Sad news. Hal Douglas, the iconic narrator of movie trailers, has died at age 89. According to The New York Times, the cause of death was pancreatic cancer. Douglas was the Michael Jordan of movie trailer voiceover guys, and the most fitting tribute I can think of is to run these two clips. The first is a trailer Jerry Seinfeld made for his documentary Comedian, which I submit is the funniest movie trailer I’ve ever seen, ironic since it had absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter of the film. The second clip showcases Douglas’s ability to make anything, from good movies and TV shows to utter crap, sound like an event you could not miss.
Douglas could make movies and TV shows, good and bad, sound compelling: