Colleagues And Admirers Pay Tribute To Actor And Director Richard Attenborough

“He was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in.” – Mara Wilson

1. British actor and film director Richard Attenborough died on 24 August 2014, at the age of 90.

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The star of the Jurassic Park franchise also had leading roles in The Great Escape and Brighton Rock, and directed several acclaimed films, including 1982’s multi-Oscar-winning biopic Gandhi.

Colleagues, admirers, and fans remembered him on social media.

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Sir Ben Kingsley, who played Gandhi in the eponymous movie, released this statement to the media:

“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 absolute trust in him and grew to love him.”

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Steven Spielberg, who worked with Attenborough on the Jurassic Park series, said:

“Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life – family, friends, country and career. 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 friend, and I am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him.”

5. Dylan McDermott, Elizabeth Perkins, and Mara Wilson – who co-starred with him in 1994’s Miracle on 34th Street – expressed their sadness.

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