Celebrity Death Watch: Francis Lai, Douglas Rain, Stan Lee

November 13, 2018

I know what you're thinking - - who the hell are Francis Lai and Douglas Rain?  I thought this was a CELEBRITY Death Watch, shouldn't these be people I know or at least have heard of?  Well, you might not know their names but you probably know their work.

 

Francis Lai was a composer who wrote music for over 100 films, most of them French.  His best-known composition is the theme from *Love Story.*  I'm not a big fan of that droopy tune, but I am TOTES CRAY CRAY for the theme from *A Man and a Woman,* a quirky little romantic drama from 1966.  I had the soundtrack on LP and listened to it over and freaking over in my late teens.  For me, it was the height of chic, a sparkly yet laid-back statement of mid-century French sophistication.

 

 

And Douglas Rain was a Canadian actor best known as the voice of HAL 9000, the devious computer in *2001: A Space Odyssey.*  The line, "I'm sorry, Dave.  I'm afraid I can't do that" is one of the greatest lines and line READINGS in movie history.

 

 And this just in - - Stan Lee!  An American original!

 

 

 

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