Don LaFontaine, 1940-2008

Not many people know Dan LaFontaine's name. But they sure knew his voice. The 'voiceover king' lent his dulcet tones to literally thousands of commercials and movie trailers. His signature line, "In a world where..." is now a cliche, but one born of LaFontaine's immense body of work. Based on contracts signed, he was the single busiest actor in SAG history.

LaFontaine passed away yesterday in Los Angleles. While the world may not notice his absence directly, we are now without an omnipresent, and dare I say, comforting piece of our aural background.

Farewell, Mr. LaFontaine. You will be missed.