Movie trailer god, Hal Douglas, has died.
Hal Douglas has voiced thousands of movie trailers. You HAVE heard him and for those of us in the voiceover business we HAVE tried to copy him. He was very distinct in not only his timbre but in how he interpreted a script, knowing how to hit just the right ‘smiles’ and when to drag a word out a little bit to give it more impact.
Hal has now passed on at the age of 89 and leaves behind a bunch of us who find their stars are actually the ones reading the movie stars names, talking about ‘in a world’ and giving (ahem) voice to a movie trailer that they know is probably better than the actual movie it’s supposed to market.
Case in point: The trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedian.’ Who saw that actual movie? Now the trailer for it, with Hal Douglas, has gotten 860,000 views on YouTube and that’s just ONE copy of the trailer. Now, he obviously didn’t write and produce that spot (unconfirmed though!) but it wouldn’t have gotten the views it did had it not been for those great pipes and, lookey here, great acting on Hal’s part.
He was a Navy pilot in World War 2, a father, an actor and now Hal is with Don Lafontaine, the other great movie trailer voice guy who passed away in 2008. He’s not working a gold-lame microphone, shrouded in white silken robes, he’s resting those golden pipes cause even God knows that Hal’s voice belongs to us.