In a world..."
Was his & will always BE in dedication to Lafontaine!!
His website... is a treasure trove!!
The coolio thing about Don (aka Thunderthroat) - is how EXTREMELY NICE & Personable he was!! NO DOUBT - Hollywood (trailers anyway) suffered IMMENSE PAINFUL silence upon Don's death! He set the standard.. & went for his main projective...
He lived here... (thanks 2 Michael Loke for the legwork on the photo!)
You know - he can really tell you his story better than I could, fosho!
Refusing to be walked all over & upon... Don had his star on the wall!!👍
He gave us all a body to go with the voice when he did the following Geico commercial..
Ever wanted to have a question & answer session with Don?? Cool trivia... For a time in the late '70s, LaFontaine was the official voice of Paramount Pictures.
If his voice seemed to be on every trailer imaginable - it's coz it was!! That's why he was known as 'the voice of God.' Hellu!
Cut to Friday, August 22nd - Don was checked-in to Cedars in L.A. as he was having trouble breathing with soreness in his chest area. Upon doing tests... Twas found that Don was having complications from a collapsed lung.. due to a PE (or blockage of the lung's main artery main artery.) His family made a public appeal for prayers on the Mediabistro.com website. Don was stabilized and all seemed 'not ok' but 'looking better' - that is... Until the following Tuesday, August 22nd - when Don took a turn for the worse and was reported to be critical.
Don held on in critical condition for a total of 10 days but died from pneumothorax, (a collapsed lung that causes air to build in the pleural cavity), on Tuesday, September 1, 2008... 6 days after his 68th birthday! A sad, sad, sad, day for Hollywood! His final work was a voiceover for a global slave trade film... In a fitting form of his genuine generosity - he had done the voiceover at no charge. He would also do free voiceovers for anyone who ask, whether for voicemail or aspiring filmmakers who'd write to him...
He was interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
RIP Don - your legacy serves as a lesson, & high standard to those who follow, during AND after you. Your flame burns bright!!
You can visit his grave virtually & leave your non-wilting smelling like-uh-rose-flowers & memories here,
He was TRULY unique as they get - or come!
Hollywood (and fans of) will always carry Don Lafontaine in it's/their hearts!