British actor Richard Attenborough dies at 90

BY Andrew Mach  August 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM EDT
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British actor, director and producer Richard Attenborough died Sunday, his family said.

British actor and film director Richard Attenborough died Sunday, his family said. He was 90 years old.

Attenborough rose to fame as an actor with roles in films, including “Brighton Rock,” “The Great Escape,” “10 Rillington Place,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Jurassic Park.”

His critical achievement as a director came in 1983 when he won the Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards for the film, “Gandhi.” 

Between 2001-2010, he served as the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Attenborough had been wheelchair-bound, and in 2013, he moved into a nursing home to be with his wife, British actress Sheila Sim, the BBC reported.

He is survived by his three children and wife, who are expected to make a full statement on Monday.