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This past weekend, Lord Richard Attenborough passed away at the age of 90. Renowned for his stage and film acting as well as his directing, Attenborough leaves behind a legacy that looms quite large. An Oscar-winner for his direction and production of Gandhi, Attenborough dazzled audiences for over six decades on screen acting in classics such as Doctor Dolittle, The Great Escape, and Brighton Rock and behind the camera directing other classics such as A Bridge Too Far, Cry Freedom and Chaplin. Attenborough‘s charitable efforts were as immense as his record on stage and film. He had been a longtime supporter (50+ years) of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2004, he became the organization’s Honorary Life President and in 2012, the Richard Attenborough Fellowship Fund was established, “to honour his commitment to world-class research and offer Fellowships to enable clinical research and training at leading neuromuscular centres in the UK.”
I have to admit that most of the notices of his passing listed him as “Richard Attenborough, Jurassic Park actor…” – laughable to think that’s how he will mostly be remembered.
RIP, Lord Attenborough.
Here he is winning the two Oscars for Gandhi: