Actor Richard Attenborough Dead at 90
Oscar-winner starred in 'Brighton Rock' and 'The Great Escape'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2014 4:58 PM CDT
In this Monday, April 11, 1983 file photo, British actor and director Richard Attenborough holds his two Oscars for his epic movie "Gandhi" at the 55th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Oscar-winning actor and director Richard Attenborough died today in a London nursing home at the age of 90, his son tells the BBC. Attenborough amassed 74 acting credits over 60 years, starring in acclaimed films like Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, and Miracle on 34th Street, and later the Steven Spielberg blockbuster Jurassic Park, the Daily Mail reports. He also took home the Best Director Oscar for Gandhi, which won eight Academy Awards including Best Film. Confined to a wheelchair for years, Attenborough's health declined in 2013 after a stroke put him in a temporary coma, the Guardian reports. Born in England, Attenborough began acting at age 12, debuted professionally at 18, and was knighted in 1976.

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Aug 25, 2014 9:45 PM CDT
He and is brother Sir David Attenborough were great and outspoken heroes of the Earth's ecology and all of natural sciences. He'll be missed... :-(
Aug 25, 2014 2:10 PM CDT
Another nice and very talented actor is gone. Rest in Peace Sir Richard, you will be missed.
Aug 25, 2014 9:53 AM CDT
Maybe they will encase him in amber so in 60,000,000 years they can dig him up, extract his DNA and become his own exhibit ? ? ?