Film legend Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

Lord Attenborough (pictured here) clutching his Academy awards, following his win for Best Picture and Best Director for Gandhi (1983).
Lord Attenborough (pictured here) clutching his Academy awards, following his win for Best Picture and Best Director for Gandhi (1983).

In the past few minutes it has been reported that the actor and director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.

Lord Attenborough’s son told the BBC News that his father had passed away at around lunch time today.

In a career that had spanned over six decades, Lord Attenborough had appeared in a wide range of feature films either as a actor or director. In his acting career he was best known for his role as Big X in “The Great Escape“, Kris Kringle/Santa Claus in “Miracle on 34th Street” and John Hammond in “Jurassic Park“. He was also a credited film director, he won two Academy Awards as director of “Gandhi” in 1983, he also was nominated as best director in 1985 and 1987 for his directorial work in “A Chorus Line” and “Cry Freedom“.

Lord Attenborough directed his last film in 2007, following a stroke in December 2008, he resided at Denville Hall retirement home in London. A strong Labour supporter, Attenborough was welcomed to the House of Lords as Baron Attenborough of Richmond upon Thames.

He was the brother of Broadcaster and Conservationist Sir David Attenborough, he had been married to actress Sheila Sim for 69 years with whom he leaves two surviving children.

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