Beloved Acting Icon David Warner, Dead at 80

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Beloved Acting Icon David Warner, Dead at 80: David Warner, a British acting legend whose appearances in a variety of genres are so numerous that it is nearly impossible to count them all, passed away yesterday at the age of 80. According to the BBC, he went away as a result of an ailment related to cancer.

David Warner got his start on stage before transitioning into the film industry when he was a young man and enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He rose to prominence very rapidly as a character actor and went on to perform in a wide variety of genre films. At the time of his death, he was credited for more than 200 different performing jobs.

Because of his towering height of six feet and two inches, he is primarily renowned for playing villains in films. Fans of the genre are likely familiar with Warner’s performances in the Star Trek movies The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country, in which he played the characters of St. John Talbot and Chancellor Gorkon, respectively. In addition, Warner became a Trek guest star classic after appearing in the infamous TNG two-parter “Chain of Command.” In this episode, he played the Cardassian interrogator Gul Madred in a tense confrontation with Jean-Luc Picard. This episode is considered to be one of the best in the series’ history.

Other famous Warner performances include Jack the Ripper in Time After Time, Evil in Time Bandits, and Senator Sandar in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. These roles span a variety of genres, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secrets of the Ooze, Time After Time, and Evil in Time Bandits. In addition, he had starring roles in a number of horror films, such as the cult classic Waxwork, From Beyond the Grave, and, perhaps most notably, The Omen (1978), in which he played the character of photojournalist Keith Jennings and earned respect from critics looking back on the film.

More recently, Warner made notable steps into the world of voice-over work. He voiced characters in Teen Titans Go! and The Amazing World of Gumball, as well as in Doctor Who: Unbound for Big Finish, where he played an alternate incarnation of the Doctor across several series of audio dramas. These are just a few of the notable steps that Warner has made into the world of voice-over work.

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