Actor, director Richard Attenborough dead at 90

Tep Mayo – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

London, England, United Kingdom (4E) – Lord Richard Attenborough, most notably know as John Hammond in “Jurassic Park,” has died at the age of 90.

The British actor-director’s son told BBC News that Attenborough died at lunchtime on Sunday.

Although a remarkable actor, Attenborough received much more critical acclaim as a director.

In 1993, Attenborough has won two Academy Awards for “Gandhi” as producer and director. He also helmed the Robert Downey, Jr. starrer “Chaplin,” and the movie adaptation of “Shadowlands,” about “Narnia” author C.S. Lewis and his wife Joy Gresham.

Apart from acting in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” Attenborough was also remembered in movies such as “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Brighton Rock,” “The Great Escape,” and “10 Rillington Place.”

The British veteran actor-director’s first screen role was in the 1942 film “In Which We Serve,” as a cowardly sailor. However, Attenborough’s breakthrough role was Pinkie Brown, a psychopathic gangster, in the 1947 film adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel “Brighton Rock.”

Attenborough had been living in a nursing home with his wife, Sheila Sim, 92, for the past few years. In 2008, he suffered a stroke that resulted in a coma lasting several days, and earlier this year, his brother Sir David Attenborough, 86, said that Attenborough is “just not very well.”

Attenborough was also President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

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