Lord Richard Attenborough passes away aged 90

Lord Richard Attenborough passes away aged 90

A sad day for the British film industry

The legendary British actor best-known for his role in 'The Great Escape', and who later directed 'Chaplin' and 'Gandhi', has died

In a very sad few weeks for the film industry as a whole, it has been announced that Lord Richard Attenborough, the actor and film director, has died just days before his 91st birthday.

After leaving his career as an actor in films including Brighton Rock and The Great Escape, he became an acclaimed director, with Gandhi in 1983 claiming eight Academy awards – a record for a British film – including best director.

Known as "Dickie", the older brother of the nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, died on Sunday, according to his son, Michael.

Among those paying tribute to Attenborough today are David Cameron, who tweeted: "His acting in Brighton Rock was brilliant, his directing of Gandhi was stunning – Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."

Mia Farrow joined him and tweeted: "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' – and thank you."

Sir Roger Moore said he was "such a wonderful and talented man", while Ricky Gervais called him "one of the true greats of the silver screen".

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