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Cinema & The Arts as Sermons: The Acting Career of Actor David Warner (1941-2022)

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

The Acting Career of Actor David Warner (1941-2022)

Time Bandits: Evil Genius - "That's a good question"

Consummate actors its seems are few and far between theses days. Of course being the Baby Boomer that I am, I grew up watching many gifted character actors on TV and at the movies. there are many that come to mind, Sean Connery or Anthony Hopkins to name just two. But there is also David Warner who died a few days ago (at 80) from a cancer related illness.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Warner eventually became a young star of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His roles included King Henry VI and King Richard II. In1965 his performance in the title role of “Hamlet”, directed by Peter Hall, was considered to be one of the finest of his generation.

Warner had a prolific career on film and TV in both Britain and the United States. He was beloved by sci-fi fans world wide for roles in Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” the computer movie “Tron,” and Tim Burton’s remake of “Planet of the Apes,” and the “Star Trek” franchise.

David Warner Interview London Film And Comic Con 2019

Video from Red Carpet News TV

David Warner Interview London Film And Comic Con 2019

I found his role as "Evil" in the Terry Gilliam Movie (1981) "Time bandits" one of his best roles.

God gives each of us a number of gifts that are either realized in this life or not.

David Warner found one of his gifts in acting.

Of course he was excellent in all his roles including the Star Trek franchise. He was in the subpar Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, but he was great in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, considered to be one the best Trek movies. His character Chancellor Gorkon was very cultured and unlike any Klingons previously portrayed.

On TV in The Next Generation two-part episode, “Chain of Command,” he played Gul Madred, a vicious Cardassian commander who had captured Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and was required to torture the Starfleet hero until he reveals the Federation’s plans.

Remembering David Warner

Video from John DiMarco

"I was saddened to learn that actor David Warner had passed away recently. In tribute to Warner's long and successful career, please enjoy this compilation of his appearances in Star Trek, including St. John Talbot (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), Chancellor Gorkon (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country), and Gul Madred (TNG: Chain of Command)." from video introduction.

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