Richard Attenborough Cause Of Death – Richard Attenborough, a well-known stage and screen actor in the United Kingdom who reinvented himself to become the internationally acclaimed director of the epic “Gandhi” and other films, died on Sunday. He was 90. According to the BBC, his son, Michael, verified his death.
Mr. Attenborough was a well-known actor in the United Kingdom until the early 1960s, but he was less known in the United States. In London, he played the lead detective in Agatha Christie’s drama “The Mousetrap.” In a dramatization of Graham Greene’s “Brighton Rock” (1947), he made an early mark as the psychopath Pinkie Brown.
But it wasn’t until he co-starred with Steve McQueen and a stellar ensemble cast in his first Hollywood blockbuster, “The Great Escape,” in 1963, that he earned a trans-Atlantic following. His performance as a British officer planning an escape from a German POW camp was crucial to one of the most respected and enjoyable World War II films.
That performance cemented his place in Hollywood and paved the path for a string of high-profile assignments. In “The Flight of the Phoenix” (1965), a survival drama about a plane accident in the desert, he played the alcoholic navigator opposite James Stewart’s pilot. He won back-to-back Golden Globes for best supporting actor, first in “The Sand Pebbles” (1966), in which he co-starred with Steve McQueen and was set during China’s civil war in the 1920s, and then in the whimsical.
“Doctor Dolittle” (1967), in which he played Albert Blossom, a circus owner, alongside Rex Harrison as the veterinarian who talks to animals. He played a British general in 19th-century India in Satyajit Ray’s film “The Chess Players” (1977). Years later, Mr. Attenborough became well-known to a new generation of moviegoers as the affluent CEO of a genetic engineering firm whose cloned dinosaurs go amok in Steven Spielberg’s box office smash “Jurassic Park.”
Mr. Attenborough’s acting was infrequent for the majority of his later career, as he spent much of his time to directing. Making a Classic His greatest accomplishment was the vast but intimate biographical film “Gandhi” (1982). The film follows Mohandas K. Gandhi’s life as an Indian lawyer who abandons his job and possessions and takes up a walking staff to lead his oppressed country’s fight for independence from Britain through a campaign of passive resistance, culminating in his assassination.