25 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Richard Attenborough The He had an amazing life. Jurassic Park actor has died.
According to IMDb, "some believe Steven Spielberg cast Richard Attenborough as John Hammond to thank him for his support on Oscar night when Gandhi trounced E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."
Hammond creates the dinosaurs from
DNA trapped in amber. Attenborough's brother is TV naturalist David, whose collection of animals in amber is the focus of BBC film (2004). The Amber Time Machine
When Hurricane Iniki hit Hawaii during the filming of
Jurassic Park, cast and crew were moved into the hotel ballroom. Attenborough stayed in his room and slept through the category four storm.
Attenborough's film career began with an uncredited role as a deserting sailor in the Noel Coward wartime drama
(1942). In Which We Serve
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His breakthrough film role was as a
"psychopathic young gangster" in the film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel, Brighton Rock (1947).
57 years after he starred in
Brighton Rock, his son Michael Attenborough (pictured here on his wedding day with actress wife Jane Seymour), directed a musical version of the novel.
Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim starred in the original London West End production of
The Mousetrap, the world's longest-running play, which opened in 1952.
"It proved to be the wisest business decision I've ever made" wrote Attenborough
in his memoir.
It was Attenborough's
life ambition to direct Gandhi (1982).
apparently wanted Gandhi to be sexy, and to be played by Richard Burton.
first offered Candice Bergen her cameo role in Gandhi (as documentary photographer Margaret Bourke-White) in 1966 while they were filming The Sand Pebbles .
The film won eight Academy Awards and was nominated for three more. Source:
Attenborough and his wife Sheila married in 1945.
While making his 1987 film
Cry Freedom, about the activist Steve Biko, Attenborough was tailed by secret police after meeting Winnie Mandela. Attenborough was a supporter and friend of Nelson Mandela.
Attenborough was friends with Princess Diana – pictured here in 1997 with his granddaughter Lucy Holland – who would refer to herself jokingly as
"the other lady in his life".
Attenborough was Chelsea Football Club's
Attenborough with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at the club's 2004 crest launch.
Attenborough is survived by his naturalist/TV presenter brother David.
The brothers, who grew up in Leicester, were awarded the title of Distinguished Honorary Fellows from the University of Leicester in 2006.
Lord Attenborough: 1923 – 2014.
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