David Warner, a star in movies such as Tron and The Omen, has passed away from cancer at the age 80.
His family stated that they shared the news with “an overwhelmingly heavy heart”.
Warner is also well-known for his role as Billy Zane’s sidekick Spicer Lovejoy, in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
He was recently seen as Admiral Boom, a naval eccentric in Mary Poppins Returns.
Warner passed away at Denville Hall, a home for people in the entertainment business.
His family stated that he had approached his diagnosis over the past 18 months with characteristic grace and dignity.
We will miss him greatly, his family, friends and loved ones. He will be remembered as a father, partner, father and kind-hearted man. His legacy of extraordinary work touched so many lives over the years. It continued, “We are heartbroken.”
Warner was often the villain in movies like The Thirty Nine Steps (1978), and Time Bandits (1981).
Many will remember Keith Jennings, a photographer who died in 1976’s supernatural masterpiece, The Omen.
Warner said, “I lost my head in the divorce,” when Warner was asked about his knowledge of horror films.
Warner played Bob Cratchit, George C Scott’s 1984 adaptation Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Warner noted that it was a joy to play a character other than a villain.
He enjoyed a successful television career with roles on Wallander, as Kenneth Branagh’s dad – Penny Dreadful and Ripper Street, Doctor Who, and the original Twin Peaks.
Warner is also well-known for his roles in Star Trek and several Doctor Who audio plays.
As an escape
His work was recognized early in his career when he received a Bafta nomination in Karel Resz’s 1966 film Morgan, A Suitable Case For Treatment. He was starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave.
In 1981, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special for his portrayal as Pomponius Falco on the television miniseries Masada.
He was also known for his title roles in Henry VI and Hamlet, both of which he had been trained by Rada.
Warner returned to Stratford for the first time since more than 40-years to play Sir John Falstaff at the Courtyard Theatre revivals of Henry IV, Part 1, and Henry IV Part 2.
Gregory Doran, RSC’s artistic director emeritus, made a tribute to Warner in a statement.
“It is very difficult to hear that David Warner has passed away.
“David’s most famous role at the RSC was that of Hamlet in 1965. It was directed by Peter Hall with Glenda Jackson playing Ophelia and Elizabeth Spriggs playing Gertrude. Brewster Mason played Claudius.
David, a tortured student, was adorned in a long orange scarf and seemed to be the epitome 1960s youth. He captured the radical spirit of a turbulent era.
“He was generous, kind, and a great talent.”
An actor once described his childhood as “messy”, and his family as being “dysfunctional”, explaining how acting was “a way to escape”.
Warner stated that he had a teacher who was his mentor and encouraged him to pursue drama. He also said that there was an option between acting or being a juvenile delinquent.
He is survived “his beloved partner Lisa Bowerman”, his much-loved child Luke, and Sarah, as well as his close friend Jane Spencer Prior, Harriet Evans, and many of his gold dust friends.