British actor Richard Attenborough in a publicity shot

Richard Attenborough


British actor, director, producer (died aged 90) | A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Dunkirk (1958), The Guinea Pig (1948)

British character actor who escaped from early typecasting as a young coward, revealed an ambitious range of characterisations, and went on to produce and direct

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Richard Attenborough became a life peer in 1993. Married actress Sheila Sim in 1945.

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Journey Together (1945)
David Wilton
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
An English Pilot
School for Secrets (1946)
Jack Arnold
The Man Within (1947)
Francis Andrews
Dancing with Crime (1947)
Ted Peters
Brighton Rock (1948)
Pinkie Brown
The Guinea Pig (1948)
Jack Read
The Lost People (1949)
Boys in Brown (1949)
Jackie Knowles
Morning Departure (1950)
Stoker Snipe
Hell Is Sold Out (1951)
Pierre Bonnet
The Magic Box (1951)
Jack Carter
Gift Horse (1952)
Able Seaman ‘Dripper’ Daniels
Father’s Doing Fine (1952)
Eight O’Clock Walk (1954)
Tom Manning
The Ship That Died of Shame (1955)
George Hoskins
The Baby and the Battleship (1956)
Knocker White
The Scamp (1957)
Stephen Leigh
Brothers in Law (1957)
Henry Marshall
Dunkirk (1958)
John Holden
The Man Upstairs (1958)
The Man Upstairs
Sea of Sand (1958)
I’m All Right Jack (1959)
Sidney De Vere Cox
Danger Within (1959)
Capt ‘Bunter’ Phillips
Jet Storm (1959)
Ernest Tilley
SOS Pacific (1959)
Whitey Mullen
The League of Gentlemen (1960)
The Angry Silence (1960)
Tom Curtis
The Dock Brief (1962)
Herbert Fowle, the Accused Murderer
All Night Long (1962)
Rod Hamilton
Only Two Can Play (1962)
Gareth L Probert
The Great Escape (1963)
Bartlett ‘Big X’
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
William Henry ‘Bill’ Savage
Guns at Batasi (1964)
Regimental Sgt Major Lauderdale
The Third Secret (1964)
Alfred Price-Gorham
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Lew Moran
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Frenchy Burgoyne
Doctor Dolittle (1967)
Albert Blossom
The Bliss of Mrs Blossom (1968)
Robert Blossom
Only When I Larf (1968)
The Magic Christian (1969)
Oxford Coach
David Copperfield (1970)
Mr Tungay
Loot (1970)
Inspector Truscott
A Severed Head (1971)
Palmer Anderson
10 Rillington Place (1971)
Ten Little Indians (1974)
Judge Arthur Cannon
Brannigan (1975)
Cdr Swann
Conduct Unbecoming (1975)
Maj Lionel E. Roach
The Human Factor (1979)
Colonel John Daintry
Jurassic Park (1993)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Kris Kringle
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
John Hammond
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999)
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Sheila Sim, whose steady rise to success in such films as A Canterbury Tale, The Guinea Pig and Dear Mr Prohack has established her as an accomplished actress who epitomises youthful English charm, has an important romantic role in Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.  She plays Janet, the archaeologist narrator’s niece, who suffers unhappiness through her love for Pandora’s fiancé, a famous racing motorist, portrayed by Nigel Patrick
Wife  m. 1945–2014 (his death)

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