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Death of David Warner, the actor with 200 roles, from The Mistress of the French Lieutenant to the Return of Mary Poppins


DISAPPEARANCE – The British actor, who worked with Sidney Lumet, Alain Resnais, Volker Schlöndorff, Joseph Losey or James Cameron, died on Sunday at the age of 80.

A prolific second role, David Warner has played in more than 200 films and series. He died on Sunday July 24 at the age of 80 following a long illness. His family confirmed the news to the BBC “with an extremely heavy heart”. “He will be sorely missed by his family and friends, and we will remember him as a kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man, partner and father, whose extraordinary professional legacy touched the lives of so many. over the years”, she told the BBC. Noted for his portrayal of Caledon Hockley’s valet in titanic he had also camped characters for The curse, The Planet of the Apes or one of his last roles, that of Admiral Bloom in Mary Poppins Returns in 2018.

From big to small screen

Born on July 29, 1941 in Manchester, David Warner started working very early, doing odd jobs without ever losing his passion for the theatre. He graduated at the age of 21 from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and played roles in the great classics of English theater throughout the 1960s. At the same time, he was spotted in castings for television and film productions, in particular adaptations of Shakespeare adapted by the BBC.

In 1966, he landed his first big role in the British comedy Morganwhere he forms an improbable couple with Vanessa Redgrave, he a penniless artist raised in communist ideals and her, his preppy wife who is trying to divorce to marry a fashionable gallery owner.

Launched, his film career is remarkable for its eclecticism. It is found on the poster of The Seagull, adapted by Sidney Lumet, from Providence directed by Alain Resnais, from Michael Kohlhaas, by Volker Schlöndorff, The Dollhouse by Joseph Losey, The French Lieutenant’s Wife by Karel Reisz, alongside Donald Sutherland in Disappearanceor Dustin Hoffman in straw dogs. His last appearance at the cinema dates from the release of Return of Mary Poppins in 2018. But David Warner has also appeared in many genre films, from horror (From beyond the grave, Bloody Island, Waxwork, Necronomicon, Scream…), to disaster movies (Airport 80 Concorde, Titanic…), via science fiction (Tron, Planet of the Apes, Ninja Turtles…). His Shakespearean diction even offers him two different roles in two films of the saga star trek.

In parallel with his filming with great directors in the cinema, he is very present on television, in historical series like The Wars of the Roses, Holocaust, Masada, Marco Polo. The British actor has also multiplied supporting roles in popular series such as The Remington Steele Mysteries, For the love of risk, Twin Peaks , Star Trek: The Next Generation, Arabesqueor Doctor Who .

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