WILMINGTON – It is with great sorrow that the family of Robert Warner, 78, of Wilmington, NC announces his passing on October 5, 2021. Robert “Bob” died peacefully of natural causes at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Pavilion.
Bob was born in Hudson County, New Jersey to Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sciorsci. Robert met his wife, Darla, in Atlanta, GA, and they married in Flanders, NJ in 1981. They remained sweethearts for 40 years and were blessed with three children.
Mr. Warner enjoyed a full life of exceptional experiences. He served his country in the Air Force during the early days of the Vietnam conflict. After his return to the U.S., he settled in Los Angeles. Using his skills acquired during his self-described “misspent youth” working as a ranch hand in Montana and drag racing in California, Bob became a stunt man and actor. He drove in the iconic scenes in “Bullitt” and “The French Connection” and appeared in numerous John Wayne films including “Big Jake” and “Hellfighters.” Other roles were in episodes of ABC series “The FBI” and “The Mod Squad,” and CBS’s “Playboy After Dark.” It was when Bob joined the LAPD that he was asked to be a technical advisor for NBC’s “Police Story” and he found his true calling- not in front of the camera-but behind it in production.
Robert enjoyed a fulfilling career of over thirty years as a production manager/line producer for TV and films. He was a past member of the Screen Actors Guild and was a member in good standing with the Directors Guild of America when he passed away.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Darla, their children Dahlia, Edward, and Matthew, two grandchildren, and his sister, Vega. They, their families, and his many friends will miss him dearly and most deeply.
A celebration of his life will be held at a place and time yet to be determined. Those wishing to honor his life may make a donation in his name to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.