In a World Where…the King of Voiceovers Has Died

September 4, 2008

Don LaFontaine, known as the King of the Voiceovers, died on Monday, September 1.  While you may not recognize the name, you almost certainly have heard his baritone voice. Having voiced more than 5,000 film trailers and hundreds of thousands of commercials, Don is alleged to have worked more than any other member of the Screen Actors Guild.  This YouTube video profile tells his story.

He recycled his signature line, “In a world where…” so many times that it became a frequently parodied inside joke.

Don had Minnesota roots.  He was born and raised in Duluth, MN.  The Duluth News Tribune published a piece featuring interviews of his siblings and friends and tales of his adolescent antics.  Read it at: www.duluthnewstribune.com/articles/index.cfm?id=73236&section=News.

Also see the AP obituary, ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5heecGKGkvVOeQRKdE1oWT_LW8F7QD92V5B080.


Movie References to Duluth, MN

December 31, 2007

There’s a long tradition of making fun of Duluth, Minnesota, in the movies. The recently released trailer for the George Clooney directed romantic comedy “Leatherheads” continues that tradition. While the film features a Duluth-based professional football team, it was filmed mostly in North Carolina. See my previous post on “Leatherheads.”

More fun at Duluth’s expense… [Youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=-0VIgjSJFFc&feature=related]