David Warner–best known to genre fans for his role in The Omen–has passed way at the age of 80.
Warner passed away at Denville Hall, a care home for members of the entertainment industry from a “cancer-related illness,” according to the BBC.
Warner’s family confirmed the news in a statement, saying that over the past 18 months, the actor “approached his diagnosis with grace and dignity. He will be missed by us and remembered as a kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man. We are heartbroken.”
Born in Manchester, England, in 1941, Warner studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and first made his mark in the titular role in the 1966 British film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. Going on to a varied career in film, the theater and TV, Warner won an Emmy for his performance as a Roman senator in the ABC miniseries Masada.
Perhaps best known on the big screen for his role as Spicer Lovejoy in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, Warner also played an ill-fated photographer named Jennings in 1976’s The Omen.
Warner also appeared in such genre films as From Beyond the Grave (1974), Frankenstein (1984), Waxwork (1988), Body Bags (1993), Necronomicon (1993) and Scream 2 (1997).
Warner is survived by his partner Lisa Bowerman, his son Luke, his daughter-in-law Sarah and his first wife Harriet.
The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Warner’s family, friends and colleagues.