Richard Attenborough

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  • Birth Name: Richard Samuel Attenborough
  • Birth Place: Cambridge, England
  • Died: August 24, 2014
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Two Jewish-German refugees, sisters Helga and Irene Bejach, were informally adopted by Attenborough's parents in the 1930s.  The sisters lived with the Attenboroughs for seven years.
  • Joined the Royal Air Force during World War II.
  • Knighted in 1976 and made a life peer in 1993.
  • Daughter Jane and granddaughter Lucy were killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. 
  • Entirely Up to You, Darling, his autobiography, written with Diana Hawkins, was released in the United Kingdom in 2008. 
  • Served as president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Awards

  • 1967, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Winner
  • 1988, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1970, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1961, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1988, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1963, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1965, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Winner
  • 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — Special Award (Film): Winner
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 1988, European Film Awards — Award of Merit: Winner
  • 1983, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Winner
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1998, Berlin Film Festival — Berlinale Camera: Winner
  • 1969, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1978, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1983, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Winner
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Special Award (Film): Winner
  • 1982, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner

Relationships

  • Frederick Attenborough — Father
  • Mary Attenborough — Mother
  • David Attenborough — Brother
  • Michael Attenborough — Son
  • Jane Holland — Daughter
  • Sheila Sim — Wife
  • Charlotte Attenborough — Daughter
  • John Attenborough — Brother

College

  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1942)

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  • Birth Name: Richard Samuel Attenborough
  • Birth Place: Cambridge, England
  • Died: August 24, 2014
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer