Movie trailers will never be the same again. CBS is reporting that Don LaFontaine, the legendary voice of over 5,000 movie trailers, has passed away at the age of 68. The official cause of death wasn't released, but it was said to be due to complications from a collapsed lung.
Here's an excerpt from the bio on his official website:
Over the past 25 years, LaFontaine cemented his position as the "King of Voice-overs." Aside from his continuing work in the trailer industry, he has also been the voice of NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and UPN, in addition to TNT, TBS and the Cartoon Network. By conservative estimates, he has voiced hundreds of thousands of television and radio spots, including commercials for Chevrolet, Pontiac, Ford, Budweiser, McDonalds, Coke, and many other corporate sponsors. At last count, he has worked on nearly 5000 films, including appearances as the in-show announcer for the Screen Actors Guild and Academy Awards. Based on contracts signed, he has the distinction of being perhaps the single busiest actor in the history of SAG.
LaFontaine is survived by his wife, singer/actress Nina Whitaker, and three children.