August 29, 1923—August 24, 2014
Sir Richard Attenborough, a cinematic legend who acted as well as directed, and whose career began in 1942, has died after being in fragile health for the past six years. He was 90.
Attenborough was best known for his Oscar-winning direction of Gandhi (1982). He directed for nearly 40 years—from 1969 to 2007—including noteworthy films as the horror flick Magic (1978), the South Africa-based drama Cry Freedom (1987) and biopic Chaplin (1992) starring an Oscar-nominated Robert Downey Jr. as the film legend. His best-known acting roles, of course, were in Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).