Nigel Davenport

  1. Douglas Rain, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.    Booked for the voice of the HAL computer, Davenport was actually on the Elstree set feeding lines to astronauts Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood – until director Stanley Kubrick decided the English accent “too distracting.”  For the rest of the shoot, the movie astronauts had to put up with a Cockney assistant director… “Better tyke a stress pill, Dyve.”  Rain recorded his lines in Canada and has still never met Dave: Keir Dullea.  The great French star, Jean-Louis Trintignant, was HAL in the French lingo dub; he also voiced The Shining’s Jack Nicholson.    In the weak sequel, 2010, 1984, the computer SAL 9000 was voiced by… Candice Bergen. But then HAL was first due to be ATHENA.

 Birth year: 1928Death year: 2013Other name: Casting Calls:  1