RIP Douglas Rain, HAL 9000


I was just adding a HAL 9000 emote to my discord when I heard the news. Sad to find out Douglas Rain passed away on the morning of the 11th November 2018 at St. Marys Memorial Hospital. He died of natural causes at age 90 and is survived by his two sons, daughter, granddaughter and daughter-in-law.

My nickname @muthur9000 is a combination of my two favourite science fiction portrayals of Artificial Intelligence, MU/TH/UR from the Alien Universe and HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. This Saturday I will be attending an exclusive screening of 2001 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, and they will be a Q and A with Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. It will be a beautiful but sombre screening for me. It’s the second time I will be watching it in the 70mm “Unrestored” print showcasing its original format. So no digital alterations, remastered effects, or revisionist edits.

Douglas Rain also co-founded the Stratford Festival, The festival’s director mentioned his passing in a media release.

“Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development.  Douglas Rain was that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors. The voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Douglas shared many of the same qualities as Kubrick’s iconic creation: precision, strength of steel, enigma and infinite intelligence, as well as a wicked sense of humour. But 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. Douglas dedicated his talent to the stages of his native land, and we are proud in return to dedicate the coming season’s production of Othello to his memory. We owe him so much.”

– Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino

Rest in Peace Douglas Rain, your performance meant a lot to me.


This article was originally posted to mystratfordnow

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