Richard Attenborough Autograph photo
Richard Attenborough Autograph photo. Black and white photograph of Attenborough in his early days.
Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough. Born 29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014 was an English actor, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and politician. He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). And the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
As a film director and producer. Attenborough won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape. 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street (1994) and Jurassic Park. He was the older brother of David Attenborough, a naturalist and broadcaster, and John Attenborough, an executive at Alfa Romeo. He was married to actress Sheila Sim from 1945 until his death.
Early in his stage career, Attenborough starred in the West End production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. Which went on to become the world’s longest running stage production. Both he and his wife were among the original cast members of the production. Which opened in 1952 at the Ambassadors Theatre and as of 2014 is still running at the St Martins Theatre. They took a 10 percent profit-participation in the production, which was paid for out of their combined weekly salary. (“It proved to be the wisest business decision I’ve ever made… but foolishly I sold some of my share to open a short-lived Mayfair restaurant called ‘The Little Elephant’ and later still, disposed of the remainder in order to keep Gandhi afloat.”)