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According to the BBC, Warner passed away due to “a cancer-related illness,” and his family confirmed the report with an overwhelmingly heavy heart.

by Rory Lewis, glossy C-type colour print, 2013

David Warner, an actor who appeared in movies including The Omen and Tron, passed away at 80 from a cancer-related condition. The experienced actor’s multifaceted career on stage and television featured performances in Straw Dogs, Time Bandits, and Titanic, in addition to a renowned Hamlet for the RSC.

Film, theatre, television, and radio all had a part in Warner’s diverse career. On stage, he was considered the best Hamlet of his time. He subsequently went into film as a character actor, moving from British 1960s cinema to the sci-fi settings of Tron, Doctor Who, and Star Trek to James Cameron’s Titanic, where he portrayed the villainous enforcer Spicer Lovejoy.

Warner’s family stated to the BBC that he had dealt with his illness over the previous 18 months with his “typical grace and dignity.” “We, his family, and friends will all deeply mourn him. He will be remembered as a kind-hearted, kind, and caring man, partner, and parent whose outstanding work has impacted the lives of many others over the years. Our hearts are devastated”. His family said.

Acting as an escape.

David Warner as Master Control Program in Tron Photograph: Disney/Sportsphoto/Allstar

In movies like The Thirty Nine Steps (1978) and Time Bandits, Warner often portrayed the villain (1981).

Many may be familiar with his portrayal of photojournalist Keith Jennings, who suffered an unjust death in the spooky classic The Omen from 1976.

When asked whether he knew what had happened to his severed head during an appearance for a show on horror movies hosted by Mark Gatiss, Warner deadpanned: “I lost it in the divorce.”

Early in his career, the Mancunian’s work was recognized with a Bafta nomination for his starring role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in Karel Reisz’s 1966 film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment.

His depiction of Pomponius Falco in the television miniseries Masada led him to earn an Emmy in 1981 for best supporting actor in a miniseries or special.

Early in his career, the British actor who received his training at Rada was also well-known for his leading parts in Hamlet and Henry VI by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Warner made his first trip back to Stratford in more than 40 years in 2007 to perform as Sir John Falstaff in the Courtyard Theatre performance of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.

The actor said acting was “an escape from the messy and dysfunctional circumstances of his childhood”.

Warner said that a theatre instructor who later served as his mentor inspired him to pursue acting, saying that the alternative was to become a juvenile criminal.”

His devoted companion Lisa Bowerman, his adored son Luke and daughter-in-law Sarah, his dear friend Jane Spencer Prior, his first wife Harriet Evans, and his other gold dust buddies are his surviving family members.

To his family: To commemorate the dearly departed, we have only prayers and cherished memory. During these difficult times, may the love of family and friends provide you comfort. Please accept our deepest condolences. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.

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