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British Actor Richard Attenborough dies at 90-years-old

Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, died on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. He was 90. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, died on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. He was 90. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

LONDON (AP) — Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.

The actor’s son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday.

Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director for his brilliant film “Gandhi” in 1982. But that signature achievement was only one of many highlights of a distinguished career.

Attenborough was one of the most familiar faces on the British arts scene, appearing in a many major Hollywood films and also directing a series of movies. He was also known for his extensive work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and other humanitarian causes.


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