....for a salad!
In a world...

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