David Warner

Biography

Date of Birth 29 July 1941, Manchester, England, UK Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) David Warner is an Emmy Award-winning English actor who is known for playing sinister or evil characters Warner was born in Manchester, England. He was born out of wedlock, frequently taken to be raised by each of his parents, eventually settling with his Russian Jewish[1] father, Herbert Simon Warner (a nursing home proprietor)[2] and his step-mother.[3] He was educated at Feldon School, Leamington Spa, and trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Warner made his professional stage debut at the Royal Court in January 1962, playing Snout, a minor role in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tony Richardson for the English Stage Company. In March 1962 at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry he played Conrad in Much Ado About Nothing, following which in June he appeared as Jim in Afore Night Come at the New Arts Theatre in London. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford on Avon in April 1963 to play Trinculo in The Tempest and Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar, and in July was cast as Henry VI and Edward IV in an adaptation of Henry VI, Parts I, II and III, which comprised the first two plays from The Wars of the Roses trilogy. At the Aldwych Theatre, London, in January 1964 he again played Henry VI in the complete The Wars of the Roses history cycle (1964). Returning to Stratford in April he performed the title role in Richard II), Mouldy in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry VI. At the Aldwych in October 1964 he was cast as Valentine Brose in Eh?. He first played the title role in Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in August 1965, transferring his acclaimed performance to the Aldwych the following December. In the 1966 Stratford season he revived his Hamlet and also played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Finally at the Aldwych in January 1970, he played Julian in Tiny Alice. According to his 2007 programme CV, Warner's other work for the theatre has included The Great Exhibition at Hampstead Theatre (February 1972); I, Claudius at the Queen's Theatre (July 1972); A Feast of Snails at the Lyric Theatre (February 2002); Where There's a Will at the Theatre Royal, Bath; King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre (in 2005, see details below); and also Major Barbara on Broadway. In 1963, he made his film debut in Tom Jones, and in 1965 starred as Henry VI in the BBC television version of the RSC's The Wars of the Roses cycle of Shakespeare's history plays. Another early television role came when he starred alongside Bob Dylan in the 1963 play The Madhouse on Castle Street. A major step in his career was the leading role in Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment (1966), which established his reputation for playing slightly off-the-wall characters. He also appeared opposite Gregory Peck in The Omen (1976) as the ill-fated photojournalist, Keith Jennings. Since then, he has often played villains, in films such as The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978), Time After Time (1979), Time Bandits (1981), Tron (1982), and television series such as Batman: The Animated Series playing "Ra's Al Ghul", the anti-mutant scientist Herbert Landon in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, as well as rogue agent Alpha in the animated Men in Black series and the Archmage in Disney's Gargoyles and finally The Lobe in Freakazoid. He was also cast against type as Henry Niles in Straw Dogs (1971) and as Bob Crachit in the 1984 telefilm of A Christmas Carol. In addition, he played Nazi war criminal Reinhard Heydrich in the movie Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil, and the television mini-series Holocaust. He has appeared in movies such as Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), Titanic (the third time he has appeared in a film about RMS Titanic), Scream 2, and more recently in independent television's adaptation of the Hornblower series (which starred Ioan Gruffudd, Warner's co-star on Titanic). He appeared in three episodes of the second series of Twin Peaks (1991). He also continues to play classical roles. In "Chain of Command", a 6th-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, he was a Cardassian interrogator. He based his portrayal on the evil "re-educator" from 1984. His less-spectacular roles included a double-role in the campy low-budget fantasy Quest of the Delta Knights (1993) which was eventually spoofed on Mystery Science Theater 3000. He also played Admiral Tolwyn in the movie version of Wing Commander. On the "nice guy" side, he played the charismatic Aldous Gajic in Grail, a first-season episode of Babylon 5 and Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He also portrayed the sympathetic character of Capt. Kiesel in Sam Peckinpah's Cross of Iron. In an episode of Lois & Clark he played Superman's deceased Kryptonian father Jor-El, who appeared to his son through holographic recordings. He also played the ambiguous "nice guy" Dr. Richard Madden in 1994's Necronomicon: Book of the Dead, who had to kill to sustain his life, but was a generally nice person. Warner has performed in many audio plays, starring in the Doctor Who "Unbound" play Sympathy for the Devil (2003) as an alternative version of the Doctor, and in a series of plays based on ITV's Sapphire & Steel as Steel, both for Big Finish Productions. He will reprise his incarnation of the Doctor in a sequel, The Dark Palace. He also guest starred in the BBC Radio 4 Sci-Fi comedy Nebulous (2005) as Professor Nebulous' arch-enemy Dr. Klench. In all these productions Warner has worked with writer and comedian Mark Gatiss of the League of Gentlemen, and plays a guest role in the League's 2005 feature film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse. He has also contributed voice acting to a number of computer games, most notably playing the villain Jon Irenicus in Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Morpheus in Fallout. He was also approached to reprise his role as Tron's Sark in the video game Kingdom Hearts II, but was unavailable (but his likeness was provided) and replaced by veteran voice actor Corey Burton. Warner also did voice work on the short-lived FOX animated show Toonsylvania as Dr. Vic Frankenstein. On the Cartoon Network animated television series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, David provided the voice of Nergal, a demonic creature from the Earth's core that is obsessed with making friends. He voiced the character until 2003, when he was replaced by Martin Jarvis. In May 2005 at the Chichester Festival Theatre Warner made a long overdue return to Shakespeare, playing the title role in Steven Pimlott's unsettling production of King Lear. Reviewing for The Times, Sam Marlowe praised his performance as "exasperating, piteous and, from the outset, terrifyingly fragile in both body and mind...a failed father, a toppled tyrant and, above all, disastrously, desperately human". On 30 October 2005, he appeared on stage at the Old Vic theatre in London in the one-night play Night Sky alongside Christopher Eccleston, Bruno Langley, Navin Chowdhry, Saffron Burrows and David Baddiel. In December 2006 he starred in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather on Sky One as Lord Downey. And in August 2007, as an RSC Honorary Artist, he returned to Stratford for the first time in over 40 years to play Sir John Falstaff in the Courtryard Theatre revival of Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2.

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Birth Name

David Hattersley Warner

Birth Place

Manchester, England, UK

Birth Date

7/29/1941

Death Date

7/24/2022
Known For
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TRON

Ed Dillinger / Sark / Master Control Program

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Professor Jordon Perry

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Straw Dogs

Henry Niles (uncredited)

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The Man with Two Brains

Dr. Alfred Necessiter

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In the Mouth of Madness

Dr. Wrenn

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The Company of Wolves

Father

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Time After Time

Stevenson

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The Island

John David Nau

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The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Reverend Joshua Douglas Sloan

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The Thirty-Nine Steps

Appleton

Starring In
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Mary Poppins Returns

Admiral Boom

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You, Me and Him

Michael Miller

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Before I Sleep

Eugene Devlin

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A Thousand Kisses Deep

Max

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Black Death

Abbot

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage)

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Christmas in Canaan

Luther Crackenthorpe 1 episode, 2004

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Bacon's Arena

Narrator (voice)

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Straight Into Darkness

Deacon

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The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse

Dr. Erasmus Pea

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Sweeney Todd

Sir John Fielding

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Ladies in Lavender

Dr. Francis Mead

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Cyber Wars

Joseph Lau

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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Sir Danvers Carew

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The Little Unicorn

Ted Regan

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Hornblower: Retribution

Capt. James Sawyer (HMS Renown)

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Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny

Capt. James Sawyer (HMS Renown)

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Planet of the Apes

Sandar

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The Code Conspiracy

Professor

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Masterpiece Theatre - The Cazalets

Philip Kerr (unknown episodes)

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Superstition

Judge Padovani

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In the Beginning

Eliezer

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Back to the Secret Garden

Dr. Snodgrass

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Cinderella

Martin

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Wing Commander

Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn

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Shergar

Garrity

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Total Recall 2070

Dr. Felix Latham (2 episodes, 1999)

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Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You

Narrator (voice)

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The Leading Man

Tod

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Houdini

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Last Leprechaun

Simpson

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Titanic

Spicer Lovejoy

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Scream 2

Drama Teacher Gus Gold

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Money Talks

Barclay

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Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin

The Narrator (voice)

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Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus

Lord Agon

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Rasputin

Dr. Botkin

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Final Equinox

Shilow

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Naked Souls

Everett Longstreet

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Ice Cream Man

Reverend Langley

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Danielle Steel's Zoya - Parts 1 & 2

Prince Vladimir

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In the Mouth of Madness

Dr. Wrenn

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Inner Sanctum II

Dr. Lamont

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Felony

Cooper

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Necronomicon: Book of Dead

Dr. Madden (part 2)

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Body Bags

Dr. Lock (segment "Hair")

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Wild Palms

Eli Levitt (5 episodes, 1993)

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Quest of the Delta Knights

Lord Vultare / Baydool / Narrator

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The Unnamable II

Chancellor Thayer

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Return to the Lost World

Professor Summerlee

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Chancellor Gorkon

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Cast a Deadly Spell

Amos Hackshaw

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Professor Jordon Perry

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Blue Tornado

Commander

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Spymaker

Adm. Godfrey

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

St. John Talbot

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Mortal Passions

Doctor Terrence Powers

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Grave Secrets

Dr. Carl Farnsworth

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Waxwork

Waxwork Man

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Office Party

Eugene Brackin

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My Best Friend's a Vampire

Professor Leopold McCarthy

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Desperado Ein Mann riskiert Kopf und Kragen

Ballard, Company Police Chief

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Hansel and Gretel

Father

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Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil

Reinhard Heydrich

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The Company of Wolves

Father

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A Christmas Carol

Bob Cratchit

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Frankenstein

Creature

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The Man with Two Brains

Dr. Alfred Necessiter

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TRON

Ed Dillinger / Sark / Master Control Program

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Marco Polo

Antonio 'Rustichello' Rustico (1 episode, 1982)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

Murphy

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Time Bandits

Evil Genius

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The Island

John David Nau

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Time After Time

Stevenson

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The Concorde ... Airport '79

Peter O'Neill

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Nightwing

Phillip Payne

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S.O.S. Titanic

Laurence Beesley

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The Thirty-Nine Steps

Appleton

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Silver Bears

Agha Firdausi

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Cross of Iron

Hauptmann (Capt.) Kiesel

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The Disappearance

Burbank

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Age of Innocence

Henry Buchanan

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Providence

Kevin Langham / Kevin Woodford

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The Omen

Jennings

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From Beyond the Grave

Edward Charlton (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher")

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A Doll's House

Torvald

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Straw Dogs

Henry Niles (uncredited)

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The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Reverend Joshua Douglas Sloan

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Perfect Friday

Lord Nicholas "Nick" Dorset

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Michael Kohlhaas - Kapinallinen

Michael Kohlhaas

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lysander

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The Fixer

Count Odoevsky

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The Sea Gull

Konstantin Treplev

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The Deadly Affair

Edward II (in "Edward II") (uncredited)

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Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment

Morgan Delt

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Tom Jones

Mr. Blifil

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We Joined the Navy

Sailor Painting Ship (uncredited)

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