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Over the weekend, English actor David Warner passed away. He was known for his skillful portrayal of nasty supporting roles in movies like “Titanic” and “Tron.” He was 80.
According to a statement provided to CNN by Warner’s talent agency, he passed away from a “cancer-related ailment.” According to his relatives, he had been ill for 18 months and “approached his illness with a customary grace and dignity.”
His career was fruitful and lasted for more than 50 years; it included everything from renowned animated shows to Oscar winners to Disney musicals and horror classics and nominees. He admitted as much in a 2017 interview with the AV Club. He had a significant impact on almost every film genre.
David Warner made his mark on stage and in film
David Warner started his career on stage when he completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In addition to playing the major roles in “Richard II” and “Hamlet,” he appeared in other performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company. With Diana Rigg, Judi Dench, and Helen Mirren, he also starred in the 1968 version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Despite frequently appearing onstage as Shakespearean heroes, he frequently appeared in movies as the bad guy. He portrayed a ruthless businessman who claimed credit for Jeff Bridges’ concepts in Disney’s iconic science fiction film “Tron.” As the enticingly named Spicer Lovejoy, he started a plot in “Titanic” with Billy Zane’s villain to keep the main couple apart. Furthermore, Warner performed the part of “Evil” in Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits” extremely literally.
Warner took on the secondary character in some of his most iconic parts. For example, in “The Omen,” he played a photographer who was in danger from the demonic kid Damien rather than the villain. Additionally, he made three appearances, including “Cross of Iron,” an ensemble World War II movie directed by Sam Peckinpah.
Warner occasionally broke from his usual role by playing Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge’s sympathetic employee, in a television adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” Two “Star Trek” movies featured him in acting roles, one of which was as a Klingon. In his final acting appearance, he played the eccentric Admiral Boom in “Mary Poppins Returns,” a veteran military who frequently fires cannons to signal the passing of time.
Ra’s al Ghul from “Batman: The Animated Series” and Gumball from “The Amazing World of Gumball” are two animated programs in which he provided his voice. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II” was one of the “kids pictures,” he said he had “wonderful fun” in 2017. His “utmost admiration for the actors in the turtle costumes” was another thing he mentioned.
Warner frequently looked at his legacy with humor despite having a successful career. Warner claimed in an interview with the AV Club in 2017 that he “drifted into the occasional school play” since he was “hopeless” in both sports and academics as a youngster.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who co-starred with David Warner in “Mary Poppins Returns,” uploaded a picture of the two of them on his social media accounts.
The Royal Shakespeare Company described Warner as a “tortured student with his long orange scarf” in 1965 when he performed the role of Hamlet.
In their statement, Warner’s family spoke to his “many gold dust pals,” as well as his son Luke and partner Lisa Bowerman.