R I P David Warner

RIP David Warner – Dark Horizons

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Iconic veteran British actor David Warner has died aged 80, with The BBC reporting that a “cancer-related illness” was the cause of death.

Warner’s varied career spanned movies, TV, radio and stage where he first broke through working first for the Royal Court Theater followed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

From there he became a staple reliable actor on screen playing both villains and romantic leads after breaking through with a BAFTA-nominated performance for “Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment”. Though good at playing bad, he was known to be very warm and compassionate off screen.

Genre fans will be quite familiar with his long list of credits. He was the photographer in “The Omen,” Evil in Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” the MCP & Sark in “TRON,” Jack the Ripper in “Time After Time,” Dr. Wrenn in “In the Mouth of Madness,” enforcer Spicer Lovejoy in James Cameron’s “Titanic,” and Admiral Tolwyn in the “Wing Commander” movie.

Other film credits “Tom Jones,” “Straw Dogs,” “The Thirty Nine Steps,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “The Man with Two Brains,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,” “ Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny,” “Scream 2,” Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes,” “Black Death” and “Before I Sleep.”

Warner was a recurring “Star Trek” player – having key roles as diplomat St. John Talbot in “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” then the more important role of Klingon Chancellor Gorkon in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”. He returned for the “Chain of Command” two-parter on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” which was essentially a two-person chamber piece between a Cardassian torturer (Warner) and the imprisoned Picard (Patrick Stewart) – resulting in one of the franchise’s most acclaimed episodes.

His TV work was extensive as well where he’ll always be remembered as the voice of Ra’s al Ghul in “Batman: The Animated Series”. He won an Emmy for his work in “Masada,” and nominated for his work in “Holocaust.” He was the senile father of Kenneth Branagh’s “Wallander,” the cruel Captain James Sawyer in “Hornblower,” the sinister Thomas Eckhardt in “Twin Peaks,” the voice of Jor-El in “Superman: The Animated Series,” the Archmage in “Gargoyles,” Dr. Frankenstein in “Toonsylvania” and many more.

In the audio drama field he was familiar to “Doctor Who” fans as the voice of the ‘Unbound’ alternate incarnation of The Doctor in several adventures. He also slowed his voice to video games including “Star Wars: Force Commander,” “Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn,” “Descent 3” and the original “Fallout”.

Source: The Guardian

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