Oscar-winning director and actor Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. He was best known for directing “Gandhi” and in later years appearing in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “Jurassic Park” and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” as the CEO and park creator John Hammond.
Beginning at the age of 18, Lord Attenborough’s career flourished as one of Britain’s leading actors. Eventually, he moved on to become a highly successful director.
His career spanned six decades, and he appeared in such films as: “Brighton Rock,” “The Great Escape,” “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “Ten Little Indians,” “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” and “Elizabeth” to name only a few.
As a director, he is best known for bringing “Gandhi” to the big screen. For his effort, he won two Academy Awards. (Best Director and Best Picture)
For a number of years, Lord Attenborough had been living in a nursing home with his wife Sheila (Sim.) He had been confined to a wheelchair since falling down stairs six years ago.
He died at lunchtime on Sunday. His family is expected to make a full statement on Monday.
Although Lord Attenborough has passed on, he left behind a legacy in every facet of show business.
In a tribute to Attenborough, Prime Minister David Cameron took to his Twitter account.
“His acting in “Brighton Rock” was brilliant, his directing of “Gandhi” was stunning – Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.”
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.”
Chris Hewitt from Empire Magazine told BBC News Lord Attenborough had a “huge impact” on cinema, describing him as a “universally beloved” figure.
Along with his naturalist brother David, Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s best-known screen celebrities.
Attenborough leaves behind his wife, Sheila, of 69 years. They had three children together.
He was appointed a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1967 and knighted nine years later in 1976, before being made a life peer in 1993.
Lord Attenborough your brightness has shed light onto the cinema forever. R.I.P. – Nuke the Fridge
Sources: BBC, IMDb