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.”

4. Actor Mia Farrow, who appeared with Attenborough in 1964’s Guns at Batasi, tweeted her tribute:

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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Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U were the best Santa ever. #miracleon34thstreet @MaraWritesStuff @Elizbethperkins

— Dylan McDermott (@DylanMcDermott)

Actor Richard Attenborough dies at 90” Terribly sad. He will always be my Kris Kringle. #miracleon34thstreet

— Elizabeth Perkins (@Elizbethperkins)

Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace.

— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff)

9. Wilson, who tragically lost co-star Robin Williams only two weeks ago, added this:

I knew he had lived a good long life and wasn't in the best of health, but it still comes as a shock and I'm still sad.

— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff)

10. Former Labour MP Peter Hain and Labour MP Diane Abbott celebrated Attenborough’s values.

Really sad news death Richard Attenborough brilliant actor film director anti-apartheid @UKLabour @chelseafc stalwart lovely man &friend

— Peter Hain (@PeterHain)

Richard Attenborough's unstinting and passionate support for the anti - apartheid struggle here and in South Africa will stand test of time

— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott)

12. Sir Roger Moore, David Cameron, and Stephen Fry added tributes:

Greatly saddened to hear the great Richard Attenborough has left us. Such a wonderful and talented man.

— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore)

His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron)

Sad to hear of Dickie Attenborogh. Family secret - he was Richard and David Dave. True story. He did so so much in so many arenas.

— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry)

15. Both Neil Gaiman and David Walliams posted clips of Attenborough in the classic British film noir Brighton Rock.

How I will remember Richard Attenborough:

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself)

Richard Attenborough as Pinkie in 'Brighton Rock' from 1947. One of the greatest film performances of all time.

— David Walliams (@davidwalliams)

19. And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shared an inspiring Attenborough quote:

"I believe we need heroes...we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by." - Richard Attenborough

— The Academy (@TheAcademy)

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of esteemed filmmaker and former BAFTA President Lord Attenborough:


From 'Gandhi' to 'Cry Freedom' + his hatred for apartheid - the magnificent Sir Richard Attenborough has passed away.

— Martin Bashir (@MartinBashir)

Richard Attenborough was a true friend to my Grandfather and a kind, kind man. RIP. #legend

— Jonny Lee Miller (@jonnyjlm)

RIP Lord Richard Attenborough our dear friend from the Jurassic period.

— ILM Visual Effects (@ILMVFX)

Beautiful memories of #RichardAttenborough as Lord Cecil in Elizabeth. Amazing director. Amazing actor to work with. Amazing human being.

— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur)

25. Actor Simon Pegg just shared this classic image.

— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg)

26. And comedian Marcus Brigstocke, along with Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, left reminders of Richard Attenborough’s impressive body of work.

What an extraordinary, wonderful and varied goodie bag of brilliant work Richard Attenborough leaves us to enjoy. RIP.

— Marcus Brigstocke (@marcusbrig)

If you only know the cuddly Attenborough in Jurassic Park, see him be just terrifying in Brighton Rock & 10 Rillington Place. Amazing actor.

— edgarwright (@edgarwright)

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