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Director and actor Richard Attenborough dies aged 90: BBC

25 august 2014, 11:25

 British director and actor Richard Attenborough has died aged 90 after a long illness, BBC news reported, AFP reports.

Attenborough, who appeared in movies such as Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and Jurassic Park, in a career spanning six decades, died on Sunday lunchtime, his son told the broadcaster.

"His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema," British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Twitter.

Attenborough, who won eight Oscars for the film 1982 movie "Gandhi", including best film and best director, was born in Cambridge in 1923.

The brother of famous wildlife presenter David, Attenborough had three children with his wife Sheila, who he had married aged 21.

Increasingly frail after falling down the stairs at home, Attenborough moved into a care home with his wife towards the end of his life.

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