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Don LaFontaine

Don LaFontaineAKA Donald Leroy LaFontaine

Born: 26-Aug-1940
Birthplace: Duluth, MN
Died: 1-Sep-2008
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA [1]
Cause of death: Respiratory failure [2]
Remains: Buried, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Voiceover powerhouse

Military service: US Army

Don LaFontaine was the king of movie trailers, having lent his talents to more than 4,000 of them. Countless times you've heard his deep, textured voice intone the phrases:

  • "In a world where..."
  • "He's a one-man army..."
  • "From the bedroom to the boardroom to..."
  • "Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. And no way out..."

Beyond simply having uttered these cliches, LaFontaine actually coined them as well -- which he later came to regret.

[1] Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

[2] Pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

Father: Alfred LaFontaine
Mother: Ruby Dravland
Sister: Sandra Lee LaFontaine (b. 23-Nov-1941)
Wife: Joan Studva (m. 1967, div. 1988, one daughter)
Daughter: Christine (b. 1969)
Wife: Nita Whitaker (singer/actress, African-American, two daughters)
Daughter: Elyse
Daughter: Skye

    High School: Central High School, Duluth, MN (1958)

    Don LaFontaine Associates Founder (1976)
    Endorsement of
GEICO 2006
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    EMILY's List
    Friends of Hillary
    John Edwards for President
    Obama for America

    Fillmore! Announcer (2002-04)

    Live! (28-Apr-2007) · Announcer [VOICE]
    Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (23-Jul-2005) [VOICE]
    Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (1-Nov-2002) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Plump Fiction (23-May-1997) [VOICE]
    A Man Called Sarge (2-Feb-1990) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Time Walker (1982)

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