Tuesday, September 2

The Voice is Silenced

68 year-old Don LaFontaine, most famous for saying "In a world...." in his deep voiceover voice has passed away. LaFontaine was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California with a blood clot in his lungs and was reported as being in critical condition the following Tuesday. LaFontaine died September 1, 2008 following complications from pneumothorax. He recently did a Gieco commercial and was on the Jay Leno Tonight Show lapooning voted out American Idols. He also appeared in two eps of "Family Guy" satiring himself. While working on the 1964 western Gunfighters of Casa Grande, LaFontaine had to fill in for an unavailable voice actor to finish a client’s presentation. Not long after, the client bought the spots, and LaFontaine’s career as a voice actor had been sealed. Prior and into the 1970s, LaFontaine developed his signature style of a strong narrative approach, and heavy melodramatic coloration of his voice work.