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Richard Attenborough dead at 90: Oscar-winning director helmed 'Gandhi'

Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
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On Aug. 24, 2014, actor/director Richard Attenborough died at the age of 90. His son reported his death to the BBC.

According to the Associated Press, Attenborough "had been in poor health for some time."

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement calling Attenborough "one of the greats of cinema ... His acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning,"

Attenborough won two Oscars: one for directing and one for producing 1982's "Gandhi," which starred Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi. The movie won eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor (for Kingsley).

Kingsley commented after Attenborough's death: "He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him. I along with millions of others whom he touched through his life and work will miss him dearly."

As an actor, Attenborough's film credits included "Brighton Rock," "The Angry Silence," "The Great Escape," "Guns at Batasi," "The Sand Pebbles," ''Doctor Dolittle," ''10 Rillington Place," ''Jurassic Park" and the 1994 remake of "Miracle on 34th Street." As a director, Attenborough's other movies included "Oh! What a Lovely War," "A Bridge Too Far," ''A Chorus Line," ''Cry Freedom," ''Chaplin" and "Shadowlands."

In 1976, Attenborough was knighted, and was therefore titled "Sir." He was given the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize in 1983. In 1993, Attenborough received a life peerage and became Baron Attenborough of Richmond upon Thames.

Attenborough is survived by his wife, Sheila Sim; their son and daughter; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Attenborough and Sim had another daughter and a granddaughter who died in the December 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand.