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Born Aug. 29, 1923, in Cambridge, England, son of a college administrator, Richard Attenborough got his start as a popular juvenile actor of stage and screen. Beginning with 1942's In Which We Serve, he was often typecast as a nervous or cowardly youth; he was especially memorable as a young hoodlum in Brighton Rock.

Attenborough tackled character roles in such U.S. productions as The Great Escape and The Sand Pebbles before making his directorial debut with 1969's Oh! What a Lovely War. He fulfilled a lifelong dream in 1982 with Gandhi, winning Oscars as both producer and director.

Hollywood directing jobs followed, with A Chorus Line, Chaplin and others. In 1993, Steven Spielberg coaxed Attenborough back into acting for Jurassic Park. Subsequently, he has alternated sides of the camera, directing Shadowlands (1993) and appearing in Miracle on 34th Street (as Santa) and Elizabeth.

Richard Attenborough in The Great Escape

The Great Escape

1963 NR

Based on a true story, this tension-filled epic adventure centers on an audacious plan by Allied officers who've escaped their Nazi captors time and again to stage a massive breakout, this time from an ostensibly escape-proof German prison camp.

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  • Richard Attenborough in Chaplin: The Movie Chaplin: The Movie
  • Richard Attenborough in A Bridge Too Far A Bridge Too Far
  • Richard Attenborough in The Lost World: Jurassic Park The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Richard Attenborough in The Sand Pebbles The Sand Pebbles
  • Richard Attenborough in Magic Magic
  • Richard Attenborough in Elizabeth Elizabeth
  • Richard Attenborough in The Railway Children The Railway Children
  • Richard Attenborough in Doctor Dolittle Doctor Dolittle
  • Richard Attenborough in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ... Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ...
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  • Richard Attenborough in A Chorus Line A Chorus Line
  • Richard Attenborough in Cry Freedom Cry Freedom
  • Richard Attenborough in Miracle on 34th Street Miracle on 34th Street
  • Richard Attenborough in A Matter of Life and Death A Matter of Life and Death
  • Richard Attenborough in The League of Gentlemen The League of Gentlemen
  • Richard Attenborough in Guns at Batasi Guns at Batasi
  • Richard Attenborough in All Night Long All Night Long
  • Richard Attenborough in The Golden Gong The Golden Gong
  • Richard Attenborough in In Love and War In Love and War
  • Richard Attenborough in Light Keeps Me Company Light Keeps Me Company
  • Richard Attenborough in The Ship That Died of Shame The Ship That Died of Shame
  • Richard Attenborough in The Third Secret The Third Secret
  • Richard Attenborough in A Zed & Two Noughts A Zed & Two Noughts
  • Richard Attenborough in Mother Teresa Mother Teresa
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