David Warner: Titanic and Tron Actor Dies at 80

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Over the weekend, David Warner, an English actor who excelled at playing evil supporting roles in movies like “Titanic” and “Tron,” passed away. He was 80.

Warner’s family claimed in a letter provided to CNN by his talent agency that he passed away from a “cancer-related ailment.” In a letter to the family, they said that he had been ill for 18 months and had “approached his illness with a remarkable grace and dignity.”

His prodigious career lasted for more than 50 years and included everything from cherished animated programs to Oscar wins to Disney musicals. In a 2017 interview with the AV Club, he acknowledged that he had a significant impact on almost every film genre.

A long career that has included Shakespeare, horror, and a best picture winner

David Warner led an illustrious acting career

After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Warner started his career as a theater actor. He played the title parts in “Hamlet” and “Richard II” while performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Alongside Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Diana Rigg, he also starred in the 1968 movie version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Although he frequently performed as Shakespearean heroes on stage, he frequently played the adversary in movies. For example, he portrayed a power-hungry CEO who misrepresented Jeff Bridges’ ideas as his own in Disney’s iconic science fiction film “Tron.” In “Titanic,” he worked with Billy Zane’s villain to keep the main couple apart as Spicer Lovejoy, a mouthwatering character name. Warner also played “Evil” in Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits” in a very literal sense.

Warner played the supporting character in some of his most iconic performances. 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 appearances in three films directed by Sam Peckinpah, including the World War II ensemble drama “Cross of Iron.”

In a TV adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” Warner occasionally acted against type by playing Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge’s sympathetic employee. He played a Klingon in one of the two “Star Trek” movies he appeared in. In “Mary Poppins Returns,” he portrayed the oddball military veteran Admiral Boom, who frequently shoots cannons to signal the passing of time.

Additionally, he provided the voice of Ra’s al Ghul in “Batman: The Animated Series” and Gumball in “The Amazing World of Gumball.” It was a “wonderful pleasure,” he claimed, to appear in “kids pictures” in 2017 like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II.” Additionally, he stated that he had “the highest regard for the actors in the turtle suits.”

Despite having a successful career, Warner frequently had a humorous attitude toward his legacy. For example, Warner claimed in the 2017 AV Club interview that he “drifted into the occasional school play” because he felt “hopeless” in both his academic and athletic endeavors as a young man.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who co-starred with Warner in “Mary Poppins Returns,” was recalled by David Warner and shared a photo of the two of them together.

When Warner performed the role of Hamlet in 1965, the Royal Shakespeare Company described him as a “tortured student in his long orange scarf.”

In a statement, Warner’s family said that he is survived by his partner Lisa Bowerman, son Luke, and his “many gold dust buddies.”


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Anthony Carter

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