David Warner, a talented British actor who played roles in sci-fi cult classics as well as tragedies by Shakespeare, has passed away. He was 80. Warner’s family reported that he passed away on Sunday at Denville Hall, a retirement residence for entertainers in London, from a cancer-related illness.
Portrayal of Hamlet was one of the best performances of his generation
David Warner, a youthful star of the Royal Shakespeare Company who received his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has played parts such as King Henry VI and King Richard II. Portrayal of Hamlet in the company’s 1965 production, which was directed by Peter Hall was one of the best performances of his generation. Warner’s Hamlet, who was portrayed as a troubled student, “seemed the embodiment of 1960’s youth, and caught the radical spirit of a turbulent age,” according to Gregor Doran.
Despite his success as a theatrical actor, Warner spent many years preferring film and TV work due to his persistent stage fear.
For the title character in Karel Reisz’s 1966 film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, a Swinging London tragicomedy, he received a British Academy Film Award nomination. For his performance as Roman politician Pomponius Falco in the 1981 TV miniseries Masada, he later received an Emmy nomination.
David Warner had a successful career in both film and television
He had a successful career in both film and television in both Britain and the United States, and he won the hearts of sci-fi fans for his roles in Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes, Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits, Tron, and the Star Trek series, where he made several appearances in various roles.
Warner made his theatrical comeback in 2001, almost three decades after his last performance, to play Andrew Undershaft in the Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara. He made his Chichester Festival Theatre debut in Shakespeare’s King Lear in 2005, and he later made a comeback there in 2007 to play Shakespeare’s comedic clown Falstaff.
In the 2018 movie Mary Poppins Returns, he played the retired navy officer Admiral Boom in one of his final acting performances.
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