Actor David Warner, who starred in films like Titanic, The Omen and the Star Trek series, has died at the age of 80 from a cancer-related illness, his family has announced.
On screen, he played Billy Zane’s servant and bodyguard, Spicer Lovejoy, in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic and is also well known for his roles as photographer Keith Jennings in the horror film of the year. 1976 The Omen.
Warner died Sunday at Denville Hall, a care home for people in the entertainment industry.
A statement from his family said: “He will be greatly missed by us, his family and friends, and will be missed as a good man, partner and father. generous, generous and compassionate, whose legacy of extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many. years. We are very sad.
“He is survived by his dear life partner Lisa Bowerman, his very beloved son Luke and his daughter-in-law Sarah, his good friend Jane Spencer Prior, his first wife. him Harriet Evans and many of his golden dust friends.”
Born in Manchester in June 1941 and trained at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, Warner took his first steps into acting by enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) in London.
It was his role in the 1966 film Morgan: A Case Fit for Treatment, in which he co-starred alongside Dame Vanessa Redgrave, that earned him a Bafta Award nomination for a lead actor.
His role in the 1980s series Masada, which preceded Peter O’Toole and saw Warner play Roman politician Pomponius Falco, earned him an Emmy.
After his success, Warner suffered from chronic stage fright caused by psoriasis, and prioritized TV series and movies over theater.
But in 2001, he returned to the stage after nearly 30 years to play Andrew Undershaft in George Bernard Shaw’s reformed Broadway production of Major Barbara.
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In 2014, he was one of the cast members of BBC Radio 4’s The Once And Future King, a series based on and adapted from playwright Brian Sibley’s TH White collection of fantasy novels.
Warner played Merlyn and told the BBC at the time: “Well, if you were asked to play Merlyn on radio for the BBC, I certainly wouldn’t say no.
“It’s just a great character. But the great bonus is with sound… each individual can picture himself, that’s the magic of radio. “
In later years, he starred in the films You, Me And Him and also featured in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns as retired naval officer Admiral Boom, who was portrayed by Reginald Owen in original movie.
Warner also has an extensive list of theater credits, having been part of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) that saw him star in productions of The Tempest, Julius Caesar and Henry VI.
He is survived by his partner Lisa Bowerman, his son Luke, and his daughter-in-law Sarah.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/the-omen-and-titanic-actor-david-warner-dies-age-80-41865334.html The Omen and Titanic actor David Warner dies aged 80