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GEICO
(Finance and Banking)
CBS
(Movies & TV)
California
(Animal)
Wes Johnson
(Movies & TV)
American Idol
(Series)
 

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Don LaFontaine

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Don LaFontaine

American voice actor famous for recording more than 5,000 film trailers and hundreds of thousands of television advertisements, network promotions, and video game trailers add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1940.

Countries: United States (56%), United Kingdom (11%), California (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: GEICO, CBS, California

Linked to: GEICO, Paramount Pictures, United States Army, NPR

 

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Don LaFontaine was born in 1940 add something

 

The episode dedicated his memory and said "To Don LaFontaine 1940-2008" Fellow voice-over artist and friend John Leader retired from the voice-over business on Sept 1, 2008 upon learning of LaFontaine's death add something


1964

While working on the 1964 western "Gunfighters of Casa Grande", LaFontaine had to fill in for an unavailable voice actor in order to have something to present to MGM add something


1976

He became the head of Kaleidoscope Films Ltd., a major movie trailer producer before starting his own company, Don LaFontaine Associates, in 1976 add something


1981

However, he decided to get back into trailer work and left Paramount, moving to Los Angeles in 1981 add something


2000

LaFontaine did other voice work, including as the announcer for the newscasts on WCBS-TV New York, from 2000 to 2001 add something


2006

In 2006, GEICO began airing an ad campaign in which actual customers told their own stories of GEICO experiences, accompanied by a celebrity who helped them make the story interesting add something

 

LaFontaine was featured as the celebrity in one of these ads which began airing in August 2006 add something

 

CBS - Their most recent campaign, beginning in 2006, proclaims "We Are CBS" with the voice of Don LaFontaine


2007

However, by 2007, he found the requests to be too numerous for him to take on, and stopped providing the service add something

 

In a 2007 interview, LaFontaine explained the strategy behind his signature catch phrase, "in a world where add something

 

LaFontaine stated in 2007 that his favorite work in a movie trailer was for the hit biographical film "The Elephant Man", though according to a response to the question on his website, he had several trailers which stood out in his mind, and he didn't like to choose one add something

 

On April 12, 2007, LaFontaine appeared on an episode of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" with ousted American Idol finalist Haley Scarnato to provide humorous "movie trailer"-esque commentary, as a spoof of his &Geico commercial add something


Don LaFontaine died in 2008 add something

 

On Friday August 22, 2008, LaFontaine was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California with a pulmonary embolism and was reported to be in critical condition the following Tuesday add something

 

Ten days later, LaFontaine died on September 1, 2008, six days after his 68th birthday, following complications from a pneumothorax add something

 

On September 6, 2008, "America's Most Wanted" showed a visual with a picture of him with words below that said "In Memoriam: Don LaFontaine August 26, 1940 - September 1, 2008 add something


2009

Wes Johnson - Wes was the series announcer for "America's Most Wanted" on FOX until December 2009, replacing Don LaFontaine in September 2008


2014

LaFontaine known for voicing Mimi on Gordon The Explorer From 2014. had jobs at a number of different studios each day add something