​R.I.P. Douglas Rain, the Voice of HAL in '2001: A Space Odyssey'

The Canadian actor was 90
​R.I.P. Douglas Rain, the Voice of HAL in '2001: A Space Odyssey'
Esteemed Stratford actor Douglas Rain, also known for voicing the computer HAL in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey passed away yesterday (November 11). He was 90.
 
Rain was born in Winnipeg but spent much of his life in Stratford, where he was a founding member of the Stratford Festival company. Over 32 seasons with the festival, he played roles like the title role in Henry V, Iago in Othello and Malvolio in Twelfth Night.
 
His most famous role, however, was in Kubrick's 1968 film adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He voiced the antagonistic heuristically programmed algorithmic computer HAL 9000. He reprised the role in 1984's sequel 2010: The Year We Make Contact, directed by Peter Hyams.
 
The Stratford Festival sent out a message of condolences to the late actor.
 
Other prominent sci-fi fans and filmmakers have also paid homage to Rain. See some of those messages below.