Monday , April 12 2021

Douglas Rain, actor and voice at Stratford Festival at HAL 2001: Space Odyssey, dies at age 90

Douglas Rain died on Sunday morning when he was 90 years old.

An actor, one of the pioneers of the Stratford Festival, is best known for his role as Stanley Kubrick's iconic 2001: Space Odyssey.

Rain was an unknown computer HAL.

He was born in Winnipeg in 1928 and began his career as an actor in radio stations.

After Manitoba, Rain traveled to London to study at Old Vic Theater.

He returned to Canada and in 1953 he was one of the founding members of the opening period of the Stratford Festival, played by Dorset and Tyrrell's awning William Shakespeare "Richard III".

Rain was also Alec Guinness, who played the title of that season. Guinness later became famous for playing various roles, especially from Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi's first Star Wars movie.

During his career Rain spent 32 years in Stratford.

His last festival production was "In All Seasons" in 1998.

Raini's career included more than a hundred television and movie theaters, sound work and radio shows.

The Stratford Festival announced its death in a press release on Sunday, saying Rain died for natural reasons in St. Marys.

"The Canadian theater has lost one of its greatest talents and has led to the development of light," says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino in his release. "Douglas Rain was a rare artist: an actor who has been deeply admired by other actors. HAL's voice 2001: Space Odyssey, Douglas shared many of the same features as Kubrick's iconic creation: precision, steel strength, enigma and infinite intelligence, as well as a bad sense of humor. But we who are fortunate to work with Douglas quickly resolved his riddle and discovered that his mystery in the midst of warmth and humankind proved his concern for our young members. Douglas owned his talents at the stages of his hometown and we are proud of our dedication to the production of the coming season Othello his memory. We owe so much to him. "

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