David Warner (born 29 July 1941) is an English actor who is known for playing both romantic leads and sinister or villainous characters, across a range of media, including stage, film, animation, television and video games.
From Beyond the Grave (1974) – Four customers purchase (or take) items from Temptations Limited, an antiques shop whose motto is “Offers You Cannot Resist”. A nasty fate awaits those who cheat the shop’s Proprietor (Peter Cushing).
David Warner plays Edward Charlton who purchases an antique mirror for a knockdown price, having tricked the Proprietor into believing it is a reproduction. When he takes it home, Charlton holds a séance at the suggestion of his friends, and falls into a trance. He finds himself in a netherworld where he is approached by a sinister figure. The figure appears to stab him, and Charlton awakes screaming. Later, the figure’s face appears in the mirror and orders Charlton to kill so that he can “feed”. Charlton butchers people until the apparition is able to manifest himself outside of the mirror. The figure then explains that Charlton must do one more thing before the figure can walk abroad and join the others like him. The figure says he will take Charlton “beyond the ultimate”, and persuades Charlton to kill himself by impaling himself on a knife. The mirror stays in Charlton’s flat for years after his death, until the latest owner also decides to hold a séance. Once the séance starts, Charlton’s hungry spectre appears in the mirror.
The Omen (1976) – Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), a Catholic priest, tries repeatedly to warn the American Ambassador in London (Gregory Peck)of his son’s mysterious origins. The priest hints that Damien may not be human. Robert is irritated by the man and rebuffs his persistent intrusions, believing that the priest is mentally disturbed. At the same time, Keith Jennings (David Warner), a press photographer who had also attended Damien’s birthday party and had witnessed the hanging, is nearby, taking some pictures of the priest. Upon being developed, they show scratches or shadowlines running through the image of the priest.
In 2010, writer and actor Mark Gatiss interviewed Warner about his role in The Omen (1976) for his BBC documentary series A History of Horror. In November 2013, David Warner posed for Rory Lewis Photographers ‘Northerners’ Exhibition, David’s image was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London, and was the first professional portrait sitting of David since 1966.