~~August 24, 2014~~
Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE (29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014) was an English actor, film director, producer and entrepreneur. He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
As a film director and producer, he won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He has also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor he is perhaps best known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park.
He was the older brother of Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist and broadcaster, and John Attenborough, who was an executive at Alfa Romeo.
Attenborough was born on 29 August 1923 in Cambridge, England, the eldest of three sons of Mary Attenborough (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. Attenborough was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and studied at RADA.
In September 1939, the Attenboroughs took in two German-Jewish refugee girls, Helga and Irene Bejach (aged 9 and 11 respectively), who lived with them in College House and were adopted by the family after the war when it was discovered that their parents had been killed. They moved to America in the 1950s and lived with an uncle, where they married and took American citizenship. They are both now deceased.
During the Second World War, Attenborough served in the Royal Air Force. After initial pilot training he was seconded to the newly formed RAF Film Unit at Pinewood Studios, under the command of Flight Lieutenant John Boulting (whose brother Peter Cotes would later direct Attenborough in the play The Mousetrap) where he appeared with Edward G. Robinson in the propaganda film Journey Together (1943).
He then volunteered to fly with the Film Unit and after further training, where he sustained permanent ear damage, qualified as a sergeant, flying on several missions over Europe filming from the rear gunner’s position to record the outcome of Bomber Command sorties.
In August 2008 Attenborough entered hospital with heart problems and was fitted with a pacemaker. In December 2008 he suffered a fall at his home after a stroke,] and was admitted to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, southwest London. He went into a coma, but came out of it within a few days.
Attenborough on 24 August 2014, five days before his ninety-first birthday.
~His career in movie clips~
~~David Attenborough – Wonderful World – BBC~~
Sir David at his very best – To honor the 85-year-old national treasure who just concluded narrating his final series on the BBC, a UK ad agency mashed up footage from his BBC shows with his spoken-word recording of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”
~~Published on Aug 24, 2014~~
Jurrassic Park Actor Richard Attenborough died today at the age of 90. The british actor died at lunchtime on a beautiful sunday said Lord Attenborough his son. He was also an amazing director as well. Richard Attenborough died at the age of 90, a very respectful age, he had a great life indeed, being an actor and film maker. The great escape, Brighton Rock, and Jurassic park are the big films for attenborough. Many will remember him for his funny smile, his white beard, and his big glasses and panama jack style hat.
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You always do a lovely job of chronicling the lives of these marvelous people. Thank you for this one.
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