Actor & Director Richard Attenborough Has Passed Away at Age 90
We've lost another. We're sad to report that the great Richard Attenborough has passed away in England today at the age of 90. While most may recognize him from Jurassic Park or Ghandi, Attenborough has an extensive and illustrious career that spans multiple decades. He won two Oscars, for Best Director and Best Picture, in 1983 for Ghandi, the biopic that introduced us to Ben Kingsley. He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1976, won BAFTA's Best British Film for his C.S. Lewis biopic Shadowlands in 1993, and was BAFTA's Best British Actor in 1965 for both Guns at Batasi and Seance on a Wet Afternoon. A true big screen legend.
A few social media reactions (plus a great photo found on Twitter) regarding Lord Attenborough's passing:
RIP Richard Attenborough. Very sad. I hope in the future we can use a strand of his DNA to clone him & have a whole park of wonderful actors
— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb) August 24, 2014
Brighton Rock, League Of Gentleman, Great Escape, 10 Rillington Place, Magic, Jurassic Park & so, so much more. R.I.P. Lord Attenborough.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 24, 2014
His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) August 24, 2014
— Gareth Evans (@ghuwevans) August 25, 2014
Attenborough during a break in filming his C.S. Lewis biopic, Shadowlands, 1993 via @refocusedmedia
Update! Here's a statement from Steven Spielberg about the great Lord Attenborough (via Deadline):
"Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life. Family, friends, his country and career. He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic Gandhi and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in Jurassic Park. He was a dear friend and I am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him."
Born in Cambridge, Richard Attenborough started acting at the age of 12, making his professional stage debut at 18. The rest is history, as his career in film spans Brighton Rock, The League of Gentlemen, The Great Escape, A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin, Jurassic Park, Miracle on 34th Street and Elizabeth. In 2008 his health started to deteriorate and he suffered a stroke, causing him to fall and confining him to a wheelchair for his remaining years. He had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years recently, and passed away with his family at his side on Sunday. It's always sad to hear about the passing of someone who has left such a remarkable legacy, but especially tough when it's an individual loved by the entire industry.
As always, at the least we have his impressive filmography that he leaves behind, allowing all generations the never-ending chance to explore his cinematic work over many years. Rest in Peace, Lord Attenborough.
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
I will miss him dearly. His child-like enthusiasm in JURASSIC PARK was one the best things about that film.
DAVIDPD on Aug 24, 2014
Thanks very much SIR for giving us great memories in Cinema history. You will be missed. My condolencese to your family. R.I.P.
ProWrestlingNO1 on Aug 24, 2014
My dearest respect and honor to you. RIP.
Rock n Rollllll on Aug 24, 2014
Good by dear man.
Xerxexx on Aug 24, 2014
Watching Jurassic Park tonight.
Xerxexx on Aug 24, 2014
Amazing talent. He will be missed.
Chris Groves on Aug 24, 2014
A gem and honorable man. A true legend. What a wonderful mark he has left on the world of cinema.
Quanah on Aug 24, 2014
rest in peace great man!
Avi on Aug 25, 2014
RIP Dr. Hammond
Danimal on Aug 25, 2014
Rest in peace to this fine actor. He made a great Santa in Miracle on 34th Street.
Marcus on Aug 25, 2014
It's spelled "Gandhi", Alex...
gopalkamat on Aug 25, 2014
from his terrifying Pinkie Brown through his unnerving performance in 10 Rillington Place to the avuncular Dr Grant, his acting alone would have secured a lasting legacy, but to then go on and direct Ganghi, Shadowlands (and his numerous Anthony Hopkins films), Cry Freedom... the world of cinema is weaker: one of its foundations has been removed. farewell, Dickie, RIP, Sir.
son_et_lumiere on Aug 25, 2014
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