Titanic and Omen actor David Warner dies at 80 LONDON — David Warner, a British actor whose roles ranged from Shakespearean tragedies to science fiction cult favorites, passed away recently. He was known for his versatility. He was 80.
According to his family, Warner passed away on Sunday at Denville Hall in London following a cancer-related illness. Denville Hall is a retirement home for entertainers in the city.
In the 1971 psychological thriller “Straw Dogs,” the 1976 horror classic “The Omen,” the 1979 time-travel adventure “Time After Time,” in which he played the role of Jack the Ripper, and the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic,” in which he played the malicious valet Spicer Lovejoy, Warner had roles. “Straw Dogs” was released in 1971, and “The Omen” was released in 1976.
Titanic and Omen actor David Warner dies at 80
Warner became a youthful star of the Royal Shakespeare Company after training at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and portraying roles including King Henry VI and King Richard II. Warner received his training in London. It is widely acknowledged that his performance in the title role of “Hamlet” for the company in 1965, which was directed by Peter Hall, was among the most impressive of his generation.
Warner’s Hamlet, which he portrayed as a troubled student, “seemed the embodiment of 1960s youth,” and “captured the radical spirit of a stormy period,” according to Gregor Doran, the creative director emeritus of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
Warner also played the role of Bottom in Hall’s 1968 adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which also starred Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren.
In spite of the widespread recognition he received for his work as a theater actor, Warner spent the majority of his career working in cinema and television.
For his performance as the titular character in Karel Reisz’s Swinging London tragicomedy “Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment,” which was released in 1966, he was considered for a nomination for a British Academy Film Award. Later on, he was awarded an Emmy for his performance as the Roman senator Pomponius Falco in the television miniseries “Masada,” which aired in 1981.
As a result of his roles in Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” the computer movie “Tron,” Tim Burton’s remake of “Planet of the Apes,” and the “Star Trek” franchise, in which he made multiple appearances in a variety of roles, he became a fan favorite among fans of science fiction. He had a fruitful career in film and television in both Britain and the United States.
After an absence on the stage of nearly three decades, Warner made his comeback to the stage in 2001 to portray the role of Andrew Undershaft in a Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw’s “Major Barbara.” In 2005, he was the star of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” at the Chichester Festival Theatre. In 2007, he went back to the Royal Shakespeare Company to portray Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s comedic characters.