Douglas Rain (1928–2018)


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Cinema lovers and sci-fi fans will always remember the great Douglas Rain not exactly by his face but specially because of his vocal talents that brought him attention and eternity in the cinema world as the soothing voice of computer HAL 9000 in the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and its sequel 2010 (1984). What most people don't know is ... See full bio »

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Known For

(1968)
2010 HAL 9000
(1984)
Startime George Tesman / Hovstad / Rev. John Hale
(1959-1960)
Festival Bosola / Cassius / Chorus / Coffey / Courier / David King / Dylan Thomas / Jacob Schunk / Narrator / Pip / Police Inspector / Sergeant Provocateur / Serjeant Musgrave / Warwick
(1960-1966)

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 2011 Prophets of Science Fiction (TV Series documentary)
Voice of HAL in '2001, A Space Odyssey'
- Arthur C. Clarke (2011) ... Voice of HAL in '2001, A Space Odyssey' (voice)
 1995 The Russian German War (Video)
Narrator (voice)
 1985 Love & Larceny (TV Movie)
Ashton Fletcher
 1984 2010
HAL 9000 (voice)
 1984 Sam Hughes's War (TV Movie)
 1974 Tour en l'air
Narrator (voice)
 1973 Sleeper
Evil Computer / Various Robot Butlers (voice, uncredited)
 1971 Talking to a Stranger (TV Mini-Series)
Alan
 1970 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series)
Jerry Proctor
- Open and Shut (1970) ... Jerry Proctor
 1968 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Fr. William Rolfe
- Hadrian VII (1968) ... Fr. William Rolfe
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Stephano
- The Tempest (1968) ... Stephano
 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey
HAL 9000 (voice)
 1966 Henry V (TV Movie)
Henry V
 1960-1966 Festival (TV Series)
Dylan Thomas / Police Inspector / Chorus / ...
- Dylan Revisited (1966) ... Dylan Thomas
- The Murderer (1966) ... Police Inspector
- Antigone (1963) ... Chorus
- Galileo (1963)
- Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1962) ... Serjeant Musgrave
 1962-1964 Playdate (TV Series)
Jones / Paul / Fouquier-Tinville / ...
- Alias Jones (1964) ... Jones
- The Typists (1963) ... Paul
- The Public Prosecutor (1963) ... Fouquier-Tinville
- The Messenger (1963) ... Phillip
- Mr. Oblomov (1962) ... Oblomov
 1964 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
Malvolio
 1963 A Cry of Angels (TV Movie)
Charles Jennens
 1963 The Other Man (TV Mini-Series)
David Henderson
 1963 The Dark Did Not Conquer (TV Movie)
Off-camera voice of Jesus
 1962-1963 Quest (TV Series)
Narrator / Albert Blondel
- Kim (1963) ... Narrator (voice)
- Jealousy (1962) ... Albert Blondel
 1961 Robert Baldwin: A Matter of Principle (Short)
William Lyon Mackenzie
 1961 William Lyon Mackenzie: A Friend to His Country (Short)
William Lyon Mackenzie
 1961 One Plus One
The Divorcee segment
 1961 Q for Quest (TV Series)
Dylan Thomas
- Return Journey (1961) ... Dylan Thomas
 1953-1960 Encounter (TV Series)
Joseph Howe / Jack Howell / Tom Wrench / ...
- The Night They Killed Joe Howe (1960) ... Joseph Howe
- Murder Anyone? (1960) ... Jack Howell
- Trelawney of the Wells (1959) ... Tom Wrench
- Man with a Rope (1959) ... Billy
- Undermined (1959) ... Lieutenant Mark Vincent
 1959-1960 Startime (TV Series)
George Tesman / Hovstad / Rev. John Hale
- Hedda Gabler (1960) ... George Tesman
- An Enemy of the People (1960) ... Hovstad
- The Crucible (1959) ... Rev. John Hale
 1960 The Hill (TV Movie)
Jesus (voice)
 1960 Just Mary (TV Series) (voice)
 1960 R.C.M.P. (TV Series)
Mr. Dodds
- The Hunt (1960) ... Mr. Dodds
 1959 Hudson's Bay (TV Series)
Martin Cobb
- The Accounting (1959) ... Martin Cobb
 1955-1959 Folio (TV Series)
Dr. Lvov / Narrator / Armand / ...
- Ivanov (1959) ... Dr. Lvov
- Under Milk Wood (1959) ... Narrator
- The Perils of Perrichon (1959) ... Armand
- Episode #4.1 (1958) ... (segment 'The Dock Brief')
- Peer Gynt (1957)
 1955-1957 On Camera (TV Series)
Joy-Pop / The Bard
- The Witness (1957) ... Joy-Pop
- The Waltz (1955)
- The Tyger's Hart (1955) ... The Bard
 1957 Oedipus Rex
Messenger
 1956 Christmas in the Market Place (TV Movie)
Joey
 1956 The Hill (TV Movie)
 1955 Scope (TV Series)
Laertes
- Hamlet (1955) ... Laertes
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He has also performed at the Shaw Festival notably in Arms and the Man and Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles. See more »

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Narrated a 1960 National Film Board of Canada short film called "Universe". An inspired Stanley Kubrick reportedly had seen that film nearly a hundred times and certainly was aware of Rain's abilities when he cast him as the voice of HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). See more »

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