Richard Attenborough

Director, Actor, Producer
Prior to becoming the acclaimed director of epic features, Lord Richard Attenborough was noted for being a diversified actor whose roles ranged from unrepentant misfits to respected military men in both comedies and ... Read more »
Born: 08/29/1923 in Cambridge, England, GB


Actor (67)

Puckoon 2014 (Movie)


The Snow Prince 2014 (Movie)


Life 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The British Academy Film Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The Railway Children 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap 1999 (Movie)


The Noel Coward Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Elizabeth 1998 (Movie)

Sir William Cecil (Actor)

Frank Sinatra: The Voice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

John Hammond (Actor)

Hamlet 1996 (Movie)

English Ambassador (Actor)

Miracle on 34th Street 1994 (Movie)

Kriss Kringle (Actor)

Wavelength 1994 (Movie)

The Visitor (Actor)

John Barry's Moviola 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Jurassic Park 1993 (Movie)

Dr John Hammond (Actor)

Clue: Movies, Murder and Mystery 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Mother Teresa 1986 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Human Factor 1980 (Movie)

Colonel John Daintry (Actor)

Shatranj ke Khilari 1976 (Movie)

General Outram (Actor)

And Then There Were None 1975 (Movie)

Judge Cannon (Actor)

Brannigan 1975 (Movie)

Commander Swann (Actor)

Conduct Unbecoming 1975 (Movie)

Major Lionel Roach (Actor)

Rosebud 1974 (Movie)

Sloat (Actor)

10 Rillington Place 1970 (Movie)

John Reginald Christie (Actor)

David Copperfield 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)


The Last Grenade 1970 (Movie)

General Charles Whiteley (Actor)

A Severed Head 1969 (Movie)

Palmer Anderson (Actor)

Loot 1969 (Movie)

Truscott (Actor)

The Magic Christian 1969 (Movie)

Oxford Coach (Actor)

Only When I Larf 1968 (Movie)

Silas (Actor)

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom 1968 (Movie)

Robert Blossom (Actor)

Doctor Dolittle 1967 (Movie)

Albert Blossom (Actor)

The Sand Pebbles 1966 (Movie)

Frenchy (Actor)

Guns at Batasi 1964 (Movie)

Reg Sergeant Major Lauderdale (Actor)

Seance on a Wet Afternoon 1964 (Movie)

Billy Savage (Actor)

The Flight of the Phoenix 1964 (Movie)

Lew Moran (Actor)

All Night Long 1963 (Movie)

Rod Hamilton (Actor)

The Third Secret 1963 (Movie)

Alfred Price-Gorham (Actor)

The Great Escape 1962 (Movie)

"Big X" Bartlett (Actor)

Sea of Sand 1961 (Movie)

Trooper Brody (Actor)

Trial and Error 1961 (Movie)

Fowle/Judge/Foreman of the Jury/Member of the Public/Character Witness (Actor)

Only Two Can Play 1960 (Movie)

Gareth Probert (Actor)

The League of Gentlemen 1960 (Movie)

Edward Lexy (Actor)

I'm All Right Jack 1959 (Movie)

Sidney de Vere Cox (Actor)

Jet Storm 1959 (Movie)

Ernesrt Tilley (Actor)

The Angry Silence 1959 (Movie)

Tom Curtis (Actor)

Danger Within 1958 (Movie)

Captin "Buster" Phillips (Actor)

Dunkirk 1958 (Movie)

Holden (Actor)

The Man Upstairs 1958 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Brothers in Law 1956 (Movie)

Henry Marshall (Actor)

The Baby and the Battleship 1956 (Movie)

Knocker White (Actor)

Private's Progress 1955 (Movie)

Cox (Actor)

The Ship That Died of Shame 1955 (Movie)

Hoskins (Actor)

Eight O'Clock Walk 1953 (Movie)

Tom Manning (Actor)

Brighton Rock 1951 (Movie)

Pinky Brown (Actor)

The Magic Box 1950 (Movie)


Stairway to Heaven 1947 (Movie)

English Pilot (Actor)

The Guinea Pig 1947 (Movie)

Jack Read (Actor)

Boys in Brown (Movie)

Jackie Knowles (Actor)

Diana: Queen of Hearts (TV Show)


In Which We Serve (Movie)

Young Sailor (Actor)

Morning Departure (Movie)

Stoker Snipe (Actor)

The Scamp (Movie)

Stephen Leigh (Actor)
Producer (13)

Closing the Ring 2007 (Movie)


Grey Owl 1999 (Movie)


In Love and War 1996 (Movie)


Shadowlands 1993 (Movie)


Chaplin 1992 (Movie)


Cry Freedom 1987 (Movie)


Gandhi 1982 (Movie)


Young Winston 1972 (Movie)


Oh! What A Lovely War 1969 (Movie)


Seance on a Wet Afternoon 1964 (Movie)


The L-Shaped Room 1963 (Movie)


Whistle Down the Wind 1961 (Movie)


The Angry Silence 1959 (Movie)

Director (12)

Closing the Ring 2007 (Movie)


Grey Owl 1999 (Movie)


In Love and War 1996 (Movie)


Shadowlands 1993 (Movie)


Chaplin 1992 (Movie)


Cry Freedom 1987 (Movie)


A Chorus Line 1985 (Movie)


Gandhi 1982 (Movie)


Magic 1978 (Movie)


A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)


Young Winston 1972 (Movie)


Oh! What A Lovely War 1969 (Movie)



Prior to becoming the acclaimed director of epic features, Lord Richard Attenborough was noted for being a diversified actor whose roles ranged from unrepentant misfits to respected military men in both comedies and dramas. After making his mark as the sociopathic Pinky Brown in "Brighton Rock" (1943), Attenborough settled into a long onscreen career that spanned several decades and earned him numerous awards. Up until the early 1960s, he was famous in his native England, while remaining largely unknown across the Atlantic. But that all changed with a standout performance in the ensemble epic, "The Great Escape" (1963), a large scale Hollywood blockbuster that introduced Attenborough to a wider audience. From there, he branched out into directing, helming the antiwar musical, "Oh! What A Lovely War" (1969). Socially conscious, Attenborough began focusing his creative energies on subjects about larger-than-life figures who changed the world, which culminated in directing one of the last true epics, "Gandhi" (1982). A stunning achievement in both scale and intimacy, "Gandhi" was a high watermark in Attenborough's career. Though later efforts like "Chaplin" (1992) and "Shadowlands" (1993) failed to live up to the measure of "Gandhi," Attenborough nonetheless remained a cinematic legend well into the new millennium. His death, following a lengthy illness, on August 24, 2014, brought international mourning for a major figure in British cinema


Charlotte Attenborough Actor

Born June 29, 1959; mother, Sheila Sim

Frederick Attenborough

Don at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; was the author of a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law

David Attenborough Actor

Born May 8, 1926; wrote books and hosted TV documentaries on wildlife, evolution, and travel

Mary Attenborough

Founding member of Marriage Guidance Council

Jane Attenborough

Mother, Sheila Sim Died Dec. 26, 2004 along with her daughter Lucy in the tsunami caused by Indian Ocean earthquake

Michael Attenborough

Born Feb. 13, 1950; mother, Sheila Sim Was associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2002; joint vice-chairman of RADA

John Attenborough


Sheila Sim Actor

Met at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Married Jan. 22, 1945 Acted together in "The Guinea Pig" (1948) and the first production of "The Mousetrap" (1952) in London


Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1941
Won the Bancroft Silver Medal in 1942

Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys




Published in association with long-standing associate Diana Hawkins, his autobiography Entirely Up to You, Darling


Helmed romantic drama "Closing the Ring," Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer; also produced


Named President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)


Lent his voice to the CBS miniseries "Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story"


Directed Pierce Brosnan as conservationist "Grey Owl"


Portrayed Sir William Cecil, an advisor to the monarch in "Elizabeth"


Reprised role for Spielberg's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"


Played Kris Kringle in the remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"


Returned to acting in features for Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park"


Directed the biographical drama "Shadowlands," about the relationship between C. S. Lewis and Joy Gresham


Produced and directed "Chaplin," starring Robert Downey Jr. in title role


Directed the Apartheid drama "Cry Freedom," based on the life and tragic death in police custody of prominent anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko; earned a Best Director Golden Globe nomination


Served as a consultant for and provided the narration to the feature-length documentary "Mother Teresa"


Directed the screen version of the musical "A Chorus Line"; earned a Best Director Golden Globe nomination


Won two Academy Awards for directing and producing the historical epic "Gandhi"


Last screen appearance for 14 years, Otto Preminger's "The Human Factor"


Directed the epic war film "A Bridge Too Far"


Portrayed serial killer John Christie in "10 Rillington Place"


Made film directing debut with "Oh! What a Lovely War"


Beaver Films dissolved after the making of "Seance on a Wet Afternoon"


Made first Hollywood film "The Great Escape"


Co-produced (with Forbes) first film "The Angry Silence"


Formed the production company Beaver Films with Bryan Forbes


Acted with Bryan Forbes in "The Baby and the Battleship"


Achieved star status when he reprised his role as Pinkie in the film version of "Brighton Rock"


Cast opposite Edward G. Robinson in John Boulting's propaganda drama "Journey Together"


Had first major stage success as Pinkie in "Brighton Rock"


Joined the Royal Air Force during World War II


Played a deserting sailor in film debut "In Which We Serve"


West End debut, "Awake and Sing"


Professional stage debut in "Ah, Wilderness!" at Palmers Green

Made theater debut in a small role with Leicester's Little Theater (his mother was President)

At age 12, hired public hall in Leicester and mounted an evening of harmonica solos, comic songs, and sketches

Bonus Trivia


In 1967, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).


He was knighted in 1976, and in 1993 he was made a life peer as Baron Attenborough of Richmond upon Thames in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.


Attenborough was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize in 1983.


On July 13, 2006, Attenborough, along with his brother David, were awarded the titles of Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University of Leicester.


On Nov. 20, 2008, Attenborough was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow.