Veteran British actor and Titanic star, David Warner dies aged 80 following cancer-related illness

David Warner, a veteran British actor and Titanic celebrity, passed away at the age of 80 from a cancer-related illness.

His family announced his passing to the BBC in a statement, stating that he had been ill for the previous 18 months.

They said: “Over the last 18 months, Michael has handled his diagnosis with his customary dignity and grace.”

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. He will be greatly missed by us, his family, and friends. We are devastated.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the actor’s on-screen career began in 1962 with roles in the films We Joined The Navy and The King’s Breakfast.

His career received a major boost in 1966 when he took on the leading role in Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment opposite Vanessa Redgrave.

The film helped to establish his reputation for playing off-the-wall characters. 

One of his best known roles was as Keith Jennings in the classic horror film The Omen, released in 1976. 

David left the UK for Hollywood in 1987 and lived there for 15 years, appearing in films including Star Trek V and VI and Planet Of The Apes. 

More recent appearances include the 2017 romantic comedy You Me And Him and his final role as Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins Returns the following year.

Along with his film and TV work, David had a successful theatre career and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, playing the title roles in Henry VI, Richard II and Hamlet. 

His portrayal of the Danish prince as a student radical didn’t go down well with critics but struck a nerve with younger audiences.

According to the BBC, the actor is survived by ‘his beloved partner Lisa Bowerman, his much-loved son Luke and daughter-in-law Sarah, his good friend Jane Spencer Prior, his first wife Harriet Evans and his many gold dust friends.’

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