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Over the weekend, English actor David Warner passed away. He was known for playing wicked supporting characters in films like “Titanic” and “Tron.” He was 80.
Warner’s family claimed he died from a “cancer-related condition” in a statement by his talent agency to CNN. His relatives reported that he had been ailing for 18 months and that he “approached his illness with a characteristic grace and dignity.”
Over the course of a successful and more than 50-year career, he created everything from beloved animated programs to Oscar-winning horror movies to a Disney musical. But in a 2017 interview with the AV Club, he acknowledged that he had had an impact on every film genre.
David Warner makes the best of three genre: Shakespeare, and best picture award
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, David Warner began his acting career on stage. Along with other prominent roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he performed the major roles in “Richard II” and “Hamlet.” In the 1968 motion picture adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” he co-starred with Diana Rigg, Judi Dench, and Helen Mirren.
Onstage, he typically portrayed Shakespearean heroes; nevertheless, in films, he frequently took on the role of the antagonist. In the classic science fiction movie “Tron” from Disney, he played a ruthless CEO who mistook Jeff Bridges’ concepts for his own. He played Spicer Lovejoy, the antagonist who collaborated with Billy Zane to keep the main couple apart in the movie “Titanic.” In Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” Warner virtually performed the role of “Evil.”
Some of Warner’s most enduring roles were those in which he played the supporting role. For instance, he played a photojournalist in “The Omen,” who was in danger from Damien, the demonic child, rather than the villain. In addition, he made appearances in three films under the direction of Sam Peckinpah, including the ensemble World War II film “Cross of Iron.”
Warner played Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge’s sympathetic employee, in a TV rendition of “A Christmas Carol” when he had the time. Then, he made a Klingon appearance in one of the two “Star Trek” films he was an actor in. The eccentric Admiral Boom, a former soldier who frequently fires cannons to mark the passage of time, is a character he portrays in “Mary Poppins Returns.”
In addition, he provided the voice of Ra’s al Ghul for several animated series, including “The Amazing World of Gumball” and “Batman: The Animated Series.” Performing in “kids flicks,” such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II,” was, according to him, a “great thrill” in 2017. The performer in a turtle suit has his “greatest regard,” he continued.
Despite having a prosperous career, Warner usually shown a careless attitude about his legacy. In the 2017 AV Club interview, Warner, for instance, stated that as a young man, he “drifted into the occasional school play” because he was “hopeless” in both academics and athletics.
In David Warner’s memory, Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted a photo of the two of them during their time as co-stars in “Mary Poppins Returns.”
When he acted Hamlet in 1965, Warner was described by the Royal Shakespeare Company as a “tortured student with his long orange scarf.”
Warner leaves behind his son Luke, his partner Lisa Bowerman, and his “many gold dust mates,” according to a statement from his family.
His family stated he will be greatly missed and remembered as a kind-hearted, kind, and compassionate guy, partner, and parent whose outstanding work has impacted many people’s lives over the years.