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Oscar-winning Director of Gandhi, Richard Attenborough died at 90

Aug 25, 2014 10:10 IST

Richard AttenboroughOscar-winning British filmmaker and actor Richard Attenborough died on 24 August 2014 in London. He was in poor health for some time. He was 90.

Richard Attenborough was renowned for his critically-acclaimed biopic on Mahatma Gandhi.

About Richard Attenborough
• His greatest success was Gandhi, a film that won eight Oscars, including best picture
• Lord Attenborough also won an Academy Award for best director for Gandhi
• Some of the films in which he appeared were World War II prisoner of war thriller 'The Great Escape', Jurassic Park, Brighton Rock, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street and others  
• Some film directed by him includes Grey Owl, In Love and War, Shadowlands, Chaplin, Cry Freedom, A Chorus Line, Gandhi, Young Winston
• Before converting himself into a director, he was a leading actor
• He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
• Attenborough was born on 29 August 1923 in Cambridge, England
• During World War II, Attenborough served in the Royal Air Force.
• He was elected to the post of Chancellor of the University of Sussex on 20 March 1998
• In 1967, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
• He was knighted in 1976
• He created a life peer in 1993

Richard Attenborough in films
• He started his film career with a role in 1942 in a film named In Which We Serve in the role of a deserting sailor
• His breakthrough role was in the film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel, Brighton Rock (1947) in which he played a role of psychopathic young gangster
• In his stage career, Attenborough starred in the London West End production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. This went on to become one of the world's longest-running stage productions
• In 1967 and 1968, he won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards in the category of Best Supporting Actor for The Sand Pebbles (1966) and Doctor Dolittle (1967)
• He played role of Gen. Outram in Indian director Satyajit Ray's period piece, Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)
• In 1950s, Attenborough with Bryan Forbes formed a production company, Beaver Films
• His most recent films, as director and producer, included Chaplin that was released in 1992

Other facts about Richard Attenborough
• In 2003, he was made President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), a role that had been vacant since the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
• In 2002, he became the third president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
• From 1971-94, he was the Vice-president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
• In 1990, he was Freeman of the City of Leicester, England
• In 1993, he was Fellow of King's College, London
• He was a Life Vice-President of Chelsea Football Club

• On 20 November 2008 in Glasgow, Attenborough was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)
• Attenborough was an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University for his contributions to film making

 

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