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    David Warner, the voice of John Irenicus in Baldur’s Gate 2, is gone




    David Warner, the theater and film veteran who voiced iconic Baldur’s Gate 2 villain John Irenicus, has died at the age of 80.

    The Shakespearean actor, who is reported by the BBC to have died of a “cancer-related illness”, was best known for his cinematic roles such as Jennings in the classic horror film The Omen and Billy Zane’s sidekick in Titanic. He was the Evil Genius in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits and played the roles of Ed Dillinger, Sark and Master Control in Disney’s groundbreaking CGI film Tron.

    Warner was also a prolific television actor, appearing in Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Wallander, and voicing several major video game roles. His first acting role came in 1996 when he played Reinhart in the space sim Privateer 2: The Darkening. He later had roles in games such as Star Wars: Force Commander, Descent 3 and Star Trek: Klingon Academy.

    But Warner’s most notable video game performance came in 2000 when he played John Irenicus in Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn. His overbearing portrayal of an arrogant elven mage has made Irenicus one of the most memorable villains in RPGs and is one of the key reasons why Baldur’s Gate 2 remains such a compelling experience. Warner returned to the role in 2016 with Siege of Dragonspear, an official expansion pack for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition that fills in the gaps between the original game and its sequel.

    “Over the past 18 months, he has approached his diagnosis with characteristic grace and dignity,” Warner’s family said in a statement to the BBC. “We, his family and friends, will miss him greatly and will remember him as a kindhearted, generous and compassionate man, partner and father whose legacy of outstanding work has touched the lives of so many over the years. We are heartbroken.”



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