Actor who played iconic Disney villain dies of cancer

Sad news swept through the entertainment industry earlier this week.

Due to the nature of the business, there are few times an actor can boast a career spanning decades, let alone half a century.

But that’s exactly what a beloved and iconic actor could do.

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David Warner had an acting career that spanned 50 years and during that time he saw himself in many iconic roles. His family revealed today that the iconic actor passed away over the weekend from a ‘cancer-related illness’.

Warner had been ill for almost 18 months and his family shared that he “approached his diagnosis with characteristic grace and dignity”.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the news that actor David Warner (aged nearly 81) passed away from cancer-related illness in the early hours of July 24,” his family said in the statement.”…Over the past 18 months, he has approached his diagnosis with characteristic grace and dignity. He will be sorely missed by us and his family and friends, and we will remember him as a kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man, partner and father, whose legacy of extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many over the years. We are heartbroken.

David Warner in TRON
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Warner is best known for his role as iconic villain Edward Dillinger in TRON (1982). The Disney franchise, which saw a new movie released in 2011, has become so popular that an IP-themed coaster is being built at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

Also, Warner starred in many other popular movies including Titanic (1997), Time After Time (1979), The Omen (1976), Time Bandits (1981) and many more. In addition to TRON, his Disney filmography includes the narrator in Pooh’s Great Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robinthe archmage in GargoylesThe spirit of the tree in the Dinosaurs episode “If I Were a Tree”, Lord Angstrom in Star Command’s Buzz LightyearAdmiral Boom in Mary Poppins Returnsand Thomas Eckhardt in the ABC drama twin peaks.

In a 2017 interview with AV Club, Warner opened up about his 50-year career and explained that he was very happy to have had the opportunity to play a character in so many different genres.

“I did war pictures, I did westerns, I did science fiction… I mean, I wasn’t into ‘Harry Potter,’ and I wasn’t in ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and I haven’t been in ‘Game Of Thrones,'” he told the AV Club. “So there’s these big ones that I failed to make But it’s show biz…and, you know, I think I still did well.

What will you remember the most from David Warner? Let us know in the comments.

Herman C. Harkins