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David Warner

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David Warner

David Warner (born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England) is a British actor, whose image might be described as "sinister."

Warner was trained at RADA, before making an impact with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his portrayal of Hamlet quickly made him famous. In 1963, he made his film debut in Tom Jones, and in 1965 starred as King Henry VI of England in the BBC production of Shakespeare's "Wars of the Roses" cycle. Another major step in his career was the leading role in Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment (1966), which established his reputation for playing slightly off-the-wall characters.

Since then, he has specialised in playing villains, in films such as The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978), Time After Time (1979), Time Bandits (1981) (going all the way by playing a character named "Evil Genius") and Tron (1982), and television series such as Batman: The Animated Series. He was also cast against type as Henry Niles in Straw Dogs (1971) and as Bob Crachit in the 1984 telefilm of A Christmas Carol. In addition, he played Nazi strongman Reinhard Heydrich in the movie SS: Portrait in Evil, and the television mini-series Holocaust. He has appeared in hit movies such as Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (as well as its less-well-made prequel, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), Titanic (the third time he has appeared a film about RMS Titanic), Scream 2, and more recently in independent television's adaptation of the Hornblower series. He also continues to play classical roles.

On the "nice guy" side, he played the charismatic Aldous Gajic in Grail, a first-season episode of Babylon 5.

Warner has performed in many audio plays, starring in the Doctor Who "Unbound" play Sympathy for the Devil (2003) as an alternative version of The Doctor, and in a series of plays based on ITV's Sapphire & Steel as Steel, both for Big Finish Productions. He will reprise his incarnation of the Doctor in an as yet unnamed sequel. He also guest starred in the BBC Radio 4 Sci-Fi comedy Nebulous (2005) as Professor Nebulous' arch-enemy Dr. Klench. 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.

He has also contributed voice acting to a number of computer games, most notably playing the villain Irenicus in Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Morpheus in Fallout.

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