Don LaFontaine, Hollywood's influential gravelly voice of movie trailers, dies

Don LaFontaine, the voiceover artist known to millions of filmgoers around the world for his gravelly tones, has died in Los Angeles. He was 68.

LaFontaine passed away from Pneumothorax, the presence of air or gas in the pleural cavity which houses the lungs, in Cedars-Sinai hospial on Monday, his agent has confirmed.

Affectionately known as 'The King of Voiceovers', LaFontaine worked on almost 5,000 film trailers.

Don LaFontaine

The King of Voiceovers: Don LaFontaine has died at the age of 68

He also lent his voice to numerous U.S. TV shows including Entertainment Tonight and The Insider and thousands of advertisements.

His trailer catchphrase 'In a world where...' has long passed into cinematic folklore and has been much parodied.

LaFontaine, who has headlined the voiceover industry for 25 years, was also the in-show announcer for the Academy Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, he began his career as a recording engineer before he became a voice actor in the mid-1960s.

He is survived by his wife Nina Whitaker and three children.

Don LaFontaine

At work: LaFontaine records another voiceover in 2002

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