‘Titanic’ and ‘The Omen’ Actor David Warner Dies at 80

Actor David Warner died from a cancer-related illness on Sunday in London.

Warner’s family said he died from a cancer-related illness on Sunday at Denville Hall, a retirement home for entertainers in London.

“Over the past 18 months, he approached his diagnosis with a characteristic grace and dignity. 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. We are heartbroken,” Warner’s family said in a statement to BBC.

Warner, a versatile British actor who played characters ranging from Shakespearean tragedies to sci-fi cult classics, was often cast as a villain in films such as the 1979 time-travel adventure “Time After Time” in which he played Jack the Ripper and the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” in which he played Spicer Lovejoy.

Gregory Doran, artistic director emeritus of the RSC, paid tribute to Warner in a statement.

“I’m very sad to hear the news that David Warner has died. David’s most iconic role for the RSC was as Hamlet in 1965, directed by Peter Hall, with Glenda Jackson as Ophelia, and Elizabeth Spriggs as Gertrude, with Brewster Mason as Claudius and the Ghost. A tortured student, in his long orange scarf, David seemed the epitome of 1960s youth and caught the radical spirit of a turbulent age. He was a generous spirit, a kind man, and a huge talent,” Doran said. 

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