Saturday, February 24, 2024

Gandhi Director Sir Richard Attenborough Dies at Age 90– Won 2 Oscars


Oscar winning director Sir Richard Attenborough, whose movies included the much awarded “Gandhi” and “The Sand Pebbles,” has died at age 90.

Known to his friends as “Dickie,” Sir Richard also directed “Chaplin” with Robert Downey Jr., the movie version of “A Chorus Line,” and the 1977 classic “A Bridge Too Far.” He won kudos also for “Shadowlands” with Anthony Hopkins and “Cry Freedom,” with Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline.

Attenborough started as an actor, and was prolific. He appeared in dozens of films and British TV series, including “Jurassic Park,” plus the feature “Dr. Dolittle” and the Cate Blanchett “Elizabeth.”

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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