Douglas Rain, who performed 32 seasons with the Stratford Festival in Ontario, but perhaps best known for a faceless film role – HAL 9000’s voice in Stanley Kubricks landmark 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey” died on Sunday in St. Petersburg. Marys, Ontario. He was 90 years old.
Stratford Festival announced its death.
“Douglas shared many of the same characteristics as Cubric’s iconic creation,” says Antoni Cimolino, the artistic director of the festival. “Precision, strength of steel, mystery and infinite intelligence, as well as evil humor. But those of us who are lucky enough to work with Douglas soon solved their riddle and discovered that in my mystery there was heat and humanity.”
What turned out to be, in a certain way, a career career came in 1960 when Mr. Rain told a Canadian documentary about astronomy and space called “Universe.” It got Kubricks attention; He is said to have seen it many times. And when he found it difficult to find a voice like HAL 9000-built-in computer on spacecraft that held astronauts on a mysterious mission, he thought about the documentary’s story.
“2001” had already taken place and different concepts for HAL’s voice had been tried. At one point, the computer was thought to be female. Actor Martin Balsam recorded HAL’s lines but was not considered right. During the film, British actor Nigel Davenport read the lines outside the camera for a time in favor of Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, who played the astronauts, and then Kubrick had a deputy director, even British, doing that.  Mr. Kubrick, not happy with any of them, searched Mr. Rain. They met at a recording studio outside of London. Mr. Rain recorded his lines in one and a half days with Kubrick, who died in 1999, explained the scenes to him and gave him only the smallest of the targeted notes.
Mr. The rain’s rendering of the lines (“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can not do that”) was uncomfortable in a way that was both calming and worrying. His readings were cool to cool, especially when the story moved and HAL became malicious.
“Rain loved to immerse himself in the development of the roles he played, so the quick recording with Stanley Kubrick, which gave him no context for the character of HAL and no collaboration with other actors, along with the seemingly quick decision of the director to throw him almost in the last minute, left him unimpressed with the whole experience, “said Mr. Flahive via email.
“He told me 2014,” If you could have been a ghost at the recording, you would think there was a load of junk. “Desp is his fame and his famous connection to it, Rain never saw” 2001: A Space Odyssey. “”
Douglas James Rain was born May 9, 1928 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His father, James, was a rail switch and his mother, Mary Crichton McIntyre, was a nurse.
He studied at the University of Manitoba, from which he received a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and the Banff Center for the Arts. He also spent one year at the Old Vic School in London before returning to Canada to join the Stratford Festival.
Within a few years he played major roles there, including Iago in “Othello” 1959, the title role of “King John” 1960 and Edgar in “King Lear” 1964.
Howard Taubman, who reviewed “Henry IV, Share 1 “in Stratford 1965 for the New York Times, said Mr. Rain, in the role of Henry, Prince of Wales, “performs with a youthful hyphen in the early stages and then becomes gallant in the latter with equal joy.”
Mr. The rain appeared several times on Broadway. His performance in “Vivat! Vivat Regina!” In 1972 earned him the Tony Award nomination as the best actor in an act.
He was also seen in many TV shows and several other films, including “2010: The Year We Made Contact”, a sequel to “2001” in which he reprized the role of HAL. Hans was also the voice of the computer in Woody Allen’s “Sleeper” 1973.
Mr.. Rain’s marriage to Lois Shaw and Martha Henry ended in divorce. He is survived by two sons, David and Adam; a daughter, Emma Rain; and a grandson.
In an interview from 1981 with the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, Mr. Rain “Universe”, the documentary that led to his “2001” fame.
“It was a very low budget business with Ping-Pong balls, and the sun, as I remember, was played by a tomato,” he said. “In fact, it became so impressive on the screen.”
His appeal to Kubrick was often attributed to the dialect that his voice generally fell into, which was called Standard Canadian English.
A university professor in Toronto Jack Chambers, once declared the appeal.
“You must have a computer that sounds like he’s from nowhere, or rather, from no specific place,” he said once. “Standard Canadian English sounds” common “- that’s why Canadians are well received in the United States as anchors and reporters, because the vowels do not give away the region they come from.”
The American Film Institute once listed the 50 biggest film cartoons. HAL came in at no. 13.