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DIED As scenes of impending doom flash onscreen, his gravelly voice cuts through the explosive effects and thundering music with the familiar words "In a world where ..." Known as "Thunder Throat," "The Trailer King" or, more generally, "that movie voice-over guy," self-dubbed voice actor Don LaFontaine narrated more than 5,000 movie trailers and other promotions in his nearly 50-year career. Originally an audio engineer and editor, LaFontaine got his start behind the mike because of a scheduling mix-up. Soon he was recording voice-overs full time--as many as 60 a week--and narrating teasers for films from The Godfather to Home Alone...

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