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Douglas Rain, Voice Of HAL 9000, Dead At 90

Posted at 4:03 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 16:04:28-05

(NBC News) -Douglas Rain, a Canadian actor best known for voicing the HAL 9000 computer in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” died on Sunday. He was 90.

Rain was a found member of The Stratford Festival in Ontario. The company announced his death over Twitter.

Rain provided the voice in “2001” for the HAL 9000, a sentient computer controlling a spaceship bound for Jupiter.

Rain’s sinuous, detached reading of HAL’s lines made the computer’s murders of three astronauts as they slept in suspended animation and its subsequent stranding of astronaut Frank Poole to die in open space all the more shocking.