Don LaFontaine filmography and biography
Date of birth: 26 August 1940, Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Date of death: 1 September 2008, Los Angeles, California, USA (collapsed lung)
Don LaFontaine trivia
- 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.
- Was imitated by comedian Pablo Francisco.
- 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 (VI) 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". 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).
Don LaFontaine quotes
- It's never too early....for a salad!