‘Titanic’ and ‘The Omen’ actor David Warner dies at 80

Actor David Warner, a British veteran of the stage and screen known for his role in "Titanic," has passed away at the age of 80, his family said in a statement. File Photo by Joan Marcus/UPI

July 25 (UPI) — David Warner, a veteran British actor known for his roles in “Titanic,” “The Omen” and the “Star Trek” franchise, has died at the age of 80.

Warner’s family confirmed his death in a statement to the BBC, telling the publication that he had passed away Sunday in a nursing home following a battle with cancer.

“Over the past 18 months he approached his diagnosis with a characteristic grace and dignity,” the family said. “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,” the statement added.

Born in Manchester, U.K., in 1941, Warner began his career as a stage actor and became known for his work with the British theater troupe Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

He eventually branched out into film and television roles in the U.K. before journeying over to the United States.

Warner would eventually make a name for himself playing a variety of villainous characters.

This includes his standout role as Keith Jennings in “The Omen,” a 1976 supernatural film that helped spawn a horror franchise.

He is perhaps best known to American audiences, though, for his role in 1997’s mega-blockbuster “Titanic.” Warner played Spicer Lovejoy, a sidekick to the film’s main antagonist, Cal Hockley.

Warner had previously boarded the ill-fated ocean liner in a 1979 miniseries called “S.O.S. Titanic,” portraying one of the ship’s survivors.

The actor was also known for his roles in science-fiction pieces.

He was a longtime standout in the “Star Trek” saga, appearing in three of the franchise’s films along with a short role on the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Warner would garner critical acclaim throughout his career, and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for his work alongside Peter O’Toole in 1981’s “Masada.”

Tributes poured in Monday following news of the actor’s death.

“I’m very sad to hear the news that David Warner has died,” said Gregory Doran, artistic director emeritus of the RSC. “He was a generous spirit, a kind man, and a huge talent.”

Director Edgar Wright tweeted that Warner was “an actor with a huge legacy on stage & screen and unforgettable roles.”


Actor and filmmaker Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted that he was “glad to have been able to express my admiration for David Warner’s incredible versatility and career in our time together on set.”


“What a life and legacy,” Miranda added.


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