David Warner (born 29 July 1941) is an English actor who is known for playing sinister or villainous characters, both in film and animation. He is most famous for his roles in the films Tom Jones, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Malcolm, The Omen, The Island, Time Bandits, The Company of Wolves, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, The Lost World, Titanic, Planet of the Apes and Black Death.
Warner was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, the son of Doreen (née Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner, who was a nursing home proprietor. He was born out of wedlock and frequently taken to be brought up by each of his parents, eventually settling with his Russian Jewish father and his stepmother. He was educated at Feldon School, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London.
Warner made his professional stage debut at the Royal Court Theatre in January 1962, playing Snout, a minor role in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tony Richardson for the English Stage Company. In March 1962 at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry he played Conrad in Much Ado About Nothing, following which in June he appeared as Jim in Afore Night Come at the New Arts Theatre in London.