Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who played some of Shakespeare's most intriguing characters on stage, but perhaps best known for having actually provided the horrific quiet voice of HAL's computer in Stanley Kubrick 2001: Space Odyssey He died at 90.
Stratford Festival said Rain died on Sunday of natural causes at the St Marys Memorial Hospital, just before Stratford, Ontario. He was one of the founders of the festival, and he spent 32 seasons there until 1998.
His role in Stratford included playing Claudia v Action for action in 1954, Malvolio v Twelfth night in 1957, Edgar v King Lear in 1964 and Prince Hal v Henry IV, Part 1 in 1958, the play and role he will return in 1965 and eventually take over the title role in 1966.
But it was the indelible voice of artificially intelligent HAL 9000 – the ancestors of today's Amazon Alexe or Google Home – where Rain entered the public's consciousness. Kubrick heard a rain voice in a documentary in the 1960s Universe, The film he watched repeatedly, according to the player. He originally hired a rainbow to narrate in 1968 2001: Space OdysseyHowever, the Director has decided on a different direction.
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HAL is a built-in mainboard on Discovery 1 spacecraft, but it's a thief. When the astronaut Dave Bowman asks HAL to open the door of the ship's ships, HAL obviously feared. "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can not do it," "the machine strongly refuses." This mission is too important to allow you to jeopardize it. "
When astronauts try to disconnect HAL, they fight back. During his stop, HAL sings the garden rhymes Daisy Bell and says, "I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind goes, I can feel. "The American Film Institute named HAL the 13th greatest film mastermind of all time and joined the list, which included Hannibal Lecter and Darth Vader.
The art director of the Stratford Festival, Antoni Cimolino, has named Rain, one of the biggest acting talents in Canada and "the leading light in its development". He said that acting humanity shone in the HAL.
"Douglas had the same features as Kubrick's icon: precision, power of steel, enigma and infinite intelligence, as well as a wicked sense of humor," said Cimolino. "But from those who were fortunate to have worked with Douglas, he soon solved his riddle and found out that warmth and humankind lay in the center of his secret, which proves in his care for the young members of our profession."
Rain attended the University of Manitoba and studied in London at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School. He started to play radio games. From 1974 to 1977, Rain was Head of the English section at the National Theater School in Canada.
He has performed at theaters and festivals all over Canada, including the Shaw Festival where he played roles like Caesar Caesar and Cleopatra In 1983 he shared phases with such lamps as Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith and Colm Feore. He was nominated for the 1972 Tony Award for his role as William Cecil Vivat! Vivat! Regina! His other Broadway credits include The Golden Age in 1963 and Broken South in 1958.
His sons, David and Adam, the daughter of Emma, the grandson, Salim, and the daughter-in-law of Asir, survive.