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Overview (3)

Born in Manchester, England, UK
Birth NameDavid Hattersley Warner
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Hattersley Warner was born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England, to Ada Doreen (Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He was born out of wedlock and often accepted to be raised by each of his parents, eventually settling with his father and stepmother. His father changed jobs often and moved from town to town. David attended eight schools and "failed his exams at all of them". His parents separated when he was a teenager and he only saw his mother again seven years later - on her deathbed. After a series of odd jobs, he was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) where he was very unhappy.

After RADA, he became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and got the role of Blifil in the adventure comedy Tom Jones (1963). With the title role in the comedy-drama Morgan! (1966) and a two-year stint as Hamlet with the RSC, Warner became a star at age 24. He has often played villains in such films as The Thirty Nine Steps (1978), Time After Time (1979), Time Bandits (1981), TRON (1982) and Titanic (1997). He has also appeared in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), two sequels to the popular Star Trek films.

Spouse (2)

Sheilah Kent (1979 - 2005) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Harriet Lindgren (1969 - 1972) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Deep smooth voice
Often plays sinister villains

Trivia (33)

Has vertigo and was doubled in Time Bandits (1981) in the scene where the Evil Genius walks up the steps after caging the bandits, because he could not handle the drop below him.
David Warner's limp in Straw Dogs (1971) was real. He had smashed both his heels in a fall sometime before filming began and it was a long time before he could walk normally again. He clarified in a 2017 interview that this was unrelated to the fact his name is not in the credits (as has been claimed): his agent wanted him to have above-the-title billing with Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, Hoffman and George's agents refused, and he decided to resolve the quarrel by going uncredited.
Has appeared in three films about the Titanic: S.O.S. Titanic (1979), Time Bandits (1981) and Titanic (1997).
Has played three different species in the Star Trek universe: a human in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), a Klingon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), and a Cardassian on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Is one of only 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) and then in one of the spin-offs.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England; became an Associate Member.
Has played an ape in Planet of the Apes (2001), a character obsessed with gorillas in Morgan! (1966), and did a gorilla impression in The Man with Two Brains (1983).
Has appeared in three films involving time travel: Time After Time (1979), Time Bandits (1981) and Planet of the Apes (2001).
In Time After Time (1979), he played John Leslie Stevenson (Jack the Ripper). In The Outer Limits (1995) episode "Ripper", he played Inspector Harold Langford, who was investigating Dr. John York (Cary Elwes), who was suspected of being Jack the Ripper.
Chosen by Tony Richardson for his role in Tom Jones (1963) after the director enjoyed his performance in the play "Afore the Night" (1962).
Although he played Reinhard Heydrich, one of the key architects of the Holocaust, in both Holocaust (1978) and Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (1985), he has part Jewish ancestry in real life. He has said that playing Heydrich first time around "was one of the most painful experiences I've ever had as an actor", and that he reprized the part purely "because I needed the work".
By appearing on Batman: The Animated Series (1992), he became the first actor to play the villain Ra's-Al-Ghul. To date, he has been succeeded by Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson and Matt Nable.
He took over the role of Gul Madred on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (two-part episode "Chain of Command") on three days' notice. He could not learn his lines in that short time, so he had to use cue cards. He said: "Every line I said, I actually was reading over Patrick Stewart's shoulder or they put it down there for me to do it. After I finished it, I thought it worked, which obviously it did.".
He was originally slated to play Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Make-up tests were done, but Warner had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Robert Englund was cast instead.
Has made guest appearances on two different series about Superman. He played Superman's biological father Jor-El on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and Ra's-Al-Ghul on Superman: The Animated Series (1996).
Both he and his The Company of Wolves (1984) co-star Terence Stamp have played Jor-El, the biological Kryptonian father of Superman. He played the role in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Foundling (1994) whereas Stamp provided the character's voice on Smallville (2001).
David Warner played the same role twice (King Henry VI) in two different productions of the same name, for two different directors, over two decades apart. First came The Wars of the Roses (1965) for director John Barton, and second came The Wars of the Roses (1965) for director Michael Bogdanov. Coincidentally, the later production was released in the same year as The War of the Roses (1989) which was unrelated in every way, but had a similar title, and which did not star Warner.
He was among the actors in the running for Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Bukovsky in the horror film Lifeforce (1985); Patrick Stewart and Michael Gothard won the roles.
Is one of only 29 actors to have speaking roles in both the Doctor Who and Star Trek franchises.
Has played the same character (Ra's-Al-Ghul) on three different series: Batman: The Animated Series (1992), Superman: The Animated Series (1996) and Batman Beyond (1999).
Has appeared in two films co-written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and Planet of the Apes (2001).
Has appeared with Ian Holm in six films: The Bofors Gun (1968), The Fixer (1968), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968), Holocaust (1978), S.O.S. Titanic (1979) and Time Bandits (1981).
Although he played Rosanna DeSoto's father in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), he is only nine years her senior.
Has appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Tom Jones (1963) and Titanic (1997).
He has two roles in common with his Time After Time (1979) co-star Malcolm McDowell: (1) McDowell played Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn in Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (1994), Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1995) and Wing Commander Academy (1996) while Warner played him in Wing Commander (1999) and (2) McDowell played Professor Abraham Van Helsing in Suck (2009) while Warner played him in Penny Dreadful (2014).
He has two roles in common with Peter Cushing, Nigel Davenport and Frank Finlay: (1) Cushing played Professor Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), Davenport played him in Dracula (1974), Finlay played him in Count Dracula (1977) and Warner played him in Penny Dreadful (2014) and (2) Davenport played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Edwardians: Conan Doyle (1972), Cushing played him in The Great Houdini (1976), Finlay played him in The Other Side (1992) and Warner played him in Houdini (1998).
He has two roles in common with both David Collings and Richard E. Grant: (1) Collings played Bob Cratchit in Scrooge (1970), Warner played him in A Christmas Carol (1984) and Grant played him in A Christmas Carol (1999) and (2) Grant played the Doctor in Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999) and Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003), Collings played him in the Big Finish audio drama "Full Fathom Five" and Warner played him in the Big Finish audio dramas "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Masters of War".
He was suggested by Jane Baker as a candidate to replace Colin Baker as the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963), which ultimately went to Sylvester McCoy. He was considered for many guest roles on the series: Aukon in Doctor Who: State of Decay: Part One (1980), Commander Scott in Doctor Who: Earthshock: Part One (1982), Valgard in Doctor Who: Terminus: Part One (1983), Vorshak in Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep: Part One (1984), Colonel Archer in Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks: Part One (1984), The Governor in Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos: Part One (1985), Maylin Tekker in Doctor Who: Timelash: Part One (1985), Orcini in Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks: Part One (1985), Merdeen in Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Part One (1986), Yrcanos and Corzier in Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Part Five (1986), Gavrok in Doctor Who: Delta and the Bannermen: Part One (1987), Kane in Doctor Who: Dragonfire: Part One (1987), Ratcliffe in Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks: Part One (1988), Josiah Samuel Smith in Doctor Who: Ghost Light: Part One (1989) and Peter Warmsly in Doctor Who: Battlefield: Part One (1989). He was also considered for Borusa in Doctor Who (1996) before the character was dropped from the script. He did guest star as Professor Grisenko in Doctor Who: Cold War (2013), as well as Lord Azlok in Doctor Who: Dreamland (2009).
He turned down the role of Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons (1966), as he was busy playing Hamlet at Stratford-Upon-Avon. The role went to John Hurt.
He was considered for the role of Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), which went to David Kelly.
Parents are Herbert Simon and Doreen Warner.
Has one daughter: Melissa Warner (born 1982).
Has English and Russian Jewish ancestry.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on The Omen (1976)] I never saw it as a horror movie.
It's all out of one's hands. One goes and does one's best. That's what Albert Finney says -- one main hit, that's all you can hope for.
[on The Omen (1976)] What was so good about that picture was that there was no blood in it, really. It's not a gorefest. Strange things happen, but it's got the mood and the music and everything. So of its type, of its kind, I think it's quite a superior film. But either way, you don't say no if you're asked to work with Gregory Peck. And he was wonderful, by the way.
[on Time Bandits (1981)] Time Bandits is one of Terry Gilliam's brilliant visual feasts, of bringing to the screen what you could only dream about. When they talk about "vision" and all that, he's the only person I know of who could put his crazy dreams onto the screen. He's truly a conjurer. Just an extraordinary mind.

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