Richard Attenborough Overview:

Legendary actor, Richard Attenborough, was born Richard Samuel Attenborough on Aug 29, 1923 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Attenborough died at the age of 91 on Aug 24, 2014 in London, England .


Stocky, buoyant, boyish British actor whose film career divided itself into four phases: as weak and blustering youths (1942-1953); a genial, faintly roguish leading man (1953-1960); a versatile character star (1961-1970); a workmanlike and occasionally inspired director of daunting prestige subjects. Knighted in 1975. Married Sheila Sim (1922-2016) in 1945. Won the best director Oscar in 1983 for Gandhi. A stout campaigner and fighter for the British film industry, he proved its guiding light in the mid-1980s. His on-screen credits were limited to films he directed in the 1980s, but, on turning 70, he returned to acting in crusty character roles. Created Lord Attenborough in 1993.

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Richard Attenborough was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Director for Gandhi in 1982.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1982Best DirectorGandhi (1982)N/AWon

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Lew Moran: If you marched a hundred and six miles by the stars and your calculations were just one per cent out, you could pass the Eiffel Tower in daylight and never even see it.

Lew Moran: I don't know what your practical navigation's like, but mine's not bad. I wouldn't march ten paces from here. In the daytime it's hitting a hundred and twenty in the shade, and out there, there is no shade.

Pinkie Brown: [in a recording booth, making a disc for the doting, oblivious Rose] You wanted a recording of my voice, well here it is. What you want me to say is, 'I love you'. Well I don't. I hate you, you little slut...

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12/26/04: Members of his family - daughter Jane, son-in-law Michael Holland, grandchildren Sam, Lucy and Alice and Michael's mother Jane - were holidaying in Phuket, Thailand, when the area was hit by the South Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004. Lord Attenborough lost his daughter, her mother-in-law and his 14-year-old granddaughter Lucy in the tragedy. His elder granddaughter, 17-year-old Alice, was seriously injured and his son-in-law and grandson survived unscathed.

He was a close friend of the English actor Sir John Mills for many years, and gave the eulogy at his funeral in April 2005.

Along with Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner and Robert Redford one of six actors to win an Academy Award for "Best Director".

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