Voice-over artist Hal Douglas, who lent his voice for many movie trailers such as "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump", has passed away. He was 89. Douglas died on Friday, March 7 at his home in Lovettsville, Va. As reported by New York Times, his daughter Sarah Douglas said that the famed narrator died from complications of pancreatic cancer.
"Hal was known not only for his incomparable voice, which could be heard on thousands of movie trailers, television and radio promos, commercials, documentaries, and as the spokesman for numerous broadcast networks, but also for his warmth, humility, humor, and generosity of spirit," read a statement from Douglas' daughter on his website.
Douglas was born Harold Cohen in Stamford, Conn., on September 1, 1924. He studied acting after his Navy service at the World War 2 then took part in voice-over work for radio, television and films.
Besides "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump", Douglas lent his voice for other movie trailers including "Coneheads", "Meet the Parents", "Lethal Weapon", "Chocolat" and "Men in Black". He also narrated TV commercials for Broadway plays such as "Cats", "Dreamgirls" and "Miss Saigon" in addition to other commercials for shows in A&E and the History Channel as well as other products.
Douglas is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ruth Francis Douglas, two sons Jeremy Douglas and Jon Douglas, a daughter, Sarah, and three grandchildren.