Sir Richard Attenborough Dead at 90


The great British actor/director, Sir Richard Attenborough, has died at age 90. From The Hollywood Reporter:

Sir Richard Attenborough, whose crusade to bringing the life of Mahatma Gandhi to the screen culminated in eight Academy Awards for Gandhi, including a best director Oscar for him, has died, his son tells BBC News.

A producer/director/actor, Attenborough won two British Academy Awards for his acting: Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) and Guns at Batasi (1964). He won two Golden Globes for his acting in The Sand Pebbles (1966) and Dr. Dolittle (1967), and one for direction, Oh! What A Lovely War (1969).

An actor who appeared in more than 70 films, Attenborough also won the top acting award at the Berlin Festival for The Angry Silence. Under his direction, a succession of actors scored Oscar nominations, including Denzel Washington in Cry Freedom (1987), Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin, and Anthony Hopkins in Shadowlands (1993).

Many likely remember Attenborough from his role as John Hammond, in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) and again in Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997).

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  1. It’s been a time to say goodbye to many well-known people, lately. This is another gentleman who will be missed. The first time I saw Richard Attenborough in a late night movie, it turned out to have been his debut performance – “In Which We Serve” (The story of British Navy Destroyer HMS Torrin) from 1942, Noel Coward’s film that he produced, wrote and co-directed (with a young David Lean)… then Attenborough made an impression as “Big X” – one of several talented actors in “The Great Escape”, and I began to notice when he would pop up in a movie I was watching…as he often did.

    He continued to do that – and I continued to notice, for quite a few years – and enjoyed his movies, the ones he acted in, and the ones he directed. The IMDb listing is very impressive – he left a long legacy of characters and performances that his audience is the richer for having seen. RIP.

  2. I don’t intend this as an insult, but I truly thought Sir Richard had already passed.
    Anyone who has never seen him as a young actor, check out the 1946 British film ” A Matter Of Life And Death “. He plays a pilot and friend to David Niven. Fantastic film! RIP

  3. “then Attenborough made an impression as “Big X” – one of several talented actors in “The Great Escape””

    Richard Attenborough was another actor who was always great in whatever role he was in. For me, his most memorable role. More recently, a new generation of movie goers knew him as the well-meaning “John Hammond” from the Jurassic Park movies. R.I.P.

  4. Thanks for mentioning Jurassic Park. I was wondering where I’ve seen him from.

  5. Another iconic actor is gone. Sir Ricard Attenborough had a long and illustrious career. I’m sure many of his movies will be shown in the near future on TMC

  6. For me it will always be Big X in The Great Escape. He stood out in an AMAZING cast that include Steve McQueen, James Garner and Donald Pleasance. Have loved him ever since I saw that film as a kids in the 60’s. They just don’t make them like that any more – the films or the men.

  7. He also directed “A Bridge Too Far”, much underrated 1977 WWII epic.

  8. He won Best Director for Gandhi. Steven Spielberg was nominated for E.T. As good as Gandhi was, I remember the media griping about what did Spielberg need to do to win an Oscar? The Motion Picture Academy was either jealous of his success or didn’t take him seriously. E.T. may have been dismissed as a kid’s movie, but so was The Wizard of Oz. Both are timeless classics. Ironically, he cast Sir Richard in Jurassic Park, then finally won an Oscar for Schindler’s List.

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