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David Warner (29 July 194124 July 2022; age 80) was an English actor who played St. John Talbot in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and Madred in the Star Trek: The Next Generation sixth season episodes "Chain Of Command, Part I" and "Chain Of Command, Part II". He reprised the role of Gorkon for the video game Star Trek: Klingon Academy.

Warner took over the role of Madred on three days notice and, though he had previously appeared in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, he knew nothing about the Cardassians from The Next Generation. As he recalled in a 2011 interview; "I took over on three days' notice. It was another makeup job. It was with Pat Stewart, who's an old colleague. It was great to be a part of that. I thought, "Oh, I've done two of the others, the old classic ones, and here I am in The Next Generation. I'll go for it." So I wasn't aware of it, of the Cardassians. I didn't know their history at all, except of course, that they weren't very nice." Due to the short time in which he had to prepare, Warner also did not have enough time to memorize his lines. As such, they were written down on cue cards. As he commented; "There was too much technobabble and dialogue that doesn't come naturally to me. So they wrote everything up for me. I don't mind people knowing this. Every line I said, I actually was reading it over Patrick's shoulder or they put it down there for me to do it." [1]

Warner was also approached by the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine production staff for the role of Akorem Laan in "Accession". Ira Steven Behr commented, "Personally, I wanted David Warner as Akorem. He wanted to do it, but his wife talked him out of it because he was on vacation and she didn't want him to work. To this day I still wish David Warner was in it." (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages [page number?edit])

Life and career[]

Born in Manchester, England, Warner trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) before becoming a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). As part of the RSC, he earned acclaim for his portrayal in the title role of Hamlet in 1965. In a revival of the play the following year, Warner resumed the role of Hamlet while Patrick Stewart played the role of the Player King. Stewart has stated that he enjoyed being on stage with Warner, whom he called his hero. [2] [3] Stewart and Warner later worked together on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In the early 1960s, Warner made the move from stage to film, making his feature debut as the hapless Blifil in Tom Jones, which won the 1963 Academy Award for Best Picture. In 1966, he starred in the title role of Morgan!, an oddball artist obsessed with Karl Marx and gorillas. His performance in this film made him a star in Britain. Two years later, Warner made his United States debut with a supporting role in The Fixer (1968, co-starring Star Trek: The Original Series guest actor David Opatoshu). This was followed in 1970 with a role in The Ballad of Cable Hogue, which would be the first of three collaborations with acclaimed director Sam Peckinpah. The second would be the following year in Straw Dogs, a film which was ironically banned from being released on video in Warner's native England until 2002. Warner's third and final project with Peckinpah was 1977's Cross of Iron.

Prior to co-starring together on Star Trek VI, David Warner and Christopher Plummer worked together on the 1977 film The Disappearance. The two later reunited for the video game Star Trek: Klingon Academy.

In the US, Warner became well-known for his role as the unfortunate Keith Jennings, a photo-journalist who becomes one of the evil Damien's victims, in The Omen. Another role for which he is remembered is that of Jack the Ripper, opposite Malcolm McDowell's H.G. Wells, in writer/director Nicholas Meyer's Time After Time (1979). For his performance in this film, Warner was nominated for a Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. After that, he became well identified with villainous roles, typically in "genre" films. In the 1980s alone he played: the role of the "Evil Genius" in Terry Gilliam's sci-fi comedy Time Bandits; the villainous ENCOM executive Ed Dillinger, his evil creation, Sark, and voiced the Master Control Program in Tron (1982, co-starring Dan Shor, Vince Deadrick, Jr., Tony Brubaker, and Erik Cord); mad scientist Alfred Necessiter in The Man with Two Brains (1983, with James Cromwell, Jeffrey Combs, and Earl Boen); and a demented vampire hunter determined to kill the young protagonist in My Best Friend is a Vampire (1988, co-starring Deep Space Nine actor René Auberjonois). However, he did continue to play more benign characters, such as Bob Cratchit in the 1984 TV version of A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Warner's other film credits during the 1980s include The Island (1980), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Company of Wolves (1984), and Mr. North (1988, with Virginia Madsen) and Spies Inc. (with Alice Krige). He co-starred with Next Generation guest player Zach Galligan in Waxwork (1988) and Mortal Passions (1989).

Warner continued portraying antagonists in films such as Tripwire (1990, with Meg Foster), Quest of the Delta Knights (1993, with Brigid Brannagh), and, most notably, Titanic, in which he played slick manservant and bodyguard Spicer Lovejoy. That film had Jenette Goldstein in a small role, and music by James Horner. Warner also played the cruel James Sawyer, captain of the HMS Renown, in the Horatio Hornblower TV movie series starring Ioan Gruffudd.

His penchant for villainous roles carried over to voice acting, most notably as the mystical Ra's al Ghul on Batman: The Animated Series (appearing in episodes opposite Brock Peters, Robert Costanzo, Nichelle Nichols, Loren Lester, and Malcolm McDowell again); the sorcerer villain Jon Irenicus in the computer game Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate II – Shadows of Amn; the mutant Herbert Landon on Spider-Man: The Animated Series; as The Lobe on Freakazoid!; rogue agent Alpha on Men in Black: The Series; and the evil Doctor Klench in the Radio 4 audio comedy Nebulous.

Warner did play the occasional "good guy" role, however. Some examples include Professor Jordan Perry in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991, co-starring Josh Pais, Michelan Sisti, Frank Welker, Brian Tochi, Lee Spencer, and Lisa Chess), and Aldouis Gajic in a first season episode of J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5 (co-starring with Bill Mumy and Jim Norton). He also played the protagonist in Doctor Who on audio in two adventures entitled "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Masters of War", where he portrayed an alternate version of the Doctor's third incarnation.

Other notable films in which Warner appeared include The Lost World (with John Rhys-Davies) and its sequel, Return to the Lost World (both 1992), In the Mouth of Madness (1995, with John Glover), Naked Souls (1995, with Clayton Rohner and Dean Stockwell), Ice Cream Man (1995, starring Clint Howard in the title role), Money Talks (1997), Scream 2 (1997), Planet of the Apes (2001,co-starring Cary-Hiroyuki and Erick Avari), and Ladies in Lavender (2004). He also played Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn in 1999's Wing Commander; his Time After Time co-star, fellow Star Trek film actor, and fellow Englishman Malcolm McDowell had originally played the role of Tolwyn in the video games on which the film was based.

On television, Warner participated in numerous mini-series. Among these are Holocaust (1978, co-starring Fritz Weaver), for which Warner received an Emmy Award nomination as Schutzstaffel and Gestapo Chief Reinhard Heydrich. He also starred in 1981's Masada (for which Warner won an Emmy Award), 1982's Marco Polo (in which Deep Space Nine guest star Kenneth Marshall played the titular character and Original Series star Leonard Nimoy appeared), and 1993's Wild Palms (co-starring fellow Star Trek VI star Kim Cattrall as well as Brad Dourif, Bob Gunton, Bebe Neuwirth, and Charles Rocket). He also made guest appearances on Murder, She Wrote, Twin Peaks, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, among other popular shows, and was nominated for an Annie Award for his portrayal of Doctor Vic Frankenstein on the animated series Toonsylvania. In the mid-90s, he voiced the character Arthur Dearborn in an episode of The Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man, an animated TV show which regularly featured the voice talent of James Avery as War Machine; Avery as War Machine made a two-part guest-appearance on Fox Kids' Spider-Man animated series, which also occasionally featured Warner as the voice of Herbert Landon. In 1998, Warner starred as The Man in Three alongside Bumper Robinson.

Warner was one of the many Star Trek performers to lend their voices to the animated series Gargoyles. Others who have done so include Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Nichelle Nichols, Michael Dorn, Avery Brooks, Brent Spiner, John Rhys-Davies, and W. Morgan Sheppard.

Since the mid-2000s, Warner mostly appeared in television projects in his native Britain, including guest roles on series such as Agatha Christie's Marple, Midsomer Murders, Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful (co-starring Harry Treadaway), Wallander, and the US series The Alienist.

Warner passed away on 24 July 2022, a few days shy of his 81st birthday, due to cancer-related illness in Northwood, Greater London. [4]

Other Trek connections[]

Additional projects in which Warner worked with fellow Star Trek alumni include:

Star Trek appearances[]

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