David Warner, who portrayed villains in "Titanic" and "Tron," passes away at the age of 80.

 New: David Warner, who portrayed villains in "Titanic" and "Tron," passes away at the age of 80.

David Warner, who portrayed villains in "Titanic" and "Tron," passes away at the age of 80.

 David Warner, an English actor who expertly portrayed evil supporting roles in movies like "Titanic" and "Tron," passed away over the weekend. He was 80.


In a statement provided to CNN by his talent agency, Warner's family claimed that he passed away due to a "cancer-related ailment." His family noted that despite having been ill for 18 months, he "approached his diagnosis with a customary grace and dignity."

His career was fruitful and extended more than 50 years, producing everything from cherished animated programs to Oscar-winning horror films to a Disney musical. In a 2017 interview with the AV Club, he recognized that there wasn't a single film genre on which he hadn't made an impact.

"I've worked on military films, Westerns, and sci-fi projects. I mean, I wasn't in "Harry Potter," "Lord of the Rings," or "Game of Thrones," and I haven't been in any of those either "To the AV Club he spoke. "So there are those significant tasks that I haven't completed. But that's part of the show business, and I believe I've still done fairly well."

Shakespeare, horror, and a best picture winner are all represented in one career.

Following his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Warner started his stage career. He played the title roles in "Richard II" and "Hamlet" as well as other leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also starred with Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Diana Rigg in the 1968 movie version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Although he frequently portrayed Shakespearean heroes on stage, he frequently played the adversary in movies. He portrayed a power-hungry CEO in Disney's iconic science fiction film "Tron" who misrepresented Jeff Bridges' ideas as his own. In the movie "Titanic," he worked with Billy Zane's villain to keep the main couple apart as Spicer Lovejoy. And Warner played "Evil" in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" in all but name.

In some of his most enduring roles, Warner was cast as the supporting character. For example, in "The Omen," he played a photographer who was in danger from the demonic child Damien rather than the villain. Additionally, he had three appearances under the direction of Sam Peckinpah, including "Cross of Iron," an ensemble movie about World War II.


When he could, Warner acted in a TV adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" as Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge's sympathetic employee. He appeared as a Klingon in one of the two "Star Trek" movies in which he was an actor. In "Mary Poppins Returns," he plays the oddball military veteran Admiral Boom, who frequently shoots cannons to signal the passing of time.


He also provided the voice of Ra's al Ghul in "Batman: The Animated Series" and "The Amazing World of Gumball," among other animated series. He remarked that it was "wonderful pleasure" in 2017 to appear in "kids flicks," such as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II." He added that he has "the highest regard for the turtle suit actors."


Warner frequently had a casual attitude toward his legacy despite having a successful career. Warner claimed in the 2017 AV Club interview that he "drifted into the occasional school play" as a young man since he was "hopeless" in both academics and athletics.


He told the AV Club, "I'm the kind of performer where you go around, you do your best, and you see what happens.


Lin-Manuel Miranda, who co-starred with David Warner in "Mary Poppins Returns," shared a snapshot of the two together in David Warner's memory.


On Twitter, Miranda said she was "happy to have been able to show my love for David Warner's remarkable flexibility and career in our time together on set." What a life and legacy, my goodness.


Warner was remembered by the Royal Shakespeare Company as a "tortured student with his long orange scarf" when he performed Hamlet in 1965.


Gregory Doran, the company's creative director emeritus, remarked that David "seemed the embodiment of 1960s youth, and grasped the rebellious spirit of a stormy age." He had a nice heart, a lot of talent, and a generous mentality.


According to his family's statement, Warner is survived by his partner Lisa Bowerman, son Luke, and his "many gold dust buddies," among other people.


He will be remembered as a kind-hearted, generous, and compassionate man, partner, and father whose legacy of extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many over the years, according to his family. "He will be greatly missed by us, his family, and friends," they said.




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