Richard Attenborough Dead: Oscar-Winning Director and Actor Dies at 90

Celebrity News Aug. 24, 2014 AT 6:30PM
Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90 Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90 Credit: David Hartley/REX USA

Hollywood has lost a gem. Oscar-winning director and actor Richard Attenborough died on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the age of 90. 

With more than 70 years in the movie business, the late Attenborough became a celebrated cinema staple. He took home the Academy Award for Best Director for 1982's Gandhi, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. He continued his directing work on movies such as 1985's A Chorus Line, 1992's Chaplin, and 1999's Grey Owl.

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Attenborough also had an active acting career, earning more than 50 credits for his roles in films like 1963's The Great Escape, 1993's Jurassic Park, 1994's Miracle on 34th Street remake, and 1998's Elizabeth.

Born in Cambridge, England, the British star started making big-screen appearances in his early 20s. He also produced films and got an early start with stage acting. 

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Survived by his wife Sheila Sim and their two children, Attenborough was remembered on Sunday by his friends and colleagues. 

UK Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted about Attenborough following his passing, writing, "His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."

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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."

Piers Morgan wrote, "Dear dear Dickie: a true legend of the screen and a delightful man. Very sad news. RIP.  #RichardAttenborough."

Attenborough's Miracle on 34th Street costar Mara Wilson added, "Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace."

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