The prolific character actor David Warner, who appeared in TV shows like Twin Peaks and Penny Dreadful as well as the films Titanic and The Omen, has passed away. He was 80.
David Warner’s death on Sunday from “a cancer-related condition” at Denville Hall, a care center for those in the entertainment industry, was originally reported by the BBC. The actor’s family expressed their “very sorrowful heart” in a letter to the newspaper upon learning the news.
In a statement to the BBC, David Warner’s family confirmed his passing and stated that the legendary actor passed away from cancer-related sickness. The statement continued, “Over the past 18 months, he approached his illness with trademark grace and dignity”.
He will be remembered as a kind-hearted, giving, and caring man, partner, and a parent whose legacy of remarkable work has impacted the lives of so many over the years, it said. “He will be greatly missed by us, his family, and friends,” it said. “We are devastated,”
David Warner, who was born in 1941, had his stage debut in 1962 and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company the following year. In 1963, he was cast in his first film role in Tom Jones, which was based on Henry Fielding’s classic 1749 book The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.
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At the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, Warner received theatrical training. He began acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in April 1963, appearing in productions of Henry VI, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest. He made his film debut the same year in Tom Jones as the evil Blifil, and in 1965, he played Henry VI in the BBC adaptation of the RSC play The Wars of the Roses.
His acting debut was in “Tom Jones,” the 1963 best picture winner, with Albert Finney. He would make cameos in well-known movies like “The Sea Gull” by Sidney Lumet and “The Ballad of Cable Hogue” by Sam Peckinpah.
In the well-known horror film The Omen from the 1970s, Warner played a reporter who crosses paths with the devil and was, in a dramatic sequence, beheaded by a sheet of glass.
David Warner is most well-known for his part as Spicer Lovejoy, the evil sidekick of Billy Zane’s Cal Hockley, in James Cameron’s Titanic. In the iconic horror movie The Omen from 1976, he played photographer Keith Jennings. This performance is equally well-remembered. He also appeared in multiple Star Trek films as a variety of characters.
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For his portrayal of a Roman senator in the ABC miniseries Masada, which aired in 1981, Warner earned a Supporting Actor Emmy. His eclectic career covered theatre, film, and television.
The majority of moviegoers will surely recall his role as the evil Spicer Lovejoy, Caledon Hockley’s bodyguard in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster “Titanic,” which went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time and win numerous Oscars, including best picture.
Along with TV shows including Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, Doctor Who, and Twin Peaks, other film credits include Time Bandits (1981), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), The Man with Two Brains (1983), Tron (1982), and Time Bandits (1981). In the George C. Scott television rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, he played Bob Cratchit (1984).
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His most recent work includes the Mary Poppins Return reboot from Disney in 2018. Warner has been in a number of Star Trek projects as well.
Over the years, Warner was married twice: from 1981 to 2002 to Sheilah Kent and from 1969 to 1972 to Harriet Evans. His first wife Harriet Evans, son Luke, adored son Luke, beloved daughter-in-law Sarah, beloved companion Lisa Bowerman, and several gold dust pals are all left behind, according to his family.