Omen, death of Titanic actor David Warner

Actor David Warner, who starred in films including Titanic, The Omen and Star Trek, has died at the age of 80, according to his family.

On screen, he played Billy Zane’s butler and bodyguard, Spicer Lovejoy, in James Cameron’s famous 1997 film Titanic, and also gained prominence in roles as photographer Keith Jennings in the 1976 horror film Omen.

Warner died of a cancer-related illness Sunday at Denville Hall, a nursing home for those who work in the entertainment industry.

Born in Manchester in 1941 and educated at Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, Warner took his first steps in acting by enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

It was his role in the 1966 film Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment, which he starred alongside Dame Vanessa Redgrave, which earned him a BAFTA Lead Actor nomination.

His role on the 1980s miniseries Masada, which fronted Peter O’Toole and saw Warner as Roman politician Pomponius Falco, earned him an Emmy Award.

Amid his success, Warner suffered from a chronic fear of the stage due to the psoriasis skin condition, and prioritized his television and movie parts on stage.

But in 2001, he returned to the stage after nearly 30 years to play Andrew Under Shaft in the Broadway revival of pioneer Barbara George Bernard Shaw.

In later years he starred in the films You, Me And Him and also appeared in the 2018 film Mary Poppins Returns as retired naval officer Admiral Bohm, which was portrayed by Reginald Owen in the original film.

Warner also had an extensive list of theatrical credits, having been part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, starring in productions of The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Henry VI.

He is survived by his partner Lisa Bowerman, son Luke, and daughter-in-law Sarah.


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