British actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90
English actor-director Richard Attenborough died Sunday, his son Michael told the BBC. He was 90.
The Cambridge, England, native made his film debut at 19 in the 1942 war film In Which We Serve, which was later nominated for Best Picture at the 1943 Academy Awards.
Over the course of the next 60 years, Attenborough appeared in more than 70 films, including Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, and The Sand Pebbles. He also appeared in a number of family favorites such as Doctor Doolittle, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park,and played Kris Kringle in the 1994 reboot of Miracle on 34th Street.
An accomplished filmmaker, Attenborough directed a number of movies, many of them focused on historical figures including Charlie Chaplin (Chaplin) and Winston Churchhill (Young Winston). His 1982 biopic on the life of Mohandas Gandhi earned eight Academy Awards, including Best Director.
The recipient of four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globes, Attenborough was chairman and president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He also served as chancellor of the University of Sussex, a trustee of the Tate Gallery, and in 1987, was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 1976, Attenborough received a knighthood before he was named a baron in 1993 by Queen Elizabeth.
British Prime Minister David Cameron release statement calling Attenborough “one of the greats of cinema.”
“His acting in Brighton Rock was brilliant, his directing of Gandhi was stunning,” said Cameron.
He is survived by his son Michael, daughter Charlotte, and wife Sheila Sim, whom he married in 1945.