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As multi Oscar winning actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough dies we look back at his accomplished life and career from acting roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and Jurassic Park to epics he directed such as Cry Freedom and Gandhi. His was truly a life less ordinary.
Richard Attenborough as an RAF squadron leader for the film epic war film The Great Escape, 1963 which he starred in with Steve McQueen and James Garner.
Looking very distinctive, Richard Attenborough during the filming of the racy comedy The Bliss of Mrs Blossom in 1968. Picture: PA
Richard Attenborough with his wife Sheila Sim and their children Michael and Jane. He married actress Sheila Sim when he was 21. His son Michael was born in 1949, they also had two daughters, Jane and Charlotte.
Richard Attenborough won several Oscars for his epic movie Gandhi, he's pictured here with Ben Kingsley accepting his best actor Oscar for the role of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule. Picture: PA
Richard Attenborough, named as best actor in the film "Guns for Batasi, and British actress Audrey Hepburn, named as best actress in the film "Charade", after the presentation at the Talk of the Town Theatre, London, by British Film Academy, March 30, 1965. Picture: PA
The Prince of Wales, the patron of the BFI and Richard Attenborough, it's chairman, sharing a joke as the Prince hands over a Royal Charter during the 50th anniversary celebratory banquet for the BFI as Lord Attenborough. Picture: PA
Dickie as he was affectionately know by friends seen here with colleague and friend the great British actress. Picture: PA
With his snow white hair and matching beard he was one of the most prolific figures on the arts scene. Here with Geri Halliwell and at the Galaxy book awards in London, 2008. Picture: PA
Clint Eastwood with British director and actor Richard Attenborough, after Eastwood won the the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Picture: PA
Attenborough starred as Santa Claus in Miracle On 34th Street, the family feel good movie about a little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Picture: PA
Steven Spielberg with Richard Attenborough at the premiere of Jurassic Park. Picture: PA
A still from the family blockbuster Jurassic Park (1993) with Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern and Sam Neill. Picture: PA
Lord Attenborough struck up a close friendship with Princess Diana when she asked him to help her write speeches.Picture: PA
Brothers Richard and David Attenborough return to Leicester where they spent their childhoods to receive a top academic honour at De Montfort Hall. Picture: PA