Actor-director Sir Richard Attenborough dies

Some knew him as Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and many of us remember him as the driven genius John Hammond who brought dinosaurs back into the modern age in Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). Whatever the role, be it as an actor in a long list of movies beginning in 1942 or as an Oscar winning director (Gandhi-1982), Sir Richard Attenborough brought a great presence to the screen, in a wide variety of roles. On Sunday, after a long illness, Attenborough passed away. The son confirmed the actor-director’s death to the BBC. Richard Attenborough was 90 years old.

Attenborough’s first movie was in 1942, a film titled In Which We Serve. Some of his best known roles were from The Great Escape (1963), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Doctor Dolittle ( 1967), Ten Little Indians (1974), and of course Jurassic Park and the Miracle on 34th Street remake. He also directed twelve films, his first, Oh! What A Lovely War, in 1969, and his final film, Closing the Ring, in 2007. He won both the Best Director Oscar and a Golden Globe for Gandhi in 1983, and took home a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago International Film Festival in 2000.

Attenborough leaves behind a wife, Sheila Sim, and three children- his son Michael and his two daughters, Jane and Charlotte.

Thomas Juretus

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