07-29 Happy birthday to David Warner, Born: July 29, 1941.
David Hattersley Warner 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.
Warner is known for such films as Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tom Jones, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Cross of Iron, The Omen, Holocaust, Portrait in Evil, Time Bandits, Tron, Titanic, and various characters in the Star Trek franchise including Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1981, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special for his portrayal of Pomponius Falco in the television miniseries Masada.
In Star Trek, he played the part of Ambassador St. John Talbot in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier in 1989. In 1991, he returned to the Star Trek franchise to play Klingon chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The following year, he portrayed the Cardassian Gul Madred in the TNG sixth season episodes “Chain of Command, Part I” and “Chain of Command, Part II”. He reprised the role of Chancellor Gorkon for the video game Star Trek: Klingon Academy.
Warner took over the role of Madred on three days notice and, though he had previously appeared in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, he knew nothing about the Cardassians from The Next Generation. As he recalled in a 2011 interview; “I took over on three days’ notice. It was another makeup job. It was with Pat Stewart, who’s an old colleague. It was great to be a part of that. I thought, “Oh, I’ve done two of the others, the old classic ones, and here I am in The Next Generation. I’ll go for it.” So I wasn’t aware of it, of the Cardassians. I didn’t know their history at all, except of course, that they weren’t very nice.” Due to the short time in which he had to prepare, Warner also did not have enough time to memorize his lines. As such, they were written down on cue cards. As he commented; “There was too much technobabble and dialogue that doesn’t come naturally to me. So they wrote everything up for me. I don’t mind people knowing this. Every line I said, I actually was reading it over Patrick’s shoulder or they put it down there for me to do it.”
Warner was also approached by the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine production staff for the role of Akorem Laan in “Accession”.
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