David Warner, the stage and screen actor known for dozens of roles spanning 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 noted that his death came more than a year after a cancer diagnosis and was caused by health complications related to the disease. She died on Sunday at Denville Hall, a London care and retirement home where a number of British actors and entertainment industry figures have stayed.
“It is with overwhelming pain in our hearts that we share the news of the death of actor David Warner (at the age of almost 81), from a cancer-related illness, in the early hours of July 24,” his family said. in the statement, which described Warner as a “highly respected stage, television, voice and film actor” whose career included “era-defining” stage pursuits in addition to the screen performances for which he is widely recognized.
“Over the past 18 months, he has approached his diagnosis with characteristic grace and dignity,” the statement continues. “We, his family and friends will miss him greatly, remembering him 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.” .”
Fans mourned and celebrated Warner’s life and legacy on social media throughout Monday morning and into the afternoon. Among the online tributes was one shared by his partner, actress Lisa Bowerman, who retweeted reports of his death from the BBC and The Guardian next to a message of his own mourning for the loss.
“Good night my sweet prince,” he wrote. “May flights of angels… Heartbroken.”
Born in Manchester, England, in 1941, Warner would have celebrated his 81st birthday later this week. His resume stretches back nearly 60 years and boasts hundreds of credits for popular television series, movies and West End stage productions, plus a handful of prestigious accolades, including the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries. 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 1960s, landing the title role in their production of “Hamlet” and other classic plays. He quickly gained international recognition, after his starring performance in the 1966 comedy “Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment” garnered critical acclaim and a coveted BAFTA nomination, and he went on to land leading roles in such films as “Tron,” “Time Bandits”. and “The Omen”.
Warner is probably best remembered for playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic” and as a recurring face in several episodes of the original “Star Trek” film franchise. He also appeared in several episodes of the ’90s hit “Twin Peaks” and was a mainstay in several “Doctor Who” audio series before making his guest debut in 2013 on the beloved sci-fi TV show. Warner’s last role was in the 2018 film “Mary Poppins Returns,” where he starred opposite Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.
Warner’s family said he is survived by his son, Luke Warner, his daughter-in-law Sarah and his ex-wife, Harriet Evans, as well as Bowerman and “his many gold dust friends.”