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

(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.

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.
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)
In this May 17, 1970 file photo, Richard Attenborough portrays mass murderer John Reginald Christie in 10 Rillington Place alongside John Hurt, right, and Judy Geeson in London, England.
In this May 17, 1970 file photo, Richard Attenborough portrays mass murderer John Reginald Christie in "10 Rillington Place" alongside John Hurt, right, and Judy Geeson in London, England.   (AP Photo/Bob Dear, File)
In this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 file photo, British actor and director Richard Attenborough arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards in London.
In this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 file photo, British actor and director Richard Attenborough arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards in London.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
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