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David Warner (actor)

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David Warner (actor)

English actor who is known for playing both romantic leads and sinister or villainous characters, across a range of media, including film, animation, television, and video games add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1941.

Countries: United Kingdom (75%), United States (20%), Mexico (2%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Doctor Who, Hamlet, King Lear

Linked to: English Stage Company, Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC, EMI Classics




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David Warner was born in 1941 add something


Warner made his professional stage debut at the Royal Court Theatre in January 1962, playing Snout, a minor role in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", directed by Tony Richardson for the English Stage Company add something


In March 1962 at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, he played Conrad in "Much Ado About Nothing", following which in June he appeared as Jim in "Afore Night Come" at the New Arts Theatre in London add something


Another early television role came when he starred alongside Bob Dylan in the 1963 play "Madhouse on Castle Street" add something


In 1963, he made his film debut as the villainous Blifil in "Tom Jones", and in 1965, starred as Henry VI in the BBC television version of the RSC's "The Wars of the Roses" cycle of Shakespeare's history plays add something


He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1963 to play Trinculo in "The Tempest" and Cinna the Poet in "Julius Caesar", and in July was cast as Henry VI in the John Barton adaptation of "Henry VI", Parts I, II and III, which comprised the first two plays from "The Wars of the Roses" trilogy add something


At the Aldwych Theatre, London, in January 1964, he again played Henry VI in the complete "The Wars of the Roses" history cycle add something


Returning to Stratford in April, he performed the title role in "Richard II", Mouldy in "Henry IV, Part 1" and Henry VI. At the Aldwych in October 1964, he was cast as Valentine Brose in the play "Eh-" by Henry Livings, a role he reprised in the 1968 film adaptation "Work Is a Four-Letter Word" add something


He first played the title role in "Hamlet" at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the 1965 repertoire add something


In the 1966 Stratford season, his Hamlet was revived and he played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in "Twelfth Night" add something


He appeared as Konstantin Treplev in Sidney Lumet's 1968 adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Sea Gull" and starred alongside Jason Robards and Stella Stevens as Reverend Joshua Duncan Sloane in Sam Peckinpah's "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" add something


Finally at the Aldwych in January 1970, he played Julian in "Tiny Alice" add something


He was cast against type as Henry Niles in "Straw Dogs" and as Bob Cratchit in the 1984 telefilm "A Christmas Carol" starring George C. Scott as Scrooge add something


In horror films, he appeared in one of the stories of "From Beyond the Grave", opposite Gregory Peck in "The Omen" as the ill-fated photojournalist Keith Jennings, and the 1979 thriller "Nightwing" add something


In 1981, Warner received an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special for "Masada" as Pomponius Falco add something


In 1981, he won an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special for his portrayal of Pomponius Falco in the television miniseries "Masada" add something


He appeared as mad scientist Dr. Alfred Necessiter in the film "The Man with Two Brains" in 1983 alongside Steve Martin and Kathleen Turner add something


He based his portrayal on the evil "re-educator" from "1984" add something


He starred in cult classic "Waxwork" , and featured alongside a young Viggo Mortensen in the 1990 film "Tripwire" add something


In "Seven Servants", he co-starred with Anthony Quinn in 1996 add something


In 2001, he played Captain James Sawyer in two episodes of A&E's adaptation of C.S. Forester's "Hornblower" series add something


Warner contributed "Sonnet 25" to the 2002 compilation album, "When Love Speaks" , which consists of Shakespearean sonnets and play excerpts as interpreted by famous actors and musicians add something


He voiced the character until 2003, when he was replaced by Martin Jarvis add something


In 2005, Warner read a new adaptation of "Oliver Twist" for BBC Radio 2 add something


In all these productions, Warner has worked with writer and comedian Mark Gatiss of the "League of Gentlemen", and plays a guest role in the League's 2005 feature film "The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse" add something


Chichester Festival Theatre - In May 2005, at the Chichester Festival Theatre Warner made a return to Shakespeare, playing the title role in Steven Pimlott's production of "King Lear" add something


On 30 October 2005, he appeared on stage at the Old Vic theatre in London in the one-night play "Night Sky" alongside Christopher Eccleston, Bruno Langley, Navin Chowdhry, Saffron Burrows and David Baddiel add something


In December 2006, he starred in "Terry Pratchett's Hogfather" on Sky1 as Lord Downey add something


According to his 2007 programme CV, Warner's other work for the theatre has included "The Great Exhibition" at Hampstead Theatre ; "I, Claudius" at the Queen's Theatre ; "A Feast of Snails" at the Lyric Theatre ; "Where There's a Will" at the Theatre Royal, Bath; "King Lear" at Chichester Festival Theatre ; and "Major Barbara" on Broadway add something


In 2007, he guest starred as Isaac Newton in the "Doctor Who" audio drama "Circular Time" add something


In 2008, he guest-starred as Mycroft Holmes in the Bernice Summerfield audio play "The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel" add something


In February 2008, Warner was heard as the popular fictional character Hugo Rune in a new 13-part audio adaptation of Robert Rankin's "The Brightonomicon" released by Hokus Bloke Productions and BBC Audiobooks add something


In October 2008, Warner played the role of Lord Mountbatten of Burma in the BBC Four television film "In Love with Barbara", a biopic about the life of romantic novelist Barbara Cartland add something


Robert Rankin - In 2008 The Brightonomicon was adapted into a 13 part full-cast audio drama by Hokus Bloke Productions and BBC Audiobooks starring Andy Serkis, David Warner, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Degas, Mark Wing-Davey, Martin Jarvis and Sarah Douglas


In 2009, he was the voice of Lord Azlok of the Viperox, an insectoid alien race in the animated Doctor Who serial "Dreamland" add something


In 2010, writer and actor Mark Gatiss interviewed Warner about his role in "The Omen" for his BBC documentary series "A History of Horror" add something


In 2010, David Warner appeared in the BBC Radio 4 play 'Plantagenet - What Is A Man' by Mike Walker, inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles, chronicling the early years of the Plantagenet dynasty, as King Henry II. Originally broadcast Sun 14 February 2010 / 15:00 add something


Cold War - Another 'sympathetic' role was in 2013, when he played Professor Grisenko in the "Doctor Who" episode "Cold War" in which he battled a revived Ice Warrior and struck up a rapport with the Doctor's companion Clara Oswald add something


In November 2013, David Warner posed for Rory Lewis Photographers 'Northerners' Exhibition, David's image was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London, and was the first professional portrait sitting of David since 1966 add something


In 2014 Warner starred in two episodes of the Horror series "Penny Dreadful " as "Abraham Van Helsing" add something


In 2016, he returned at his alternate Doctor in a series of audios where his Doctor briefly travels to the 'prime' universe and enlists the Seventh Doctor's companion Benny Summerfield to try and help him save his universe add something


Warner's Doctor will continue his travels with Benny in a second series of audios released in 2017 add something