|Richard Attenborough Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6½ in|
|Date of Birth||August 29, 1923|
|Date of Death||August 24, 2014|
Richard Attenborough was an English actor, filmmaker, and entrepreneur who was well-known for having an illustrious career in which he directed the Oscar-winning film, Gandhi (1982) and featured in films like Doctor Dolittle (1967), Jurassic Park (1993), The Great Escape (1963), Brighton Rock (1948), etc.
Richard Samuel Attenborough
He was born on August 29, 1923.
He passed away on August 24, 2014, from old age in Northwood, London at the age of 90 years.
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Actor, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur
- Father – Frederick Attenborough (Scholar, Academic Administrator)
- Mother – Mary Clegg
- Siblings – David Attenborough (Younger Brother) (Broadcaster, Biologist, Natural Historian, Author), John Attenborough (Younger Brother) (Executive, Financial Advisor)
At the time of his death, his net worth was $20 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Richard had dated –
- Sheila Sim (1945-2014) – He was married to actress Sheila Sim from January 22, 1945, until his death in August 2014. Together, they had raised 3 children named Michael Attenborough (b. February 13, 1950), Jane Attenborough (September 30, 1955 – December 26, 2004), and Charlotte Attenborough (b. June 29, 1959).
Race / Ethnicity
He had English ancestry.
However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ due to his advanced age.
- Warm persona
- Short height
Richard Attenborough Facts
- He was keen on making a film about the life of Mahatma Gandhi for many years before directing the acclaimed biographical film, Gandhi in 1982. The film was listed as the 34th ‘Greatest British Film of the 20th Century’.
- The title of ‘Life President of Chelsea F.C.’ was conferred upon Attenborough in 2008.
- He had officially retired from acting in 1978, but he returned for a role in Steven Spielberg‘s, Jurassic Park (1993) because he felt bad that his film Gandhi (1982) was awarded the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar over Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
- Attenborough was the last World War II veteran to win an Academy Award for ‘Best Director’.
- He had once stated that he would come back from acting retirement only for the role of Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film franchise. The role, however, went to Richard Harris and Michael Gambon.
- Richard was made President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2003. The previous person to occupy that designation was Princess Diana from 1989 to 1997.
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