By Dayo Laniyan
According to his own son, the Oscar winning film director and actor Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, at lunchtime on Sunday.
During the middle of the century, Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s best actors, before he moved on to becoming a highly successful director.
He left behind an acting career that spanned six decades, appearing in films such as Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and Jurassic Park. He had directed films including A Bridge Too Far, Cry Freedom and Gandhi, which earned him two Academy Awards as director and producer. Later films would be Chaplin and Shadowlands.
Sir Ben Kingsley, who played the title role in Gandhi said that he would “miss him dearly”.
“Richard Attenborough trusted me with the crucial and central task of bringing to life a dream it took him 20 years to bring to fruition.
“When he gave me the part of Gandhi it was with great grace and joy, He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolutely trust in him and grew to love him.”
Steven Spielberg, Director of Jurassic Park said about Lord Attenborough:
“He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic Gandhi and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in Jurassic Park. He was a dear and I ‘am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him.”
It has been revealed that Lord Attenborough was being cared for full-time at a nursing home where he lived with his wife Sheila Sim, 92, who he married in 1945.
Earlier this year, his brother the TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough,86, said: “He is coming up to 90. He’s just not very well.”