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
Actor Richard Attenborough Dead at 90
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)

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. (More Richard Attenborough stories.)

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