The News Minute | August 25, 2014 | 7:09am IST
Lord Richard Attenborough, the award winning British director, actor and producer died on Sunday at the age of 90. No reason was reported for the cause of death, but he was known to be unwell for the last couple of years. His son told the BBC that he died around lunchtime on Sunday, and that the family will make a full statement on Monday.
Lord Attenborough started his movie career in 1942, and within this time frame has acted, directed and produced several films. His breakthrough came in 1947 when he portrayed the character of 'Pinkie Brown' in the movie Brighton Rock. In 1963, he acted in The Great Escape, where he was RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett ("Big X"), the head of the escape committee. In 1993, he played the role of John Hammond in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park and the sequel in 1997, Lost World : Jurassic Park.
In 1982, he won 2 Oscars for Best Director and as the film's producer, for Best Picture for his historical epic Gandhi , a project he had been attempting to get made for 18 years.
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