David Warner, "Titanic" and "The Omen" actor, 80's. died at the age of

LONDON - David Warner, a versatile British actor whose roles ranged from Shakespearean tragedies to science-fiction cult classics, has died. He was 80 years old.

Warner's family said he died of a cancer-related illness on Sunday at Danville Hall, a retirement home for entertainers in London.

Often cast as a villain, Warner had roles in the 1971 psychological thriller "Straw Dogs", the 1976 horror classic "The Omen", the 1979 time-travel adventure "Time After Time" – he was Jack the Ripper β€” and the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," where he played the malicious servant Spicer Lovejoy.

Warner also starred in Hall's 1968 film "A Midsummer Night's Dream", starring alongside Helen Mirren and Diana Rigg.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Warner became a young star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing roles including those of King Henry VI and King Richard II. His 1965 performance in the title role of "Hamlet" for the company, directed by Peter Hall, was considered one of the best of his generation.

Despite his acclaim as a stage actor, chronic stage fright caused Warner to prioritize film and TV work for many years.

Gregor Doran, artistic director emeritus of the RSC, said Warner's Hamlet, played as a tortured student, "seems to be the epitome of 1960s youth, and captures the radical spirit of a turbulent era."