Richard Attenborough passed away over the weekend.
Attenborough was the performing arts’ renaissance man, having involved himself with great success in acting just as well as directing and producing. His final film as a director was “Closing the ring” (2007), although he’ll be remembered particularly for “Gandhi,” which I, and everyone else of my generation, discovered in 1983 with much emotion and relish. He won two Academy Awards for this epic-sized, $ 22M production which starred Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen and John Gielgud. Attenborough also won four BAFTA Awards (England’s answer to the Oscars) and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his roles in “Brighton Rock,” “The Great Escape,” “10 Rillington Place,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “Jurassic Park.”
Attenborough was born in Cambridge in 1923 and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, making his screen debut in 1942 in the Noel Coward/David Lean film “In which we serve.” He starred in a number of West End productions before his career as screen actor got launched.
Attenborough was involved in a number of philanthropic causes and also served as chairman of the British Film Institute. He was 90.