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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 29, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Manchester, England, GB Profession: actor, book salesman

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Gangly British stage-trained actor David Warner entered film in the early 1960s and came to attention in the title role of Karel Reisz's eccentric drama, "Morgan!" (1966), playing an unbalanced artist driven to the edge by his divorce. He has worked for such distinguished directors as John Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet, Richard Donner, Joseph Losey, Alain Resnais and--on three occasions--Sam Peckinpah ("The Ballad of Cable Hogue" 1970; "Straw Dogs" 1971; and "Cross of Iron" 1977). While highly capable of sympathetic and even poignant roles, Warner has delivered many notable performances as villains, including Jack the Ripper to Malcolm McDowell's H.G. Wells in "Time After Time" (1979), the Evil Genius in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" (1983) and the sinister doctor in "Mr. North" (1988). Warner was a book salesman before training for the stage. He made his debut in the 1962 Royal Shakespeare Company production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as Snout and in 1965 and 1966 won over all critics by playing "Hamlet" in the afternoons and Andrew Aguecheek in "Twelfth Night" in the evenings at Stratford-upon-Avon. Warner's stage work tapered off in the 70s as film and TV roles began to take more of his time....

Gangly British stage-trained actor David Warner entered film in the early 1960s and came to attention in the title role of Karel Reisz's eccentric drama, "Morgan!" (1966), playing an unbalanced artist driven to the edge by his divorce. He has worked for such distinguished directors as John Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet, Richard Donner, Joseph Losey, Alain Resnais and--on three occasions--Sam Peckinpah ("The Ballad of Cable Hogue" 1970; "Straw Dogs" 1971; and "Cross of Iron" 1977). While highly capable of sympathetic and even poignant roles, Warner has delivered many notable performances as villains, including Jack the Ripper to Malcolm McDowell's H.G. Wells in "Time After Time" (1979), the Evil Genius in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" (1983) and the sinister doctor in "Mr. North" (1988).

Warner was a book salesman before training for the stage. He made his debut in the 1962 Royal Shakespeare Company production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as Snout and in 1965 and 1966 won over all critics by playing "Hamlet" in the afternoons and Andrew Aguecheek in "Twelfth Night" in the evenings at Stratford-upon-Avon. Warner's stage work tapered off in the 70s as film and TV roles began to take more of his time. He made his screen debut as the sleazy Blifil in Tony Richardson's raucous "Tom Jones" (1963), but it was "Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment/Morgan!" that made him a viable screen actor. He went on to give notable performances as Torvald opposite Jane Fonda's Nora in Joseph Losey's 1973 adaptation of "A Doll's House" (which played on American TV), and was chilling as Jack the Ripper transported to present-day San Francisco in "Time After Time" (1979). Warner's output in the 80s and 90s often included large-scale spectacle films, such as "Tron" (1982) and both "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989) and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991). In the latter two, he was the Klingon chancellor who says he wants to negotiate a peace. Warner even played the affable scientist who discovers the secret of the crime fighters in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" (1991).

Warner has compiled an extensive TV resume, gaining steam in the 70s with the British series "Clouds of Glory" and coming to the attention of American audiences as Reinhard Heydrich, the general in charge of the final solution, who promotes Michael Moriarty, in the NBC miniseries "Holocaust" (1978). In 1979, he was a bachelor who flirts with Susan Saint James and survives the demise of the "S.O.S. Titanic" (ABC), and in 1981, Warner won a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his work as a waspish Roman in the ABC miniseries "Masada". He was Bob Cratchit to George C. Scott's Scrooge in CBS' 1984 rendition of "A Christmas Carol" and again played Heydrich in "SS: Portrait in Evil" (NBC, 1985). Warner starred in the 1984 British series "Nancy Astor" (PBS) about the American socialite who came to Britain and stayed. In 1996, Warner was the scientist doing bizarre experiments in "Naked Souls" and Dr. Botkin who tends to "Rasputin", both for HBO.

1997 proved a banner year for Warner, who not only narrated "Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin", but also landed parts in "Scream 2" and, more significantly, James Cameron's blockbuster "Titanic". He portrayed drama teacher Gus Gold in the former and took on a villainous part in the latter that would have drawn hisses from an old-fashioned melodrama crowd, that of Cal Hockley's (Billy Zane) ruthlessly loyal valet Spice Lovejoy. Warner became a series regular, playing "The Man" who gives out assignments in The WB's "Three" (1998), a sort of "Mod Squad" for the 90s. He also appeared in "The Leading Man" (1997), starring Jon Bon Jovi.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Black Death (2011)
2.
 Shergar (2008) Garritty
3.
 Sweeney Todd (2006)
6.
 Ladies in Lavender (2005) Dr. Francis Mead
7.
 Bacon's Arena (2005)
8.
 Straight Into Darkness (2004) Orphanage Teacher
9.
 Kiss of Life (2003) Pap
10.
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Born illegitimate; parents had a tumultuous relationship; was frequently "kidnapped" by one parent or the other until he finally settled with his father and stepmother
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While a young teenager joined amateur dramatics company in Leamington Spa; two years later entered RADA
1961:
Founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company
1962:
Made stage debut as Snout in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in London
1963:
Film acting debut as Blifil in "Tom Jones"
1965:
Played "Hamlet" in the afternoons and Andrew Aguecheek in "Twelfth Night" in the evenings at the Royal Shakespeare Company
1966:
Gained prominence as title character of "Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment/Morgan!"
1967:
First film with Sidney Lumet, "The Deadly Affair"
1968:
Reteamed with Lumet for "The Sea Gull"
1968:
Appeared in John Frankenheimer's "The Fixer"
1970:
First of three collaborations with Sam Peckinpah, "The Ballad of Cable Hogue"
1970:
Injured both heels in a fall from a window in Rome; told by doctors he may never walk again
1971:
Co-starred in Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs"
1976:
Acted in Richard Donner's "The Omen"
1977:
Joined all-star cast (including Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud and Ellen Burstyn) for Alain Resnais' "Providence"
1977:
Starred in "Clouds of Glory" series for BBC
1978:
Played Reinhard Heydrich in NBC miniseries "Holocaust" (American TV debut)
1979:
Played stunning Jack the Ripper in "Time After Time"
1979:
Took first ride aboard the famous doomed ship in the ABC movie "S.O.S. Titantic", playing Laurence Beesley, the bachelor who flirts with Susan Saint James
1981:
Delivered Emmy-winning turn in the ABC miniseries "Masada"
1984:
Starred in TV series "Nancy Astor" (PBS)
1985:
Second turn as Heydrich in NBC movie "SS: Portrait in Evil"
1988:
Portrayed a Klingon chancellor anxious to negotiate a peace in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"
1991:
Reprised role as Klingon chancellor in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
1991:
Portrayed Vanya in David Mamet's adaptation of "Uncle Vanya", televised as part of PBS' "Great Performances"
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Provided the voice of 'The Lobe' for The WB animated series "Stephen Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!"
1996:
Co-starred in two made-for-HBO films, "Naked Souls" and "Rasputin"
1997:
Narrated "Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin"
1997:
Played drama teacher Gus Gold in "Scream 2"
1997:
Second time on the decks of the doomed luxury liner in James Cameron's "Titanic", portraying Billy Zane's ruthlessly loyal valet
1998:
Had regular role as 'The Man' who gives out assignments in The WB series "Three", a "Mod Squad" for the 1990s
1998:
Once again lent his voice to animation, this time for The WB series "Steven Spielberg Presents Toonsylvania"
2001:
Appeared as Captain Sawyer in the second set of episodes of "Horatio Hornblower" (A&E)
2001:
Had featured role in Tim Burton's new adaptation of "Planet of the Apes"
2001:
Made Broadway debut in revival of Shaw's "Major Barbara"
2002:
Returned to the London stage after more than three decades in "The Feast of Snails"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1959 - 1961

Notes

Regarding his infamous fall from a hotel window in Rome in 1970, David Warner told Maddy Costa of The Guardian (February 5, 2002): "People speculate: 'Drugged actor tries to kill himself, tries to fly'. But I wasn't drunk, drugged or trying to kill myself. Sam [Peckinpah] knew that. He wanted me to be in "Straw Dogs", he knew I was ill, and he said: 'Right, you'll get back in front of a camera.' He relaunched my confidence."

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Harriet Warner. Swedish; married in 1969; divorced c. 1972.
wife:
Sheilah Kent. American; met in 1979 when she worked as an assistant to producer Alan Carr; married c. 1980.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Herbert Simon Warner. Nursing home proprietor. Never married to Warner's mother; separated from her in the 1950s; deceased.
daughter:
Melissa Warner. Born c. 1981.

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