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Richard Attenborough

Highest Rated:   100% I'm All Right Jack (1960)
Lowest Rated:   11% In Love and War (1996)
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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 Att

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dancing With Crime
  • Ted Peters
2012
31% 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
No Score Yet Andrew Lloyd Webber - Spotlight Performance
  • Actor
2001
83% Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Jacob
2000
18% Grey Owl
  • Director
  • Producer
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
  • Producer
1996
No Score Yet Wave Length
  • The Visitor
1996
No Score Yet Wavelength
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Down Came a Blackbird
  • Producer
1995
61% Miracle on 34th Street
  • Kriss Kringle
1994
96% Shadowlands
  • Producer
1993
93% Jurassic Park
  • John Hammond
1993
No Score Yet Life in the Freezer
  • Actor
1993
57% Chaplin
  • Producer
  • Director
1992
81% Cry Freedom
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Mother Teresa
  • Narrator
1986
39% A Chorus Line
  • Director
1985
88% Gandhi
  • Producer
  • Director
1982
83% Magic
  • Director
1978
88% The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khiladi)
  • Gen. Outram
1978
73% A Bridge Too Far
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Conduct Unbecoming
  • Maj. Lionel Roach
1975
17% Brannigan
  • Cmdr. Swann
1975
40% Rosebud
  • Edward Sloat
1975
No Score Yet Ein unbekannter rechnet ab (Ten Little Indians)(And Then There Were None)
  • Judge Cannon
1974
44% Young Winston
  • Producer
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet Loot...Give Me Money, Honey!
  • Actor
1972
70% 10 Rillington Place
  • John Reginald Christie
1971
No Score Yet David Copperfield
  • Mr. Tungay
1970
56% The Magic Christian
  • Oxford Coach
1970
No Score Yet Loot
  • Truscott
1970
No Score Yet The Last Grenade
  • Gen. Charles Whiteley
1970
75% Oh! What A Lovely War
  • Producer
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Battle By Land
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom
  • Robert Blossom
1968
32% Doctor Dolittle
  • Albert Blossom
1967
93% 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
85% Séance on a Wet Afternoon
  • Producer
  • Billy Savage
1964
93% The Great Escape
  • Bartlett
1963
No Score Yet 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
100% I'm All Right Jack
  • Sidney de Vere Cox
1960
No Score Yet Breakout (Danger Within)
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet The Angry Silence
  • Producer
  • Tom Curtis
1960
No Score Yet S.O.S. Pacific
  • Whitey
1960
100% The League of Gentlemen
  • Edward Lexy
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
100% Brighton Rock
  • Pinkie Brown
1947
95% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death)
  • English Pilot
1947
No Score Yet Journey Together
  • David Wilton
1946
93% In Which We Serve
  • Young Stoker
1942

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Jacob
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
  • Host
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Old Gentleman

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