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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Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [speaking with the Oxford crew, before the annual Boat Race] We have come here, in fact, to make you a very interesting offer...
Youngman Grand, Esq.: ...of money.
Oxford crew: [as the whole crew laughs] I think... I think they're trying to bribe us!
Oxford coach: [giving a matter-of-fact look] They ARE.

Bill Randall (skipper of 1087: You'll never get away with this!
George Hoskins: Let's try, shall we?

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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2002-: Third president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

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