Emmy-winning English actor David Warner, who played a key role in the seminal 1976 horror film ‘The Omen,’ as well as villains in ‘Time After Time,’ ‘Time Bandits,’ and ‘Tron,’ has died of cancer-related illness, according to ‘Variety.’ He was 80.
“Over the past 18 months, he approached his diagnosis with a characteristic grace and dignity,” the actor’s family told the BBC.
According to the family’s statement: “We, his family, and friends will miss him greatly, and he will be 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 devastated.”
In the landmark 1978 miniseries Holocaust,’ Warner was nominated for an Emmy for playing Reinhard Heydrich, a Nazi official who was a key architect of the Final Solution, and won an Emmy for playing the sadistic Roman political opportunist Pomponius Falco in the 1981 miniseries ‘Masada.’
In the 1985 telefilm ‘Hitler’s S.S.: Portrait in Evil,’ he reprised his role as Nazi Heydrich.
According to ‘Variety,’ the actor was among the large cast of James Cameron’s 1997 epic ‘Titanic,’ but was wasted “in the role of a thug-like butler.” He portrayed a simian senator in Tim Roth’s 2001 remake of ‘Planet of the Apes,’ and a doctor in the 2005 hit comedy ‘Ladies in Lavender,’ starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
Warner most recently appeared in Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns (2018) and ‘You, Me, and Him’ (2017), as well as Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ in 2014 as the ‘Dracula’ character Professor Abraham van Helsing.
The mid-1970s to mid-1980s were probably the pinnacle of Warner’s career, beginning with ‘The Omen,’ in which he played Jennings, the photographer who creates images on which the specific manner of death for the individuals depicted is superimposed.