Douglas Rain, the sinister voice of HAL in 2001

Douglas Rain

Douglas Rain

Rain died at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital outside Stratford, Ontario, on Sunday November 11.

He called Rain "that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors".

He was born in Winnipeg in 1928 and began his career as a radio child actor.

In addition to his work on 2001 (and its Peter Hyams-directed 1984 sequel 2010: The Year We Made Contact), Rain spent 32 seasons performing on stage as part of the Stratford Company in almost 80 productions between 1953 and 1998.

Rain spent nearly 10 hours in total recording the voice for HAL in order to flawless the tone of the computer after his first attempts were deemed by Kubrick as "too emotional". John G. Diefenbaker, and The Russian-German War.

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Douglas Rain was known for TV and stage work prior to being cast as HAL's voice after production had ended; Kubrick cast him because he had been impressed and inspired by an animated short called "Universe", which Rain narrated. The news was confirmed by Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Festival, which Rain helped to pioneer.

Douglas Rain, the Canadian actor behind the voice of computer-gone-rogue HAL 9000 in "2001: A Space Odyssey", has died. Those of us lucky enough to have worked with Douglas soon solved his riddle and discovered that at the centre of his mystery lay warmth and humanity, evidenced in his care for the young members of our profession.

Rain spent 32 seasons acting at Stratford and was one of the few surviving founding members of the company. "We owe him so much". His first roles were as the Marquis of Dorset and Tyrrell in Richard III, where he also understudied the title role, played by Alec Guinness.

Kubrick cast Rain for the role near the end of production, after scrapping other actors - including an Oscar victor, Martin Balsam - because he thought their voices were too distinctly American or British. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the 1972 Broadway production of Vivat! His career included more than a hundred television and movie roles, voice work and radio plays, CTV said.

Rain is survived by his two sons, David and Adam, his daughter Emma, granddaughter, Salima, and daughter-in-law, Asira.

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