actor David Warner, who portrayed villains and more, passes away at age 80

 New: actor David Warner, who portrayed villains and more, passes away at age 80

actor David Warner, who portrayed villains and more, passes away at age 80

For two years, the play was performed in repertory. Mr. Hall discussed Mr. Warner's performance in an interview with The Times in 2001.


The Hamlet, he recalled, "was most crucially the play that really did define the part throughout the '60s." "It was Hamlet for the younger generation. David's kindness and passivity fit in perfectly with the whole flower power thing. He was fantastic. Amazingly, Mr. Warner made his American theatrical debut at age 60 in a performance of George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" by the Roundabout Theater Company in New York, which served as the inspiration for that 2001 piece. Additionally, it was his first public appearance since 1972. He claimed that part of the reason he quit doing theatrical work was because he was afraid of performing live.


I'm not a man of the theater, you understand," he admitted to The Times in 2001. Not like McKellen, Jacobi, Ian Holm, and all the other people who have worked their way up from the bottom, whom I looked up to when I was just starting out.


Instead, Mr. Warner at that time had developed a reputation for seemingly never encountering a film or TV job he wouldn't accept, whereas Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, and Mr. Holm had become towering figures of the theater. He received an Emmy Award for his performance in the 1981 miniseries "Masada," which was about the Roman Empire's siege of the Masada citadel in Israel. His resume also included a brief appearance as a Klingon chancellor in the "Star Trek" series. He made light of that reputation by relating a chat he had with an old coworker, Mr. Holm, after they finished shooting a TV adaptation of "Uncle Vanya" in 1991. "What are you doing next?" I asked him. Warner spoke to The Times. "And Ian, who was always extremely picky, revealed he was working on the Jeremy Irons-starrer Kafka movie. So what are you doing, he asked after that. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" is what I said I was working on. On July 29, 1941, David Hattersley Warner was born in Manchester, England. He said in 1982 that his parents had never been wed and had "kept taking me from each other, so I roamed across England a lot."


He received his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and, according to the tale he related, fate had just handed him a seven-line part with an experimental theatrical company.


Peter Hall stopped by to see the performance, which was part of his job, the actor recalled. A year or so later, he received an invitation to try out for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which he did and was accepted into.


A British television play called "The Madhouse on Castle Street" gave him his first important television role around the same period. Another member of the cast, a little-known American folk singer named Bob Dylan, would soon become well-known. The program was only ever aired once, in the beginning of 1963, and the footage was never saved. One of Mr. Dylan's first renditions of "Blowin' in the Wind" is rumored to have been included.


In the same year, Mr. Warner was cast in "Tom Jones," where he played the (obviously) unattractive character Blifil. He further cemented his reputation in the film industry by playing the title part in the comedy-drama "Morgan!" in 1966.


In the 1960s, Mr. Warner played parts in the miniseries "The War of the Roses," in the 1970s, "Holocaust," in the 1980s, "Hold the Back Page," in the 1990s, and in the 2000s, "The Choir." In 1991, he appeared in the television series "Twin Peaks," and more recently, in "Wallander" and "Ripper Street."


His partner Lisa Bowerman and son Luke were listed as surviving in his family's statement.



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