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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