A British actor who became an American Hollywood icon, David Warner, has passed away at the age of 80, Fox News reported.
Warner, arguably best known for his roles in “The Omen,” “TRON,” and “Titanic,” reportedly died due to a “cancer-related illness” on Sunday.
“Heartbroken” announcement from the family
“Over the past 18 months he approached his diagnosis with a characteristic grace and dignity,” Warner’s family said in a statement to the BBC, which reported that Warner had been living in a special care home for those in the entertainment industry at the time of his death.
“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 continued.
The statement added that Warner was 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.”
Theater and movies and TV shows and voice-over work
Warner had been born in Manchester, England, as part of a “dysfunctional” and “messy” family, according to the BBC, and had, at the urging of a teacher-turned-mentor, pursued acting and drama as a “means of escape” from his rough childhood and a realization that he could become an actor or a “juvenile delinquent.”
According to Variety, Warner received theatrical training at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and, in the early 1960s, participated in numerous theatrical performances with the Royal Court Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company — and several decades later, even performed on Broadway in America.
In addition to his rather extensive theater work over the years that pleased fans of dramas and musicals, Warner is perhaps better known for his voluminous appearances and voice-over work in hundreds of movies, TV shows, animated series, and video games, more often than not playing the role of a bad guy or evil villain.
In fact, according to his IMDb page, Warner had at least 228 acting credits to his name, not counting his theater work.
Further, IMDb noted that Warner won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Roman politician Pomponius Falco in the 1981 TV miniseries “Masada,” and was nominated for nine other prestigious awards throughout his career.
Missed but not forgotten
Fans of Warner’s work will undoubtedly join his family and personal friends in grieving his loss to a cancer-related illness.
However, his legacy will also live on in film and video and the memories of those who watched the talented British actor perform over the decades.