David Warner, an actor who appeared in movies like The Omen, Titanic, and Tron, has passed away.
He died at the age of 80 from a cancer-related illness, at Denville Hall, a retirement home for entertainers in London.
The actor was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Shakespearean dramas to sci-fi cult blockbusters were among the roles the adaptable British actor played. Warner worked on more than 100 films over the span of his 60-year career.
Often cast as a villain, Mr. David Warner had roles in the 1971 psychological thriller “Straw Dogs,” the 1976 horror classic “The Omen,” the 1979 time-travel adventure “Time After Time” — he was Jack the Ripper — and the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic,” where he played the malicious valet Spicer Lovejoy.
He won an Emmy for his role as Roman politician Pomponius Falco in the 1981 TV miniseries “Masada.”
According to his family, they were breaking the news “extremely heavy heart” on announcing the news. “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,” read a statement provided to USA TODAY by Julian Belfrage Associates, his agency.
The actor once called his family and upbringing “dysfunctional” and “messy”; additionally performing was “a means of escape” for him.
Warner also said he had a teacher who became his mentor and encouraged his interest in drama. Furthermore, he stated that it was a choice between acting or “being a juvenile delinquent”.
He is 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”.