Rest in Peace Don LaFontaine

By Kevin Michaluk on 2 Sep 2008 08:53 am EDT
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This isn't a typical Tuesday morning CrackBerry.com blog post, but it's one that has to be made. It is with sadness I bring news that Don LaFontaine, legendary voiceover artist, passed away on Monday at the age of 68.

Anybody who has ever listened to a CrackBerry.com Podcast will know all about Don. Since Episode 001, not a show has gone by where Craig (Don's biggest fan) or I have not made mention of him. We were actually hoping to have the "King of Voiceovers" record all of the sound bytes for the show, but Don's health struggles of the past few months prevented him from doing so. We do have an awesome clip of Don saying "CrackBerry.com" that we will continue to cherish (listen/download here).

The video above provides a great look at Don LaFontaine, while the video after the jump (5 Guys in a Limo) portrays a hilarious Don LaFontaine at the top of his game. RIP Don. You are the man.

CrackBerry Podcast note: In regards to CrackBerry.com podcasts, with September now here Craig and I will be returning to a regular weekly schedule. Big thanks to our regular listeners for the patience over the summer months while our recording schedule was all over the place and a little on the lacking side. Talk to you all soon!

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Rest in Peace Don LaFontaine

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Wow I always took for granted the voice overs of movie trailers and such. I recognize his voice from many of the trailers for movies I have seen. He will surely be missed.

I'm saddened to learn of Don's passing. His face may not have been easy to pick out of a crowd (well, before his Geico commercial anyway), but few could admit to not recognizing that amazing voice. Thank you for posting the video links - they are great tributes to Don's body of work.

Its a shame to see him go. He truly is a legend. Now that he's gone hopefully they'll grab Pablo Francisco to do voiceovers. He does Don's voice very well.

I was one of his biggest fans, and it's very sad. I work in the radio/TV business and am a voice over talent on the side and I have always appreciated his voice for movie trailers. He may have been THE best voice guy, and definitely in the Top 5. I'm no where close to as good as he is but I have always had him as an idol when I do voice overs.

In a world where you will be remembered forever. You're the reason why we get excited when we watch movie trailers. You're the voice that no one will ever forget. RIP Don