The Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who most notably provided the voice of inhumanly sinister HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died at the age of 90.
The actor was widely acclaimed across the stage and screen, he began his career by training at London’s Old Vic theatre and later had widespread praise for his roles in a variety of different Shakespeare plays.
His most famous role, however, came as the voice of HAL 2000 in 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and the 1984 sequel 2010: The Year We Make Contact. The character’s voice became the final word in quiet contempt and the dark side of lightheartedness.
See Edgar Wright’s tribute to the star below.
RIP Douglas Rain, the chillingly calm tones of HAL 9000 in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. One of the best performances in film, with just his voice. pic.twitter.com/79Jr8iOWK6
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 12, 2018