Vivien Leigh and Victor Fleming on the set of Gone With The Wind (1939).
Richard Attenborough RIP, 29 August 1923 - 24 August 2014
British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told BBC News. Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director. In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park. As a director he was perhaps best known for Gandhi, which won two Oscars.
1. Attenborough in Powell & Pressberger’s A Matter of Life & Death aka Stairway to Heaven (1946)
2. Attenborough with Danny Kaye
3. “The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has been extremely close to my heart since I first joined the Group as a Vice President in 1962. I have never forgotten learning at first hand of the impact of muscular dystrophy on boys with Duchenne and being so moved and indeed distressed to find that there were really no effective treatments and indeed no sign of a cure even on the far horizon in those days,” Lord Attenborough said.” CREDIT: Muscular Dystrophy Page/Richard Attenborough Fellowship
4. Richard Attenborough & Audrey Hepburn w/their Best Actor/Actress awards at the BAFTAs in 1965. Credit: http://www.bafta.org/
5. Lord Attenborough celebrates the 60th birthday of the BAFTA in 2007. CREDITS: http://www.bafta.org
6. & 7. Promo shot & poster from The Man Within aka The Smugglers (Bernard Knowles, 1947) with Jean Kent, story by Graham Green
8. Directing Anthony Hopkins on the set of Shadowlands in 1993.
9. promotional shot of Attenborough on-set when he was directing the 1978 horror/thriller, Magic, which also starred Anthony Hopkins
10. Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, a film that continues to be well-loved over the years.
A #NoirCity favorite, Brighton Rock (John Boulting, 1947) featured Richard Attenborough as one of the most dark & “heavy” characters he would ever play in his entire career: Pinkie Brown.
As far as bad guys go, Pinkie will go down on the list of one of film noir’s most despicable and the 24-year-old Attenborough played it with aplomb. If you missed this at one of our Noir City film festivals, we suggest you seek this one out! It’s simply fantastic!!
R.I.P. Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)