Death of David Warner: Titanic star dies aged 80 from cancer-related illness

Titanic and The Omen star dead at 80: David Warner dies of cancer-related illness

  • The actor played Spicer Lovejoy in the blockbuster and was also known for his roles in films such as The Omen, A Christmas Carol and Mary Poppins Returns.
  • His death was confirmed by his family in a statement in which they said he had been ill for a year and a half.
  • They said: “Over the past 18 months he has approached his diagnosis with characteristic grace and dignity. He will be sorely missed’
  • Trained at RADA, the actor’s screen career began in 1962 with roles in the films We Joined The Navy and The King’s Breakfast.
  • David moved from the UK to Hollywood in 1987 and lived there for 15 years, appearing in films such as 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.

Titanic actor David Warner has died aged 80 from cancer-related illnesses.

The actor played Spicer Lovejoy in the blockbuster and was also known for his roles in films such as The Omen, A Christmas Carol and Mary Poppins Returns.

His death was confirmed by his family in a statement to the BBC in which they said he had been ill for a year and a half.

Heartbreaking: Titanic actor David Warner dies aged 80 from cancer-related illness

They said: “Over the past 18 months he has approached his diagnosis with characteristic grace and dignity.

“He will be sorely missed by us and his family and friends, and we will remember him as a kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man, partner and father, whose legacy extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many people over the years. We are heartbroken.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the actor’s 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 lead role in Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment opposite Vanessa Redgrave.

Career: The actor played Spicer Lovejoy in the blockbuster (pictured in the 1997 film with co-star Billy Xane)

Career: The actor played Spicer Lovejoy in the blockbuster (pictured in the 1997 film with co-star Billy Xane)

Statement: His death was confirmed by his family in a statement in which they said he had been ill for a year and a half

Statement: His death was confirmed by his family in a statement in which they said he had been ill for a year and a half

The film helped establish his reputation for playing quirky characters.

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

David moved from the UK to Hollywood in 1987 and lived there for 15 years, appearing in films such as 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.

Illness: His death was confirmed by his family in a statement in which they said he had been ill for a year and a half (pictured performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1964)

Illness: His death was confirmed by his family in a statement in which they said he had been ill for a year and a half (pictured performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1964)

Roles: David left the UK for Hollywood in 1987 and lived there for 15 years, appearing in films such as Star Trek V and VI and Planet Of The Apes (shown in Star Trek V, 1989)

Roles: David left the UK for Hollywood in 1987 and lived there for 15 years, appearing in films such as Star Trek V and VI and Planet Of The Apes (shown in Star Trek V, 1989)

Success: Alongside his work in film and television, David had a successful theatrical career and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, playing the title roles in Henry VI, Richard II and Hamlet (pictured in 1984)

Success: Alongside his work in film and television, David had a successful theatrical career and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, playing the title roles in Henry VI, Richard II and Hamlet (pictured in 1984)

Alongside his work in film and television, David had a successful theatrical 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 radical student was not well received by critics, but appealed to younger audiences.

The actor once said: “When I was a kid and saw Shakespeare, I never heard the actors for all the postures and declamations,

“I thought kids today were probably the same as me, not wanting Shakespeare to shove their throats. I wanted to bring them back, of their own free will.

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

David's family said: 'We, his family and friends will be sorely missed, and will be remembered as a kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man, partner and father, whose legacy extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many people over the years.  '

David’s family said: ‘We, his family and friends will be sorely missed, and will be remembered as a kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man, partner and father, whose legacy extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many people over the years. ‘

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