ANOTHER RECOGNISABLE ACTOR WHOSE NAME HAS COMPLETELY ESCAPED YOU.
I’m actually finding it really difficult to write this edition of “Hey, It’s That Guy!” as I should probably just post a photo and his name and then leave you to your own personal “A-ha!” moment.
You’ll look at the photo, say “Huh, I can’t believe I couldn’t remember this guy’s name!” and think of at least 3 films you’ve seen him in.
If you’ve seen any horror/sci-fi films over the last 40-50 years, you must know today’s “that guy”.
Oh hai, David Warner!
David Warner has been acting professionally since the early 1960s, appearing in various Shakespeare theatre productions in London’s West End, Stratford upon Avon and Broadway. In the well-known tradition of British actors on film, he has often been typecast as the villain, but then with his instantly recognisable commanding voice, he’s very, very good at it!
“Hi, I’m David Warner, you may know me from other notable villainous roles such as :”
Time Bandits (1981), His character is literally called ‘Evil’, but he has great quotes. For example, “God isn’t interested in technology. He cares nothing for the microchip or the silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time, forty-three species of parrots! Nipples for men!”
Tron (1982) as Dillinger/Sark/Master Control Program.
Master Control Program: “You’re getting brutal, Sark. Brutal and needlessly sadistic.”
Sark: “Thank you, Master Control.”
The Island (1980), from the writer of Jaws, where David Warner leads a band of pirates that kidnap Michael Caine’s character, who is innocently taking his son on a trip to the Bermuda Triangle. Not to be confused with The Island (2005) starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johanssen. The 2005 film is based on a book called ‘Spares’, by Michael Marshall Smith, doesn’t have pirates and is a serious case of “The book is way better than the movie!” but I digress.
Many people also remember him for being the unfortunate photojournalist in The Omen (1976), the one who kind of figured out what was going on. He was a good guy, that time!
David Warner has also appeared in not one, but two Titanic films, S.O.S. Titanic (1979) and the one directed by James Cameron from 1997. Hey, not many can say they got to ride the Titanic twice.
David Warner has also appeared in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and a double episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Chain of Command”. As he only had two days’ notice before appearing in The Next Generation, he didn’t have a chance to learn his lines and had to read cue cards over Patrick Stewart’s shoulder in his scenes. Bet you thought it was just the classic thousand-yard stare…
This man has a huge body of work to be discovered from the 1960s up to the present day in horror, sci-fi, action and every film genre in between.