Who is David Warner
(July 29, 1941-)? David Warner has been Hamlet
, David Warner has been the Doctor
, David Warner
has been in movies... but if you grew up in the 90s, you'll probably recognise his voice as that of at least one Wicked Cultured
-sounding cartoon supervillain (with the possible exception of Dr. Vic Frankenstein from Toonsylvania
, as he was more of a sissy anti-hero
and his being "wicked cultured" was either not brought up or played for laughs). His voice is so distinctive that we could easily rename the Evil Brit
in his honour.
He famously pulled triple-duty in TRON
as Edward Dillinger, his program counterpart Sark and Big Bad
MCP. His performance as Sark heavily influenced Corey Burton
voice (so three guesses who got to voice Sark in Kingdom Hearts II
). His other roles include...
- Ra's al Ghul in Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond.
- The Archmage in Gargoyles, who was elevated from one-shot character to major villain solely due to his performance.
- Herbert Landon in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
- Evil in Time Bandits.
"Forty-three species of parrot! Nipples for men! SLUGS! Are we not in the hands of a lunatic?"
- Dr. Vic Frankenstein on Steven Spielberg's short-lived FOX series, Toonsylvania (which everyone remembers as a Playstation game rather than a TV show).
- Nergal in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (he was later replaced by another voice actor).
- Alpha in Men In Black: The Series
- The Lobe in Freakazoid!.
- Lord Angstrom in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
- Lovejoy (Billy Zane's valet/bodyguard) in Titanic.
- Professor Jordan Perry in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
- Jack the Ripper in Time After Time.
- He also played Inspector Langford in "Ripper", an episode of the new The Outer Limits (1995) anthology series, which tells a sci-fi version of the Ripper's legend. Earlier in the show he appeared in the episode "Virtual Future".
- The hair specialist Dr. Lock in Body Bags.
- Jon Irenicus in Baldur's Gate.
- He's been in Star Trek several times now...
"Tell me how many lights you see."
- Jor-El in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
- Kurt Wallander's father Povel in the English language adaptations of Wallander.
- An alternative third incarnation of the Doctor in two of Big Finish Productions' What If? Doctor Who Unbound audio dramas, "Sympathy For The Devil" and "Masters Of War". Quite possibly the best Doctor we never had.
- Recently, he's also done quite alot of Radio Drama for The BBC in more heroic roles than he's normally known for. These roles include Prospero in The Tempest, Virgil in The Divine Comedy and Merlyn in The Once and Future King.
- Bob Cratchitt in the 1984 adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Very much Playing Against Type, as you can imagine if you've been reading over this list.
- He was a crazy captain in "Mutiny" and "Retribution" in the Horatio Hornblower miniseries. Hilariously put by one snarky commentator (Catherine, website Archieology 101)
"You see, the captain, James Sawyer, bears an uncanny resemblance to David Warner. This of necessity means that he's either a) a villain, b) mad as a balloon, or c) both."
- Master of the Assassins' Guild, Lord Downey, in the TV adaptation of the Discworld novel Hogfather.
- The narrator in Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin.
- Aldous Gajic, good guy, seeker of the Holy Grail, in Babylon 5.
- The Spirit of the Tree in Dinosaurs episode "If I Were a Tree".
- Professor Summerlee in the 1992 film adaptation of Conan Doyle's The Lost World, and its sequel Return to the Lost World.
- Conan Doyle himself in the 1998 film about Houdini.
- The macabre Dr. Richard Madden in H. P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon.
- Ari's father Senator Sandar in Tim Burton's version of Planet of the Apes.
- Mad scientist Dr. Alfred Necessiter in Steve Martin's The Man With Two Brains.
- The Tsar's court physician Dr. Eugene Botkin in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
- Admiral Tolwyn in Wing Commander, though we're sure he'd rather forget that he was in it.
- Yet another Acting For Three job in the infamous zero-budget fantasy Quest Of The Delta Knights, as mentor Baydool, the Big Bad Lord Vultare, and as The Narrator.
Other films he appeared in include A Thousand Kisses Deep
, Cast a Deadly Spell
, Back to the Secret Garden
, The Little Unicorn
, My Best Friend is a Vampire
and The Last Leprechaun
, among many others.
No relation to the Australian Cricketer
of the same name.