Born in Cambridge in 1923 as the son of a university college principal, Attenborough left his Leicester home at the age of 17 to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Lord Attenborough won two Best Actor Awards from the British Film Academy for Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Guns at Batasi. A succession of major films followed in the 1960s, including Flight of the Phoenix, The Sand Pebbles, Dr. Doolittle, The Great Escape, The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom and The Chess Player.
Lord Attenborough made his directorial debut in 1969 with Oh! What a Lovely War, followed by Young Winston, A Bridge Too Far and Magic.
In 1982, he achieved a lifelong dream of producing and directing the epic film Gandhi, which won five British Academy Awards and eight American Oscars with Attenborough receiving the prestigious Best Film and Best Director awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
Since then, he has directed A Chorus Line, Cry Freedom, Chaplin and most recently, In Love and War.
Richard Attenborough Facts
|Birth Name||Sir Richard Samuel Attenborough|
|Birthday||August 29, 1923 (99)|
|Birthplace||Cambridge, England, United Kingdom|
|Height||5' 7" (1m70) How tall is Richard Attenborough compared to you?|
|Awards||1983 Academy Awards: Best Director (for Gandhi)|
|1983 Golden Globe Awards: Best Director - Motion Picture (for Gandhi)|
|1968 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Doctor Dolittle)|
|1967 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for The Sand Pebbles)|
|The Children Who Cheated the Nazis|
|In Which We Serve|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park|
|The Great Escape|
|Jurassic Park Collection: Jurassic Park|
|Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat|