Douglas Rain, the Canadian voice (Winnipeg-born!) of 2001’s HAL 9000, has died.

The Winnipeg-born Canadian who provided the voice for the universe’s most conflicted computer has died.

Douglas Rain, who co-founded the Stratford Music Festival in 1952, was cast by Stanley Kubrick to be the dispassionate voice of the HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Conflicted by his orders, HAL killed most of crew, leaving it up to David Bowie to disconnect him in this iconic scene.

Why did Rain/HAL sing “A Bicycle Built for Two?” Because in 1961, the IBM 7094 became the first computer to sing and that was the song engineers taught it.

BONUS: Cartman as HAL

Read more at Variety.


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