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Monday, August 25, 2014

Remembering Richard Attenborough and His Films

Actor and director Richard Attenborough, who died Sunday at age 90, received two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for the 1982 film, Gandhi. He also won three Golden Globes for Best Director (Gandhi) and for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in The Sand Pebbles (1966) and Doctor Dolittle (1967).

To celebrate Mr. Attenborough's life and career, I'm featuring 12 of his most memorable films that he directed or starred in (in chronological order):

He played Kim Stanley's husband in Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964).

He starred in The Sand Pebbles (1966) with Steve McQueen, Richard Crenna and Candice Bergen.

He starred in Doctor Dolittle (1967) with Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar and Anthony Newley.

He played Shirley MacLaine's husband in The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968).

He directed Anthony Hopkins and Ann-Margret in Magic (1978).

He directed Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen and Martin Sheen in Gandhi (1982).

He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director for A Chorus Line (1985).

He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director for Cry Freedom (1987)

He directed Robert Downey, Jr. in Chaplin (1992).

He starred in Jurassic Park (1993) and the 1997 sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

He directed Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in Shadowlands (1993).

He played Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street.


joel65913 said...

I didn't always love the films he directed although Shadowlands was very good but I really liked him as an actor. Brighton Rock, The Flight of the Phoenix and Elizabeth are the ones that come to mind first where his presence was memorable. I know there were many others.

mike/ said...

i was working in Central America until Monday & just saw this about Sir Richard. i had the great pleasure of getting to know him a bit when he was in Chicago filming "Miracle on 34th Street." I remember laughing a lot. he never wanted for stories - one after another - and he loved great wines. my life is enriched for even the brief time I met him. thanks for posting this.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thank you, Mike, for sharing your personal story.