David Warner, whose career in film and television spans six decades, has passed away from a cancer-related illness. He was 80.
Best known for his horror roles such as Henry Niles in Straw Dogs (1971) and Jennings in The Omen (1976), Warner secured his first science fiction credit in the eerie Time After Time (1979), in which a time-travelling H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the late 20th century. He also appeared as the Evil Genius in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits (1981), and Ed Dillinger/Sark in Tron (1982) before securing the first in a memorable series of Star Trek guest roles.
In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Warner played the jaded Federation ambassador St. John Talbot, Klingon Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country (1991), and Picard’s terrifying Cardassian tormentor Gul Madred in the two-part Star Trek: The Next Generation episode ‘Chain of Command’ (S6, Ep10-11).
Warner also played Professor Grisenko in the Doctor Who episode ‘Cold War’ (S7, Ep9) and Thomas Eckhardt in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
Dr. Deborah Hersh, Professor of Speech Pathology at Curtin University, explains how aphasia is reflected in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode ‘Babel’.