Posted on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
You might recall that Don LaFontaine, the man who provided the voiceover for many of the movie trailers from the 1980’s, 1990’s and the 2000’s had died two years ago at age 68. While LaDontaine was the defining voice of modern movie trailers, a man named Art Gilmore was known as the voice of the classic movie trailers of the 1950’s and 1960 era of movie trailers. I am sad to report that this veteran voice over announcer has died of old age on September 25th at age 98.
Gilmore got his start on radio in the 1930s, and moved on to television in the 1950’s, serving as announcer on “The George Gobel Show”, “The Red Skelton Show”, “Mackenzie’s Raiders,” “Men of Annapolis” and “Highway Patrol.” He began providing voice overs for movie trailers in 1950, and has been heard on more than 2,700 trailers. Gilmore was heard in films as the voice of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1942 production of Yankee Doodle Dandy and The Gallant Hours.
Watch 37 trailers featuring the voice over of Art Gilmore in today’s Video of the Day. You can read a long obiturary for Art on the New York Times.Cool Posts From Around the Web: