Stage and screen actor David Warner, known for dozens of roles across multiple genres and decades, has died at the age of 80, his family confirmed Monday.
Warner’s relatives shared the news in a statement obtained by CBS News, and originally reported by the BBC, which said he had died more than a year after his diagnosis of cancer and health concerns related to the disease. due to complications. He died on Sunday at Danville Hall, a retirement and care home in London where many British actors and entertainment industry figures have lived.
His family said, “It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news of the death of actor David Warner (approximately 81 years of age) from a cancer-related illness in the early hours of July 24.” The statement, which described Warner as “a respected stage, television, voice and film actor”, whose career included “era-defining” theatrical pursuits in addition to screen appearances, for which he was widely recognized. Is.
“Over the past 18 months he has approached his diagnosis with a distinctive grace and dignity,” the statement continued. “He will be greatly missed by us, his family and friends, and will be remembered as a kind, generous and compassionate man, companion and father, whose legacy of extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many over the years. We’re heartbroken.”
Fans mourned and celebrated Warner’s life and legacy on social media Monday morning and afternoon. The tribute online was shared by his partner, actor Lisa Bowerman, who retweeted reports about his death from the BBC and The Guardian. message For the loss of his own bereavement.
“Goodnight my sweet prince,” she wrote. “Flights of the Angels… Heartbroken.”
Born in Manchester, England, in 1941, Warner would have celebrated his 81st birthday this weekend. His resume spans nearly 60 years and has hundreds of credits for popular television series, films, and West End stage productions, as well as a handful of coveted accolades, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series. He received the award for his performance in the 1981 television miniseries “Masada”.
After training at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Warner began his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early 60s, landing a nominal part in the production of its “Hamlet” and other classic plays. After his lead performance in the 1966 comedy “Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment,” he quickly gained international recognition, winning critical acclaim and a coveted BAFTA nomination, and later “Tron,” “Time Bandits.” He got starring roles in films like “and” omen.
Warner is perhaps best remembered for playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic” and as a recurring face in several chapters of the original “Star Trek” film franchise. He also appeared in several episodes of the ’90s hit “Twin Peaks” and was a mainstay in various “Doctor Who” audio series before debuting in a 2013 guest spot on the beloved sci-fi television show. Warner’s final role was in the 2018 film “Mary Poppins Returns”, where she starred alongside Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.
Warner’s family noted that his son Luke Warner, daughter-in-law Sarah and ex-wife, Harriet Evans, are survived in addition to Bowerman and “many of his gold dust friends”.