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RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Richard Attenborough was born on August 29th, 1923 in Cambridge, England, born to Mary Attenborough and Frederick Levi Attenborough.  He received his early years education at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys and also began working as a stage actor.    

During World War II he took a brief break from acting to serve in the Royal Air Force.  After he completed his military service he began finding work in films.  Some of his earlier credits include, "In Which We Serve" (1942) co-starring Noel Coward, Bernard Miles, John Mills, Celia Johnson and Juliet Mills, "It Started at Midnight" (1943), "Journey Together" (1945), "London Belongs to Me" (1948) also starring Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Stephen Murray, Wylie Watson and Susan Shaw and "Morning Departure" (1950) starring with John Mills, Nigel Patrick, Peter Hammond, George Cole and Bernard Lee.
 
He was now becoming known as one of the top 10 most popular British actors and he remained working mostly in British films.  Other film roles he added to his resume were in, "Private's Progress" (1956) co-starring Ian Carmichael, Terry Thomas, Christopher Lee and Dennis Price, and the sequel "I'm All Right Jack" (1959) with basically the same cast yet including Peter Sellers, "Guns at Batasi" (1964) and "The Great Escape" (1963) with an all star cast including James Garner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, David McCallum, Charles Bronson and Donald Pleasence to name a few.  He won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his role as Sergeant Major in the film, "Guns at Batasi" (1964) starring with Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson, John Leyton and Mia Farrow and "The Flight of the Phoenix" (1965) co-starring James Stewart, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Peter Finch, Ronald Fraser, Hardy Kruger, Ian Bannen, Christian Marquand and Ernest Borgnine.
 
Already quite popular in the industry he increased his fan base when he won two Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in the films, "The Sand Pebbles" (1967) starring Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Simon Oakland, Gavin MacLeod, Richard Loo, Barney Phillips, Ford Rainey and Richard Crenna and "Doctor Dolittle" (1968) starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar and Anthony Newley.
 
He took a break from acting after appearing in, "The Human Factor" (1979) starring with John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi and Nicol Williamson, to focus on working on the other side of the industry as a director and producer.  He formed the production company called, "Beaver Films and added such producer credits to his resume for the films, "The League of Gentlemen" (1959), "The Angry Silence" (1960) and "Whistle Down the Wind" (1961).  He also directed such films as, "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969), "Young Winston" (1972), "A Bridge Too Far" (1977) starring an ensemble cast including Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Hardy Kruger, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford and Maximilian Schell and "Ghandi" (1982) starring Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen and Rohini Hattangadi, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director. 
 
More recently he has returned to acting and has also continued working as a producer and director.  He has added to his directing resume the films, "A Chorus Line" (1985), "Cry Freedom" (1987),  "Chaplin" (1992) and "Shadowlands" (1993).  More recent acting credits included, "Jurassic Park" (1993), "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997), "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994), "Elizabeth" (1998), "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (1999) and he has done voice over work on the film, "Within the Way Without" (2004).    

Along with his work as an actor, director and producer he also serves as President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and he has served as the Chairman on such boards as, The Board of Governors of the British Film Institute, Chairman of Goldcrest Films and the President of the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation.   

In 1945 he married actress Sheila Sim and together they reside in England.  He has three children total, one of whom he lost in a Tsunami in Thailand.  He and his wife founded the Richard and Sheila Attenborough Visual Arts Centre as well as the Jane Holland Creative Centre for Learning which is dedicated to the memory of his daughter who he lost in 2004. 

He is an avid collector of Picasso Ceramics and also published an autobiography titled, "Entirely Up to You, Darling" in 2008. 
 
In 2008 Richard Attenborough suffered a fall and was in a coma for a couple days but was able to recover.  Sadly, he is now in a wheelchair as of 2011 and he has retired from the industry completely.  It is rumored that he will star in the next Jurassic film titled, "Jurassic Park IV", however his health might prevent him from this. 


Filmography

????   Jurassic Park IV

2006   Welcome to World War One

2004   Within the Way Without

2002   Puckoon

2001   Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story

2000   The Railway Children 

1999   Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 

1999   Tom and Vicky

1998   Elizabeth 

1998   Trespasser 

1997   The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Chaos Island 

1997   The Lost World: Jurassic Park 

1996   Hamlet 

1996   E=mc2

1994   Miracle on 34th Street 

1993   Jurassic Park 

1979   The Human Factor 

1977   A Bridge Too Far

1977   The Chess Players

1975   Conduct Unbecoming 

1975   Brannigan

1975   Rosebud

1974   Ten Little Indians

1972   Cup Glory 

1971   10 Rillington Place

1970   A Severed Head

1970   Loot

1970   The Last Grenade

1969   David Copperfield

1969   The Magic Christian

1968   The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom

1968   Only When I Larf 

1967   Doctor Dolittle

1966   The Sand Pebbles

1965   The Flight of the Phoenix 

1964   Guns at Batasi

1964   Seance on a Wet Afternoon

1964   The Third Secret

1963   The Great Escape

1962   Trial and Error

1962   All Night Long

1962   Only Two Can Play

1961   Whistle Down the Wind 

1960   The League of Gentlemen 

1960   The Angry Silence 

1959   SOS Pacific

1959   Jet Storm 

1959   I'm All Right Jack

1959   Breakout 

1958   Desert Patrol

1958   The Man Upstairs 

1958   Dunkirk 

1957   Strange Affection

1957   Brothers in Law

1956   The Baby and the Battleship

1956   Private's Progress

1955   PT Raiders 

1954   Eight O'Clock Walk 

1952   Father's Doing Fine 

1952   Glory at Sea 

1951   The Magic Box 

1951   Hell Is Sold Out

1950   BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 

1950   Operation Disaster

1949   Boys in Brown 

1949   The Lost People 

1948   The Outsider 

1948   Dulcimer Street 

1947   Brighton Rock 

1947   Dancing with Crime 

1947   The Smugglers

1946   Secret Flight 

1946   Stairway to Heaven

1945   Journey Together

1945   Think It Over

1944   The Hundred Pound Window

1943   It Started at Midnight

1942   In Which We Serve





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Matinee Classics - The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, Hannes Messemer, David McCallum, Gordon Jackson, John Leyton, Angus Lennie, Nigel Stock, Robert Graf, Jud Taylor, Hans Reisser, Harry Riebauer, William Russell, Robert Freitag, Ulrich Beiger, George Mikell, Lawrence Montaigne, Robert Desmond, Til Kiwe, Heinz Weiss and Tom Adams
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