Douglas Rain in Canada, July this year. Jeff Goode / Toronto Star via Getty Images hide caption change caption Jeff…
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Douglas Rain, a Shakespeare actor who gave HAL’s awful voice in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died at the age of 90.
The Canadian actor died Sunday in the morning, according to the Stratford Festival, where Rain spent 32 seasons playing role as Othello s Iago and Twelfth Night s Malvolio. He was also a founder of the company. The Winnipeg-born actor had dozens of theater, film and television credits.
Rain’s biggest brand of pop culture was, however, less Shakespeare, but perhaps as much a classic: as 2001 s  HAL 9000, a famous scary computer in a movie written in collaboration with science fiction- author Arthur C. Clarke and widely regarded as Cubric’s masterpiece.
Kubrick was allegedly inspired by throwing Rain after looking at Universe, a 1964 animated documentary narrated by the actor.
At the first HAL, self-described as “foolproof and incapable”, a strong member of an astronaut crew on Jupiter, who holds spacecraft functions smoothly and maintains friendly about unemotional relationships with his crewmen – Dr. David Bowman, Dr. Frank Poole and three others who make the journey in suspended animation.
When HAL makes a mistake, Poole and Bowman will decide to shut down the computer. But HAL goes into self-catering mode, leading to all crew’s death except Bowman, who ultimately succeed in deactivating HAL. The rain’s stable monotone makes the events more unpleasant.