Douglas Rain,The Voice Of HAL 9000, Dies At 90

The Canadian stage actor, most notorious for lending his voice to the computer from '2001: A Space Odyssey' has died.

Douglas Rain was 90 when he died of natural causes in Stratford, Ontario according to The Stratford Festival -- which Rain had co-founded in 1952.

"Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development," Stratford Festival's artistic director said in a statement according to CTV.

"Douglas Rain was that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors," the statement continued.

While Rain had a lengthy career as a stage actor, performing in festivals across Canada, he was most well-known for his role in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey where he voiced the rogue computer HAL 9000.

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Kubrick spoke of why he chose Rain for the job, describing him as having "the right amount of the Winston Hibler, the intelligent friend next door quality, with a great deal of sincerity, and yet, I think, an arresting quality."

"Douglas shared many of the same qualities as Kubrick's iconic creation," Stratford's Antoni Cimolino said, "Precision, strength of steel, enigma and infinite intelligence, as well as a wicked sense of humour."

"Those of us lucky enough to have worked with Douglas soon solved his riddle and discovered that at the centre of his mystery lay warmth and humanity, evidenced in his care for the young members of our profession," Cimolino said.

Born in Winnipeg, Rain was nominated for a Tony Award in 1972 for Best Supporting or Featured Actor for his performance in Vivat! Vivat Regina! 

Rain is survived by his two sons, daughter, granddaughter and daughter-in-law.

According to Cimolino, the festival would be dedicating their upcoming production of Othello to the actor's memory.

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