Date
17 October 2017
Richard Attenborough: "Of course I'd rather have nice things written about me, but I'm not a great auteur, I'm not a great director. I'm a good director. I have an ability to make people examine certain circumstances." Photo:
Richard Attenborough: "Of course I'd rather have nice things written about me, but I'm not a great auteur, I'm not a great director. I'm a good director. I have an ability to make people examine certain circumstances." Photo:

British film giant Richard Attenborough dies at 90

British film actor and director Richard Attenborough died at lunchtime on Sunday, just days before his 91st birthday on Aug. 29, The Guardian reported, citing a statement from his son Michael.

After forging a career as an actor in films including Brighton Rock and The Great Escape, he became an acclaimed film director, with Gandhi in 1983 garnering eight Academy awards — a record for a British film — including best director, according to the newspaper.

In 2008 Lord Attenborough suffered a stroke that left him in a coma for several days and confined him to a wheelchair. In 2013 he was moved to a nursing home in west London where he lived with his wife Sheila Sim, 92, whom he married in 1945. 

Born in 1923 in Cambridge, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1940, which was the only reason his father –a principal of University College in Leicester — agreed to allow him to attend, The Guardian said.

His best known films as an actor included Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and Jurassic Park, The Independent reported.

As a director, Gandhi could be considered as the critical highlight of his career. But he had other well-received movies, including A Bridge Too Far (1977), A Chorus Line (1985), Cry Freedom (1987), Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993), which won a Bafta for best British film, The Guardian said.

“Of course I’d rather have nice things written about me, but I’m not a great auteur, I’m not a great director. I’m a good director. I have an ability to make people examine certain circumstances,” the newspaper quoted him as saying in 2003.

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