Douglas Rain: Actor who voiced Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey passes away

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Actors Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Actor Douglas Rain, who was the voice of the ominous computer system Hal in sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey, has passed away, the organisers of a theatre festival he established have said.

Rain passed away at the age of 90, according to the Stratford Festival in Canada.

The actor carried out for 32 seasons at the Shakespearean celebration and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1972.

But he will be best kept in mind as the voice of Hal 9000, the AI computer in Stanley Kubrick’s landmark 1968 film.