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Man of 1000 SF Faces

April 15th, 2013

Grace and I just watched last week’s Doctor Who. We enjoyed it quite a bit; I thought it felt a lot like an episode of the classic show — humans trapped in a confined metallic labyrinth, chased by an alien, and only the Doctor can save them. And David Warner guest-starred as an elderly scientist. Which raises the question: is there any sf franchise of the last 30 or so years he hasn’t been in?

From IMDB, he’s been in Time After Time, Time Bandits, Tron, Star Trek (V and VI, and The Next Generation), Twin Peaks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the second live-action movie), Tales From the Crypt, Lois & Clark, Babylon 5, Scream 2, Wing Commander (for which he has my sympathies), the 2001 Planet of the Apes remake, Avatar, a Total Recall TV show, and an Outer Limits episode. Plus a whole bunch of minor roles in things like a remake of Frankenstein and The Secret Life of Ian Fleming and (perhaps most notably) Cast a Deadly Spell. And animated shows including Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Men in Black, and Gargoyles (though I guess I implied that last one already by saying he was on Next Generation). He was even in a flipping Beastmaster sequel. Think he wasn’t in Star Wars? Well, he did a voice in the Star Wars: Force Commander video game. Also a Forgotten Realms video game, just to cover D&D.

I wonder if he has the greatest genre filmography of any actor, just through sheer volume.

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