Rain in Stratford, Ontario in 1968
Douglas James Rain
March 13, 1928
|Died||November 11, 2018 (aged 90)|
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
|Alma mater||University of Manitoba|
Banff School of Fine Arts
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
|Known for||Voice of HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)|
|Awards||Dora Mavor Moore Award|
Douglas James Rain (March 13, 1928 – November 11, 2018) was a Canadian actor and narrator. Though primarily a stage actor, he provided the voice of the HAL 9000 computer for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and its sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984).
He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1950, then studied acting at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta, and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England. He was a founding member of the Stratford Festival of Canada in 1953 and was associated with it as a stage actor until 1998.
He performed in a wide variety of theatrical roles, such as a production of Henry V staged in Stratford, Ontario, that was adapted for television in 1966. In 1972, Rain was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for his performance in Vivat! Vivat Regina!
Voice of the HAL 9000 computer
Initially Kubrick decided to cast Rain as the voice of the HAL 9000 computer for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) after hearing his narration of a short documentary called Universe and later chose him as "the creepy voice of HAL". He would reprise his role for the sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984).
- Oedipus Rex (1957) — Messenger
- Just Mary (1960, TV series) — (voice)
- The Night They Killed Joe Howe (1960, TV drama, co-starring Austin Willis and James Doohan) — Joseph Howe
- Universe (1960, short film) — Narrator
- One Plus One (1961) — The Divorcee segment
- William Lyon Mackenzie: A Friend to His Country (1961, Short) — William Lyon Mackenzie
- Robert Baldwin: A Matter of Principle (1961, Short) — William Lyon Mackenzie
- The Other Man (1963, TV mini-series) — David Henderson
- Twelfth Night (1964, TV Movie)
- Fields of Sacrifice (1964) — Narrator
- Henry V (1966, TV Movie) — Henry V
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) — HAL 9000 (voice)
- Talking to a Stranger (1971, TV mini-series) — Alan
- Sleeper (1973) — Evil Computer / Various Robot Butlers (voice, uncredited)
- The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1974) — Narrator (voice)
- One Canadian: The Political Memoirs of the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker (1976; TV mini series; voice)
- SCTV (1982 — The Merv Griffin Show - The Special Edition - parody) — HAL 9000 (voice)
- 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) — HAL 9000 (voice)
- Love and Larceny (1985, TV Movie) — Ashton Fletcher
- The Russian-German War (1995, Video documentary) — Narrator (voice) (final film role)
- "University of Manitoba: Archives & Special Collections". University of Manitoba. December 8, 2018.
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- Profile, Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia website; accessed August 2, 2018.
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- "Voice of 2001: A Space Odyssey's Hal dies". BBC News. November 12, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
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- Gray, Andy. "Stratford Festival Founder Dies". mystratfordnow.com. mystratfordnow.com. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
- "Douglas Rain, Voice of HAL 9000 in '2001: A Space Odyssey,' Dies at 90". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- "Voice actor HAL 9000 has passed away". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- Ohayon, Albert. "The 1960s: An Explosion of Creativity". NFB.ca. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
- Douglas Rain on IMDb
- Douglas Rain at the Internet Broadway Database
- Douglas Rain at the Internet Off-Broadway Database