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Richard Attenborough Has Died at Age 90

August 24
6:15 2014
Richard Attenborough Has Died at Age 90

British actor, director, and producer Richard Lord Attenborough, best known for the Academy Award-winning film, Ghandi has died at age 90, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Early in his acting career, he appeared in the original cast of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap (1952) on the West End as Detective Sergeant Trotter, opposite his wife Sheila Slim.

His career included more than 70 screen appearances, earning 31 awards and an additional 16 nominations across many awards organizations. He won British Academy Awards for Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) and Guns at Batasi (1964), as well as Golden Globe Awards for The Sand Pebbles (1966) and Dr. Dolittle (1967).

In directing, he won a Golden Globe and Academy Award for directing Ghandi (1982), with an additional two nominations for Cry Freedom (1987) and the film adaptation of A Chorus Line (1985).

Attenborough served as the chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), was knighted in 1976, and became a life peer in 1993.

He notably appeared in the World War II POW film The Great Escape (1963) as Richard "Big X" Bartlett, opposite Steve McQueen and James Garner. His over 60-year film career included an appearance in Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World (1997) as John Hammond, even reprising his role for a short video played before the Universal Studios Jurassic Park ride.

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