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Richard Attenborough

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Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough (born August 29, 1923 in Cambridge, England) is an actor, director and film producer. He was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Lord Attenborough is President of RADA and chairman of Capital Radio. He is also the elder brother of the broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

His film career as an actor began with In Which We Serve in 1942, a role that would help to type-cast him for many years as spivs or cowards in films like London Belongs to Me (1948), Morning Departure (1950), and his breakthrough role as a young criminal in the film of Graham Greene's novel Brighton Rock in 1947. He worked prolifically in British films for the next 30 years, and in the 1950s appeared in several successful comedies for John and Roy Boulting, including Private's Progress (1956) and I'm All Right, Jack (1959).

In the late 1950s he formed a production company, Beaver Films, with Bryan Forbes and began to build a profile as a producer on projects including The League of Gentlemen (1959), The Angry Silence (1960) and Whistle Down the Wind (1961), also appearing in the first two of these as an actor. He continued to work in films in character roles throughout the decade, winning the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for Guns at Batasi in 1964.

In 1969 he made his first film as director, Oh! What a Lovely War, and his appearances as an actor became more sporadic. He directed two more epic period films, Young Winston (1972), based on the early life of Winston Churchill, and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He won the 1982 Academy Award for Directing for his historical epic, Gandhi, a project he had been attempting to get made for several years. As the film's producer, he also won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

In 1967 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, knighted in 1976 and in 1993 he was made a life peer as Baron Attenborough, of Richmond upon Thames in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

As of 2004, Lord Attenborough is the Chancellor of the University of Sussex. He was elected to the post on March 20, 1998, replacing the Duke of Richmond and Gordon.

He has been married to Sheila Sim since 1945 and had with her three children.

In December 2004, his elder daughter, Jane Holland, as well as her daughter, Lucy, and mother-in-law, also named Jane, were killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. [1] (http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3936825) A memorial service was held on March 8, 2005, and Attenborough read a lesson at the national memorial service on May 11, 2005.

Selected filmography

As an actor

As director

External links

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