Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough

Highest Rated: 97% Shadowlands (1993)

Lowest Rated: 11% In Love and War (1996)

Birthday: Aug 29, 1923

Birthplace: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

One of England's most respected actors and directors, Sir Richard Attenborough made numerous contributions to world cinema both in front of and behind the camera. The son of a Cambridge school administrator, Attenborough began dabbling in theatricals at the age of 12. While attending London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1941, he turned professional, making his first stage appearance in a production of Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! He made his screen debut as the Young Sailor in Noel Coward and David Lean's In Which We Serve (1943), before achieving his first significant West End success as the punkish, cowardly, petty criminal Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock. After three years of service with the Royal Air Force, Attenborough rose to film stardom in the 1947 film version of Brighton Rock -- a role that caused him to be typecast as a working-class misfit over the next few years. One of the best of his characterizations in this vein can be found in The Guinea Pig (1948), in which the 26-year-old Attenborough was wholly credible as a 13-year-old schoolboy. As the '50s progressed, he was permitted a wider range of characters in such films as The Magic Box (1951), The Ship That Died of Shame (1955), and Private's Progress (1956). In 1959, he teamed up with director Bryan Forbes to form Beaver Films. Before the partnership dissolved in 1964, Attenborough had played such sharply etched personalities as Tom Curtis in The Angry Silence (1960) and Bill Savage in Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964); he also served as producer for the Forbes-directed Whistle Down the Wind (1962) and The L-Shaped Room (1962). During the '60s, Attenborough exhibited a fondness for military roles: POW mastermind Bartlett in The Great Escape (1963); hotheaded ship's engineer Frenchy Burgoyne in The Sand Pebbles (1966); and Sgt. Major Lauderdale in Guns at Batasi (1964), the performance that won him a British Academy Award. He also played an extended cameo in Doctor Dolittle (1967), and sang "I've Never Seen Anything Like It in My Life," a paean to the amazing Pushmi-Pullyu. This boisterous musical performance may well have been a warm-up for Attenborough's film directorial debut, the satirical anti-war revue Oh, What a Lovely War (1969). He subsequently helmed the historical epics Young Winston (1972) and A Bridge Too Far (1977), then scaled down his technique for the psychological thriller Magic (1978), which starred his favorite leading man, Anthony Hopkins. With more and more of his time consumed by his directing activities, Attenborough found fewer opportunities to act. One of his best performances in the '70s was as the eerily "normal" real-life serial killer Christie in 10 Rillington Place (1971). In 1982, Attenborough brought a 20-year dream to fruition when he directed the spectacular biopic Gandhi. The film won a raft of Oscars, including a Best Director statuette for Attenborough; he was also honored with Golden Globe and Director's Guild awards, and, that same year, published his book In Search of Gandhi, another product of his fascination with the Indian leader. All of Attenborough's post-Gandhi projects were laudably ambitious, though none reached the same pinnacle of success. Some of the best of his latter-day directorial efforts were Cry Freedom, a 1987 depiction of the horrors of apartheid; 1992's Chaplin, an epic biopic of the great comedian; and Shadowlands (1993), starring Anthony Hopkins as spiritually motivated author C.S. Lewis. Attenborough returned to the screen during the '90s, acting in avuncular character roles, the most popular of which was the affable but woefully misguided billionaire entrepreneur John Hammond in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993), a role he reprised for the film's 1997 sequel. Other notable performances included the jovial Kriss Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street (1994) and Sir William Cecil in Elizabeth (1998). The brother of naturalist David Attenborough and husband of actress Sheila Sim, he was knighte

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Dancing With Crime Ted Peters 2012
33% Closing the Ring Director Producer 2007
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Actor 2004
No Score Yet Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films--British Cinema's Legendary Studio Actor 2004
No Score Yet Puckoon Writer-Director 2003
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Magog 2001
83% Light Keeps Me Company Actor 2001
86% Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Jacob 2000
17% Grey Owl Producer Director 1999
82% Elizabeth Sir William Cecil 1998
No Score Yet The Noel Coward Trilogy Actor 1998
51% The Lost World - Jurassic Park John Hammond 1997
95% Hamlet English Ambassador 1996
11% In Love and War Director 1996
No Score Yet Wave Length The Visitor 1996
No Score Yet Down Came a Blackbird Producer 1995
60% Miracle on 34th Street Kriss Kringle 1994
97% Shadowlands Producer Director 1993
91% Jurassic Park John Hammond $45.3M 1993
No Score Yet Life in the Freezer Actor 1993
59% Chaplin Director Producer 1992
79% Cry Freedom Director Producer 1987
No Score Yet Mother Teresa Narrator 1986
40% A Chorus Line Director 1985
85% Gandhi Producer Director 1982
33% The Human Factor Colonel John Daintry 1979
83% Magic Director 1978
89% The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khiladi) Gen. Outram 1978
64% A Bridge Too Far Director 1977
67% Conduct Unbecoming Maj. Lionel Roach 1975
13% Brannigan Cmdr. Swann 1975
33% Rosebud Edward Sloat 1975
No Score Yet Ein unbekannter rechnet ab (Ten Little Indians)(And Then There Were None) Judge Cannon 1974
50% Young Winston Producer Director 1972
No Score Yet Loot...Give Me Money, Honey! Actor 1972
58% 10 Rillington Place John Reginald Christie 1971
No Score Yet A Severed Head Palmer Anderson 1971
No Score Yet David Copperfield Mr. Tungay 1970
59% The Magic Christian Oxford Coach 1970
No Score Yet Loot Truscott 1970
No Score Yet The Last Grenade Gen. Charles Whiteley 1970
79% Oh! What A Lovely War Producer Director 1969
No Score Yet The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Robert Blossom 1968
No Score Yet Only When I Larf Silas 1968
29% Doctor Dolittle Albert Blossom 1967
88% The Sand Pebbles Frenchy Burgoyne 1966
90% The Flight of the Phoenix Lew Moran 1965
No Score Yet Guns at Batasi Regimental Sgt. Major Lauderdale 1964
No Score Yet The Third Secret Alfred Price-Gorham 1964
76% Séance on a Wet Afternoon Billy Savage Producer 1964
94% The Great Escape Bartlett 1963
63% The L-Shaped Room Producer 1963
No Score Yet The Dock Brief Fowle Foreman of the Jury Member of the Public Judge 1962
No Score Yet All Night Long Rod Hamilton 1962
No Score Yet Only Two Can Play Gareth L. Probert 1962
88% I'm All Right Jack Sidney de Vere Cox 1960
No Score Yet Breakout (Danger Within) Actor 1960
80% The Angry Silence Producer Tom Curtis 1960
No Score Yet S.O.S. Pacific Whitey 1960
86% The League of Gentlemen Edward Lexy 1959
No Score Yet Jet Storm Ernest Tilley 1959
No Score Yet Sea of Sand (Desert Patrol) Trooper Brody 1958
No Score Yet Dunkirk Holden 1958
No Score Yet Brothers in Law Henry Marshall 1957
No Score Yet Private's Progress Pvt. Percival Henry Cox 1956
No Score Yet Baby and the Battleship Knocker White 1956
No Score Yet The Ship That Died of Shame George Hoskins 1955
No Score Yet Eight O'Clock Walk Thomas 'Tom' Leslie Manning 1954
No Score Yet The Magic Box Jack Carter 1952
No Score Yet Gift Horse (Glory at Sea) Dripper Daniels 1952
No Score Yet Father's Doing Fine Dougall 1952
No Score Yet Morning Departure Stoker Snipe 1951
No Score Yet Hell Is Sold Out Pierre Bonnet 1951
No Score Yet Boys In Brown Actor 1949
No Score Yet London Belongs To Me Actor 1948
No Score Yet The Guinea Pig Jack Read 1948
No Score Yet Dulcimer Street Percy Boon 1948
95% Brighton Rock Pinkie Brown 1947
97% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) English Pilot 1947
No Score Yet Journey Together David Wilton 1946
89% In Which We Serve Young Stoker 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Host Voice 2013
1995
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Jacob 2000
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Old Gentleman 2000
1988

QUOTES FROM Richard Attenborough CHARACTERS

Dr. Alan Grant says: Mr. Hammond, after careful consideration I've decided not to endorse your park.

John Hammond says: So have I.

John Hammond says: So, who's hungry?

Billy Savage says: You're mad. We both are.

Billy Savage says: Oh, God, oh Jesus, take her before it's too late!

John Hammond says: I really hate that man.

John Hammond says: Don't worry, I'm not making the same mistakes again.

Ian Malcolm says: No, you're making all new ones.

John Hammond says: You know the first attraction I ever built when I came down south from Scotland? It was a Flea Circus, Petticoat Lane. Really quite wonderful. We had a wee trapeze, and a merry-go... carousel and a seesaw. They all moved, motorized of course, but people would say they could see the fleas. "Oh, I see the fleas, mummy! Can't you see the fleas?" Clown fleas and high wire fleas and fleas on parade... But with this place, I wanted to show them something that wasn't an illusion. Something that was real, something that they could see and touch. An aim not devoid of merit.

John Hammond says: You know the first attraction I ever built when I came down south from Scotland? It was a Flea Circus, Petticoat Lane. Really quite wonderful. We had a wee trapeze, and a merry-go... carousel and a seesaw. They all moved, motorized of course, but people would say they could see the fleas. 'Oh, I see the fleas, mummy! Can't you see the fleas?' Clown fleas and high wire fleas and fleas on parade... But with this place, I wanted to show them something that wasn't an illusion. Something that was real, something that they could see and touch. An aim not devoid of merit.

John Hammond says: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!

Ian Malcolm says: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.

John Hammond says: Welcome... to Jurassic Park.

John Hammond says: There is no doubt our attractions will drive kids out of their minds.

Alan Grant says: What are those?

Dr. Ellie Sattler says: Small versions of adults, honey.

John Hammond says: Find Nedry! Check the vending machines!

John Hammond says: Dennis, our lives are in your hands and you've got butterfingers?

John Hammond says: I don't think you're giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody's ever done before...

Ian Malcolm says: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn't stop to think if they should.

Ian Malcolm says: Ah, now eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on your, on your dinosaur tour, right? Hello?

John Hammond says: I really hate that man.

John Hammond says: Dr. Grant, my dear Dr. Sattler, welcome to Jurassic Park.

Alan Grant says: Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by sixty-five million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?

John Hammond says: I don't believe it! You were meant to come down here and defend me against these characters, and the only one I've got on my side is the blood-sucking lawyer!

Donald Gennaro says: Thank you.

John Hammond says: All major theme parks have had delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!

Ian Malcolm says: Yeah John, but if the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.

John Hammond says: Welcome... To Jurassic Park.

John Hammond says: I bring scientists, you bring the rock star.

John Hammond says: Dennis, our lives are in your hands and you have butter-fingers?

Dennis Nedry says: [Laughs] I am so unappreciated in my time. You can run this whole park from this one room with minimal staff for up to three days. Do you really think that kind of automation is easy [takes a drink of soda] or cheap? Do you know anyone who can network eight connection machines or debug two million lines of code for what I bid for this job? Because if you do I'd love to see them try.

John Hammond says: I am sorry about your financial problems Dennis I really am but they are your problems.

Dennis Nedry says: Oh you're right John you're absolutely right, you know everything is my problem.

John Hammond says: I will not get drawn in to another financial debate with you Dennis, I really will not.

Dennis Nedry says: It's been hardly any debate at all.

John Hammond says: I don't blame people for their mistakes, but I do ask that they pay for them.

Dennis Nedry says: [Nods his head] Thanks dad.

"Cooler King" Hilts says: Wait a minute. You aren't seriously suggesting that if I get through the wire... and case everything out there... and don't get picked up... to turn myself in and get thrown back in the cooler for a couple of months so you can get the information you need?

"Big X" Bartlett says: Yes.

John Hammond says: Creation is an act of sheer will.

John Hammond says: Haha! See? 8'm not making the same mistakes again!

John Hammond says: Haha! See? I'm not making the same mistakes again!

Ian Malcolm says: Noooo, no, you're making all new ones!!

Ian Malcolm says: Noooo, no, you're making all new ones!

John Hammond says: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, NOTHING worked.

Ian Malcolm says: Yeah, but John, if Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.

Kriss Kringle says: If you can't believe, if you can't accept anything...on faith, then you're doomed for a life dominated by doubt.

John Hammond says: You're meant to defend me against these characters and the only one I've got on my side is the bloodsucking lawyer!

Donald Gennaro says: Thank you.

John Hammond says: Condors are on the verge of extinction! If I were to create a flock of condors on this island, you wouldn't have anything to say!

Ian Malcolm says: This isn't some species that was obliterated by deforestation or the building of a dam. Dinosaurs had their shot and Nature selected them for extinction!

John Hammond says: How can we sit in the light of discovery and not act?

Ian Malcolm says: Oh what's so great about discovery? It's a violent, penetrative act that scars what it explores. What you call discovery, I call the rape of the natural world.

John Hammond says: Life will find a way

John Hammond says: Life will find a way.

John Hammond says: I bring scientists, you bring a rock star.

John Hammond says: Find Nedry! Check the vending machines!

Alan Grant says: Mr. Hammond, after careful consideration, I've decided *not* to endorse your park.

John Hammond says: Neither do I.

John Hammond says: Where's Nedry? Check the vending machines!

John Hammond says: Find Nedry! Check the vending machines!

John Hammond says: Welcome, to Jurassic Park!