Douglas Rain

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Douglas Rain
Born (1928-03-13) March 13, 1928 (age 90)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Alma mater Banff School of Fine Arts
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actor
Known for Voice of HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and 2010 (1984)
Spouse(s) Lois Shaw
Martha Henry
Awards Dora Mavor Moore Award

Douglas Rain (born March 13, 1928) is a Canadian actor and narrator. Though primarily a stage actor, he is also known for providing the voice of the HAL 9000 computer for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and its sequel, 2010 (1984).

Life and career[edit]

Rain was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied acting at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England. As a stage actor, his association with the Stratford Festival of Canada spans more than four decades.

He has performed in a wide variety of theatrical roles, most notably in a Stratford, Ontario production of Henry V, which was adapted for television in 1966.[1] In 1972, Rain was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for his performance in Vivat! Vivat Regina![citation needed]



  1. ^ Profile, Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia website; accessed August 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Ohayon, Albert. "The 1960s: An Explosion of Creativity". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 

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