Titanic actor David Warner passes away at 80 due to cancer-related illness

David Warner
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Veteran British actor David Warner who played multiple roles ranging from sci-fi cult classics to Shakespearean tragedies, has left for his heavenly abode at the age of 80. The late actor’s family members have confirmed that his death happened due to a cancer-related illness this Sunday at Denville Hall. For the unversed, it is a retirement home for entertainers in London, UK.

David Warner’s achievements

David Warner played major roles in psychological thrillers like Straw Dogs (1971), The Omen (1976), Time After Time (1979), and Titanic (1997). The late actor was mostly cast as a villain in many movies. For the unversed, he played the valet Spicer Lovejoy in the 1997 blockbuster hit Titanic.

Early Life

For the unversed, David Warner was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He was one of the young stars at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he played major roles like King Richard II and King Henry VI. One of his finest performances was in the 1965 drama Hamlet, directed by Peter Hall, in which he played the titular role.


Lin-Manuel Miranda is said to be deeply saddened by the loss and paid tribute to the late actor on social media. Here is what he wrote, “So glad to have been able to express my admiration for David Warner’s incredible versatility and career in our time together on set. My goodness, what a life and legacy.”

David Warner’s family also released a statement about his legacy and said, “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.”

Meanwhile, Katy Manning wrote on Twitter, “deeply saddened to hear that marvellous #DavidWarner has gone on his awfully big adventure a truly magnificent actor & funny gentle man . leaving us all a huge legacy of incredible work my goes out to his family & to longtime partner @TheLisaBowerman.”

On the other hand, Malcolm McDowell wrote, “David was a unique actor, one of the very best of his generation. His portrayal of Jack the Ripper in Time After Time was magnificent. He was an old friend and I will miss him greatly.”


David Warner was also featured in the 1968 film titled Midsummer’s Night Dream opposite Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren. The late actor mostly preferred working in films and TV shows for many years owing to his chronic stage fright. He was nominated for multiple prestigious awards like the British Academy Film Award for the titular role in the film Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment in 1966. He also won an Emmy Award for his role as the Roman politician Pomponius Falco in the miniseries Masada in 1981.