Richard Attenborough, an Oscar-winning director for 'Gandhi' died at 90. Attenborough, warmly known as 'Dickie Darling', lorded over British moviemaking as an actor and filmmaker with a genial warmth that endeared him to his fans and fellow actors. He had been in frail health ever since a fall in 2008, and spent his last years in a nursing home with his wife. He is survived by his wife, their son and a daughter.
Ben Kingsley, who shot to stardom for his role of Mahatma Gandhi, recalled Attenborough's passionate struggle to bring Gandhi's story to the big screen. The film won eight Oscars, including best picture, best director for Attenborough and best actor for Kingsley.
Attenborough made his debut in the patriotic 1942 World War II film "In Which We Serve.' He afterwards became one of the best-known actors of post-War Britain. In his 60-plus years of acting, he worked in 'Brighton Rock,' 'The Great Escape,' 'Doctor Dolittle,' '10 Rillington Place,' 'Jurassic Park' (as the failed theme park developer) and the 1994 remake of 'Miracle on 34th Street.' He switched to directing with World War I musical comedy 'Oh! What a Lovely War.' And went on to make 'A Bridge Too Far,' 'A Chorus Line,' 'Cry Freedom,' 'Chaplin' and 'Shadowlands.'