David Warner, who played villains in ‘Titanic’ and ‘Tron,’ dies at 80

He was a great villain in films like Titanic and Tron. David Warner, an English actor, died last weekend. He was 80 years old.

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According to a statement provided to CNN by Warner’s talent agency, he died of a “cancer-related ailment.” It was 18 months since he was first diagnosed, and he handled it “with a remarkable grace and dignity.”
His career spanned more than 50 years and included everything from horror classics to Oscar wins to cherished animated programs and a Disney musical. He was a prolific filmmaker who made countless films. In a 2017 interview with the AV Club, he said that he had an impact on almost every genre of film.

“I’ve made war films, Westerns, and sci-fi films in my career. So, I can’t say I was in “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings,” or “Game of Thrones.” “he revealed this to the AV Club in an interview. “So, there are some of the more significant tasks that remain uncompleted. But that’s just the nature of the business, and I think I’ve done fine.”


Shakespeare, horror, and a Best Picture nomination are all part of this director’s resume.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Warner made his stage debut. With the Royal Shakespeare Company, he appeared in various performances, including “Richard II,” “Hamlet,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Actors Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Diana Rigg starred in the 1968 film adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with him.

Though he was frequently portrayed as a Shakespearean hero on stage, he was frequently cast as a villain in films. A power-hungry CEO in Disney’s famous sci-fi film “Tron” played by him passed off Jeff Bridges’ concepts as his own. In “Titanic,” he played the delightfully named Spicer Lovejoy, a conspirator with Billy Zane’s adversary to keep the principal lovebirds apart. Similarly, Warner played “Evil” in Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits.”

“Titanic’s” Spicer Lovejoy, played by David Warner, was a mean-spirited sidekick to Billy Zane’s Caldeon Hockley.


In “The Omen,” Warner played a photojournalist who is threatened by the demonic infant Damien, rather than the villain. This was one of Warner’s most enduring portrayals. Also, he appeared in three films directed by Sam Peckinpah, including “Cross of Iron,” a World War II ensemble movie.

On television, Warner played Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge’s empathetic employee, in an episode of “A Christmas Carol” that he could. He appeared as a Klingon in one of two “Star Trek” films. In “Mary Poppins Returns,” he played the eccentric old admiral Admiral Boom, who fired cannons to mark the passing of time on a regular basis.

He also provided the voice of Ra’s al Ghul for “Batman: The Animated Series” and “The Amazing World of Gumball.” In 2017 he said he had “wonderful joy” acting in “kids flicks,” such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II.” His “utmost admiration for actors in turtle suits” was also noted.


In spite of a long and successful career, Warner viewed his legacy as lighter. Warner said to the AV Club in 2017 that he “drifted into the occasional school play” since he was “hopeless” academically and athletically as a teenager.

“I’m the kind of performer who goes around, does his best, and sees what happens,” he said to the AV Club.

David Warner had a flashback.


For his part in “Mary Poppins Returns,” Lin-Manuel Miranda released a snapshot of the two on Instagram.

It was a pleasure working with David Warner on set, and I’m grateful to have been able to convey my admiration for his remarkable range and career.” “Wow, what a life and a legacy.” “Oh my gosh.”

The Royal Shakespeare Company remembers Warner as a “tortured student with his long orange scarf” when he played Hamlet in 1965.
Gregory Doran, the company’s creative director emeritus, observed that “David seemed the pinnacle of 1960s youth, and grasped the rebellious spirit of a stormy age.” To sum it up, “He was generous in heart, a decent human being, and an enormous skill.”


Among the mourners were his partner Lisa Bowerman, son Luke, and “many gold dust pals,” according to a statement from Warner’s relatives.

As the family stated in a statement: “He will be much missed by us, his family and friends; he will be remembered as a generous, kind and caring man, a partner and parent whose legacy of exceptional work has impacted the lives of so many.”




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