Richard Attenborough an Oscar-winning director for the much-lauded “Gandhi” and who also brought the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in ‘Jurassic Park’, died Sunday at age 90.
Richard Attenborough was born on August 29, 1923 in Cambridge, England. Knighted in 1976 and made a baron in June 1993, he was the elder brother of naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough.
Attenborough, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1941. In 1942 played his first film part in Noel Coward’s “”In Which We Serve.”
He later joined the Royal Air Force, qualifying as a pilot, and in 1944 volunteered for a unit filming over Germany.
He lost his daughter Jane and granddaughter in the tsunami that hit Thailand the day after Christmas in 2004. Attenborough said he was never able to celebrate the Christmas holidays after that.
Attenborough suffered a stroke in 2008 and was confined to a wheelchair. He had been living in a care home with his wife, actress Sheila Sim.
He is survived by his wife, their son and a daughter.