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Richard Attenborough Dies at 90; Actor Directed ‘Gandhi,’ Appeared in ‘Jurassic Park’

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Richard Attenborough, the respected British actor and Academy Award-winning director of “Gandhi,” the multiple-Oscar-winning best picture of 1982, has died. He was 90.

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Lord Richard Attenborough attends the Galaxy British Book Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, in London, England. (Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Attenborough died Sunday, his son Michael told the BBC in London. No other details were immediately released.

Once described by Variety as “one of the stoutest pillars of the British film industry,” Attenborough was an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and a World War II veteran who became a familiar screen face in post-war British films.

Over more than six decades, he appeared in more than 70 films, including “Guns at Batasi,” “The Great Escape,” “Seance on a Wet Afternoon,” “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “10 Rillington Place,” “Brannigan,” “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and the 1994 remake of “Miracle on 34th Street,” in which he played Kris Kringle.

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