Don LaFontaine

Don LaFontaine

American actor, producer and director.
Date of Birth: 26.08.1940
Country: USA

Biography of Don LaFontaine

Don LaFontaine was an American actor, producer, and director. He was best known as the master of voiceovers and commentary in movie trailers. Donald Leroy LaFontaine was born on August 26, 1940, in Duluth, Minnesota, USA, to parents Alfred and Rabi LaFontaine. At the age of thirteen, his voice underwent a mutation, acquiring a distinctive bass tone that would shape his entire career.

Don LaFontaine

After completing school, Don LaFontaine joined the US Army and worked as a recording engineer. This experience helped him secure a job in radio in New York City after his service in 1962. He worked with producer Floyd Peterson, who advised Don to try his luck in the film industry.

Don LaFontaine

In 1964, his voice was first heard in the Western film "Gunfighters of Casa Grande." Following this, MGM signed a contract with him, launching his career as a voiceover artist. Don LaFontaine later became the head of "Kaleidoscope Films Ltd," a company specializing in trailer production. In 1976, he founded his own studio, "Don LaFontaine Associates."

Don LaFontaine earned nicknames such as the "Voice of God" and the "Thunderous Throat," and he was also referred to as the "King of Trailer Voices." He worked with nearly all major Hollywood studios, commanding substantial fees for his services. He was the author of the famous phrase used in countless trailers, claiming that it could succinctly summarize the plot of any film. The phrase was "In a world where...," and it could be heard in almost every movie trailer. Don LaFontaine recorded thousands of trailers in his career.

At the peak of his career, he would record up to sixty works per week, and on one occasion, he recorded thirty-five trailers in a single day. He also provided voiceovers for films such as "Terminator," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Shrek," "Friday the 13th," "Batman Returns," "The Sandlot," and others.

Don LaFontaine was married twice. He was married to his first wife, Joan Studva, from 1967 to 1988. He married actress Nita Whitaker in 1989, and they remained together until his death in 2008. They had three children together: Christine, Sky, and Alice.

Don LaFontaine passed away on August 1, 2008, at a clinic in Los Angeles due to a pulmonary artery thromboembolism and resulting pneumothorax.