Richard Attenborough Dies At 90

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  1. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Richard Attenborough, an excellent acter, and perhaps even better director, has died. His performance in "Brighton Rock", a terrific film, was menacing, frightening, and masterful. And his film, Gandhi, with a then unknown Ben Kingsley, was a masterpiece.

    Obit is from The Boston Globe...

     
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    What a great actor and director. Loved him in The Great Escape.
     
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    Ghandi. 20 years, 300,000 extras, one funeral scene. Result: Oscar, Guinness World Record. Enough said.

    Great actor, and director. RIP, Dickie.

    BL.
     
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    RIP Dickie. He was a true legend.:(

    I got to meet him in Arnhem back in 1976, he was with Dirk Bogarde having lunch.
     
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    Santa Claus and John Hammond

    RIP to a Great Actor
     
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    He did a great product placement job in Jurassic Park.
     
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    Would you be so kind to remind me?

    RIP RA
     
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    To be honest, I thought he had already passed away years ago. A great actor regardless.
     
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    Well Newman did infect the system.
     
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    Very sad to hear this, but like others have mentioned, I thought he had passed away awhile ago.

    RIP Mr. Attenborough......
     
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    He was one of the great method actors. R.I.P Sir.
     
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    And Bartlett "Big X". :)
     
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    Spared no expense.

    RIP Sir Richard.

    And Lew Moran in an underrated role. :)
     
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    Loved Richard Attenborough as a man, actor and director - and yes, he was excellent as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett - the 'Big X' (based loosely on the real life character of Squadron Leader Roger Bushell who was a real life 'Big X'); I also loved Cry Freedom, and Gandhi.

    And, as an actor, he was superb as John Christie in '10 Rillington Place' - with John Hurt (also a superb actor, playing a genuinely gripping role as Timothy Evans).

    A great man with a large and generous character, and someone who was an excellent actor, engaged political actor, excellent director and supportive mentor; a giant of British culture and cinema, he will be missed.
     
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    Fascinating. I have meant to return to this interesting post: Did you manage to chat with them - a most interesting pair - at any great length?

    I always got the impression that Dickie was a warm, generous, engaging presence, while Dirk Bogarde (and I have read almost all of his books) - who, while an excellent and very brave actor in some roles - somehow became more waspish, self-centred and ungenerous with the passing of time.
     
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    Not really I just said how much I was looking forward to seeing their new film “A Bridge to Far”. I also didn’t want to intrude as they were having lunch, they also seem to be in a serious conversation.

    Of course afterwards I thought I should have asked for an autograph. Pity there were no mobile phones in those days.;)
     
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    Thanks a lot for your reply.

    I have long liked Dickie, as an excellent actor, visionary director, and politically aware and very decent human being; Dirk Bogarde was a different character, very self-obsessed, and, while a very gifted and brave actor, his books (which are beautifully written) show a man who has become increasingly tetchy, unpleasant, ungenerous and occasionally downright nasty as time went on.

    Of course, both of them had also served in WW2, and, as I recall, Dirk Bogarde may even have served in that region in late 1944 as a young officer. Certainly, both of them would have had memories of the war.

    Yes, pity you didn't think of asking for an autograph; Dickie wouldn't have minded.
     
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    Butterfingers I guess. Then again he kind of portrayed those that eat them as fat, lazy slobs.
     
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    I agree, he did a excellent job!
     

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