Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

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Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies at 90
LONDON— Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.

The actor’s son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday.

Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director for his brilliant film “Gandhi” in 1982. But that signature achievement was only one of many highlights of a distinguished career.

Attenborough was one of the most familiar faces on the British arts scene, appearing in a many major Hollywood films and also directing a series of movies. He was also known for his extensive work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and other humanitarian causes.
Very fine actor.
I remember him in "Flight of the Phoenix"
His awards make quite a list:

Richard Attenborough - Awards - IMDb
Liked the way he narrated a doc.

RIP sir. You shall be missed.
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Liked the way he narrated a doc.

RIP sir. You shall be missed.

Wasn't that David Attenborough, his brother you're talking about?

Oh, brother: Tributes flow for David Attenborough, as Richard Attenborough dies
Oh, brother: Tributes flow for David Attenborough, as Richard Attenborough dies (external - login to view)

Social media has exploded as users mourn the death of TV wildlife presenter David Attenborough. The problem is, he isn't dead.

Attenborough's brother, British director and actor Richard Attenborough, died on Sunday at the age of 90 after battling a long illness.

During his career - which spanned six decades - Attenborough appeared in movies such as Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and Jurassic Park, and directed Gandhi, which marked the highlight of his career - the movie won eight Oscars, including best film and best director.

But despite his success, it appears Attenborough's younger brother has stolen the limelight, with thousands of Twitter users mistakenly paying tribute to the world-renowned broadcaster and wildlife documentary maker on Monday.

Upon hearing the news, user "Richard" tweeted: "David Attenborough you will be sorely missed!", before another user, "Chloe-Amanda Bailey", corrected him with a terse: "you mean Richard* Attenborough".

Another fan, "Elise", farewelled Sir David with an: "RIP David Attenborough xo", while amused user "KC" said: "Some lovely tweets paying respect to David Attenborough tonight. I'm sure he'll enjoy reading them, what with him not being dead & all that".

Even a major Canadian newspaper, the Toronto Star, became confused, and tweeted a picture of a moose "selfie" in honour of the late Attenborough, saying on Twitter: "RIP Sir Richard Attenborough. In honour we present these 'Wildlife selfies' from Parks Canada".

The newspaper soon corrected the mistake after other users pointed out it had the right name, but wrong brother.

Other fans have also been unable to match the brothers' names with their careers, with one user tweeting: "Sir David Attenborough's performance in The Great Escape will never be forgotten, nor his work in British cinema. RIP Sir David".

But some Twitter vigilantes have taken to correcting their misguided fellow users, replying to each incorrect tribute and asking the user to correct themselves.
"You mean Richard* Attenborough. David's brother," wrote one.

Richard Samuel Attenborough was born in Cambridge on August 29, 1923, and won his first acting role at 17 when Noel Coward cast him in a small but decisive role in In Which We Serve.

After acting, Attenborough became a notable film director, before pursuing a vast number of positions outside cinema, most notably being chairman of Britain's Channel 4 from 1987 to 1993.
Wow. I didn't know he was that old.
Richard Attenborough: 29th August 1923 - 24th August 2014

Famous for playing Pinkie Brown in that brilliant 1947 British film Brighton Rock and for starring in The Great Escape (that Yank movie where they try to make out that Yanks actually took part in the real Great Escape) as Sqn. Ldr. Roger Bartlett and in Jurassic Park as the park's creator John Hammond.

As a film director and producer, Lord Attenborough won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards

Richard Attenborough as villain Pinkie Brown in 1947 British film Brighton Rock. The film's real-life theme was the race-track gangs of the 1930s, which fought public battles with straight razors in their competition to control crime at racecourses in southern England. One of these racecourses was at Brighton, a popular seaside resort. Many of these resorts sold peppermint candy rock imprinted with the town's name.

As Sqn. Ldr. Roger Bartlett in The Great Escape

As the park's creator John Hammond in Jurassic Park

Talented family: Lord Attenborough with his younger brother, the renowned TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough, pictured in Leicester in 2006, where they grew up together

The only thing that let the WWII veteran down was his politics. Apart from a brief flirtation with the Social Democrats (who merged with the Liberals in 1988 to form the Liberal Democrats) he was a lifelong member of the Labour Party. Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has called his death "a great loss to the Labour movement."

He was the older brother of TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough; John Attenborough, a former Alfa Romeo executive who died in 2012; and the late Helga and Irene Bejach, two German-Jewish refugee girls who were took in by Richard's parents during WWII and who became adopted by the Attenboroughs after the war when it was discovered their parents had been killed.

The most tragic point in Richard and his wife Sheila's life must have been the death of their eldest daughter, 49-year-old Jane Holland, as well as her mother-in-law, also named Jane, and Attenborough's 15-year-old granddaughter, Lucy, in the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. Attenborough later described the Boxing Day of 2004 as "the worst day of my life". Attenborough had two other children, Michael and Charlotte. Michael is a theatre director and the former artistic director of the Almeida Theatre in London and is married to actress Karen Lewis; they have two sons. Charlotte is an actress, and has three children

Lord Attenborough had a long association with Chelsea FC. He was a club director when they won the FA Cup in 1970 (above; he's on the far left) and later life president

BBC News - Obituary: Richard Attenborough (external - login to view)

British actor and film director Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. Here are images from his illustrious career: (external - login to view)
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