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Voice of HAL Dies

PostPosted: November 12th, 2018, 10:16 am
by toucana

Actor Douglas Rain, who was the voice of the sinister computer Hal in sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died, the organisers of a theatre festival he founded have said.

Rain died at the age of 90, according to the Stratford Festival in Canada.The actor performed for 32 seasons at the Shakespearean festival and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1972. But he will be best remembered as the voice of Hal 9000, the AI computer in Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 film.

The director originally selected Oscar winner Martin Balsam - but decided he was "too colloquially American". He also considered actor Nigel Davenport in the role, but later concluded he did not want a British voice. So he called upon Rain after hearing his voice in the 1960 documentary Universe, according to The New York Times.