NPR logo Acclaimed British Actor Richard Attenborough Dies At 90

International

Acclaimed British Actor Richard Attenborough Dies At 90

British actor, director, producer, filmmaker and entrepreneur Richard Attenborough, seen here in 2008, has died. He was 91. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP hide caption

toggle caption Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

British actor, director, producer, filmmaker and entrepreneur Richard Attenborough, seen here in 2008, has died. He was 91.

Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

The British actor and film director Richard Attenborough died Sunday, his son told BBC News. He was 90.

Lord Attenborough forged a lengthy acting career in such films as Brighton Rock and The Great Escape. As a director, Attenborough was known for A Bridge Too Far and Gandhi, for which he won two Academy Awards.

American audiences, however, might remember Attenborough most fondly for his role as the affable Dr. John Hammond in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, where he played the creator of the infamous dinosaur park.

Paying tribute, British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted:

According to the BBC, Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years.

Attenborough is the older brother of the nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

The family is expected to make a full statement on Monday, the BBC says.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.