Death of Richard Attenborough: A much-loved fixture of British film
Published on Aug 25, 2014 6:39 AM
LONDON (AFP) - Taking turns as an actor, producer and director and picking up a mantlepiece full of awards along the way, Richard Attenborough, 90, was a much-loved and long admired fixture in the British film industry.
From his first acting role in the 1942 war movie In Which We Serve, the acclaimed Brighton Rock, through to the multiple Oscar-winning Gandhi, which he directed, and Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, he dominated the British film industry during a long and hugely successful career.
A member of the House of Lords, he was also tireless in his charity work, including as a goodwill ambassador to Unicef, was president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and life president of Chelsea football club.
A man with strong family ties, he married his wife Sheila at 21, and lived in the same house for five decades in south-west London, an area that was also home to his younger brother David, the famous naturalist and wildlife presenter.
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