David Warner passed away on July 24th, 2022 after losing his fight with cancer. A prolific actor, Warner had many memorable roles both in and out of the sci-fi genres.
Trek fans will know Warner from roles such as Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the sadistic Cardassian interrogator Gul Madred in the two-part TNG episode “Chain of Command.” Warner also had classic performances as the villainous Sark/Master Control Program/Ed Dillinger in Tron, Jack the Ripper in the 1979 sci-fi film Time after Time, “Evil” in Time Bandits, and as Lord Downey in the 2007 adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather.
Warner’s work outside of the genre was no less memorable. Perhaps best known to American audiences as Spicer Lovejoy in Titanic, Warner appeared in a wide range of films and television shows. These ranged from light-hearted fare such as the 1983 Steve Martin comedy The Man with Two Brains to dark, edgy material such as The Omen and an uncredited (but sublime) appearance as the emotionally challenged Henry Niles in the Sam Peckinpah's harrowing film Straw Dogs.
Along with his on-screen work, Warner had a long career as a voice actor work. Notable roles were as the Batman villain Ra’s al-Ghul and the maddened wizard Irenicus in the popular video game Baldur’s Gate 2.