Sad news has just come in as veteran actor David Warner has reportedly passed away. Warner, whose lengthy career included memorable roles in iconic movies like The Omen and Titanic, died at the age of 80 on Sunday at a car home after battling a cancer-related illness. His death was confirmed by his family with a statement provided to BBC News, which you can read below.
“Over the past 18 months he approached his diagnosis with a characteristic grace and dignity. He will be missed hugely by us, his family and friends, and 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. We are heartbroken.”
Born on July 29, 1941, Warner had been appearing in movies since the early 1960s. His breakout role was with a BAFTA-nominated performance in 1966’s Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. Horror fans especially appreciate Warner for his role in the classic horror film The Omen, which was released in 1976. He has also appeared in many other genre films like Ice Cream Man, In the Mouth of Madness, and Scream 2. One of his most famous roles is that of Billy Zane’s sidekick Spicer Lovejoy in 1997’s Titanic, one of the most successful movies of all time.
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Warner’s final movie role was as Admiral Boom in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns and he provided the voice of The Lobe in a 2020 episode of Teen Titans Go!. His other movie roles include Straw Dogs, Time Bandits, Tron, Star Trek V and VI, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Planet of the Apes, and Avatar. Along with playing Bob Cratchit in a 1984 TV movie adaptation of A Christmas Carol, his many, many TV roles include appearances in Remington Steele, Hart to Hart, Murder, She Wrote, Twin Peaks, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tales from the Crypt, Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man, Wallander, Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful, and The Alienist.
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David Warner had garnered great respect from his peers in show business, and the news of his passing has many actors, filmmakers, and other Hollywood names in mourning. Joining many fans posting messages of respect, Baby Driver and Last Night in Soho director Edgar Wright was quick to pay tribute, posting about Warner’s “huge legacy” and naming some of his favorite roles.
Warner is survived by “his beloved partner Lisa Bowerman, his much-loved son Luke and daughter-in-law Sarah, his good friend Jane Spencer Prior, his first wife Harriet Evans, and his many gold dust friends.” Our condolences go out to those mourning at this painful time. Rest in peace, David Warner.