Richard Attenborough, Legendary Actor and Director, Dies Aged 90; 5 of His Best-Known Films

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Richard Attenborough, Legendary Actor and Director, Dies Aged 90; 5 of His Best-Known Films
Attenborough at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Wikimedia Commons / gdcgraphics

Richard Attenborough, one of the best-known and multi-awarded actors in Britain, has died at the age of 90 years old.

The Oscar-winning Attenborough, who was first became popular for his acting roles before shifting to directing, died Aug. 24, his son Michael has told BBC.

Attenborough had been suffering from been health-related problems and confined to a wheelchair after he had suffered from stroke in 2008. He had been placed in a nursing home together with his wife for a few years.

His acting career spanned for six decades. As a successful director, he was probably best known for the film Gandhi, which won him two Academy Awards.

Several celebrities and political figures have paid their tributes to Attenborough. “His acting in ‘Brighton Rock’ was brilliant, his directing of ‘Gandhi’ was stunning – Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema,” said UK Prime Minister David Cameron in his Twitter account.

Actress Mia Farrow tweeted: “Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP ‘Pa’ – and thank you.”

Attenborough was one of the best-known screen celebrities in Britain, together with his brother David, a famous naturalist and broadcaster.

In 1967, he was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was knighted in 1976 and in 1993 he was made a life peer.

In 1945, he married actress Sheila Sim. Four years later, his son Michael was born, and then followed by daughters Jane and Charlotte.

Here are five of Attenborough’s films that made him a popular and legendary actor that he was.

Brighton Rock

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Released in 1947, “Brighton Rock” is a British film noir starring Richard Attenborough as Pinkie. Attenborough reprised his West End creation of the character he had made earlier. The film, which was adapted from the 1938 novel Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, was retitled “Young Scarface” in the United States.

The Great Escape

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Attenborough also starred in “The Great Escape” that was released in 1963 and about Allied prisoners of war during the Second World War. The film was considered a cinema classic.

10 Rillington Place

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Attenborough also starred in this 1971 British crime drama film, which was adapted from the book “Ten Rillington Place” by Ludovic Kennedy. The film chronicles the case of John Christie, a British serial killer.

Miracle on 34th Street

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A 1994 American Christmas fantasy film, Miracle on 34th Street stars Attenborough. It is the fourth remake (and the second theatrical version) of the 1947 film.

Jurassic Park

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Attenborough also became popular with Jurassic Park, an American science fiction action adventure film released in 1993 and directed by Steven Spielberg. The first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, this is based on the 1990 novel by Michael Crichton.

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