Richard Attenborough Biography (1923-)

Full name, Richard Samuel Attenborough; born August 29, 1923, in Cambridge, England; son of Frederick Levi (a scholar and academic administrator) and Mary(maiden name, Clegg) Attenborough; married Sheila Beryl Grant Sim (an actress), January 22, 1945; children: Michael, Jane, Charlotte (an actress). Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Contact: Old Farms, Beaver Lodge, Richmond Green, Surrey TW9 JNQ, United Kingdom; c/o Aim, 5 Denmark St., London WC2H 8LP, England.

Actor, producer, director
Birth Details
August 29, 1923
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Young stoker, In Which We Serve, British Lion, 1942
  • Tommy Draper, The Hundred Pound Window, Warner Bros./First National, 1943
  • Railway worker, Schweik's New Adventures (also known as It Started at Midnight), Coronet, 1943
  • English pilot, Stairway to Heaven (also known as A Matter of Life and Death), Universal, 1946
  • David Wilton, Journey Together, English Films Inc., 1946
  • Jack Arnold, School for Secrets (also known as Secret Flight), General Film Distributors, 1946
  • Pinkie Brown, Brighton Rock (also known as Young Scarface),Associated British, 1947
  • Ted Peters, Dancing with Crime, Paramount, 1947
  • Percy Boon, Dulcimer Street (also known as London Belongs to Me), General Film Distributors, 1948
  • Francis Andrews, The Smugglers (also known as The Man Within), Eagle-Lion, 1948
  • Jackie Knowles, Boys in Brown, General Film Distributors, 1949
  • Jack Read, The Outsider (also known as The Guinea Pig), Variety, 1949
  • Jan, The Lost People, General Film Distributors, 1950
  • Pierre Bonnet, Hell Is Sold Out, Eros, 1951
  • Stoker Snipe, Operation Disaster (also known as Morning Departure), Universal, 1951
  • Dougall, Father's Doing Fine, Associated British, 1952
  • Dripper Daniels, The Gift Horse (also known as Glory at Sea), Independent Film Distributors, 1952
  • Jack Carter, The Magic Box, British Lion, 1954
  • Tom Manning, Eight O'Clock Walk, British Lion, 1954
  • Private Cox, Private's Progress, British Lion, 1956
  • George Hoskins, The Ship That Died of Shame (also known as P.T.Raiders), Continental/General Film Distributors, 1956
  • Knocker White, The Baby and the Battleship, British Lion, 1957
  • Henry Marshall, Brothers in Law, BC, 1957
  • Stephen Leigh, Strange Affection (also known as The Scamp),1957, released in the U.S., 1959
  • John Holden, Heron owner, Dunkirk, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958
  • Trooper Brody, Desert Patrol (also known as Sea of Sand), Universal, 1958
  • Sidney de Vere Cox, I'm All Right, Jack, British Lion, 1959
  • Peter Watson, The Man Upstairs, British Lion, 1959
  • Whitey, S.O.S. Pacific, Universal, 1959
  • Edward Lexy, The League of Gentlemen, Kingsley, 1959
  • Ernest Tilley, Jet Storm (also known as Killing Urge and Jetstream), Britannia/British Lion, 1959
  • Captain Bunter Phillips, Breakout (also known as Danger Within), Continental, 1959
  • Tom Curtis, The Angry Silence, British Lion, 1960
  • Rod Hamilton, All Night Long, Rank, 1961
  • Gareth Probert, Only Two Can Play, Kingsley/Columbia, 1962
  • Herbert Fowle, the accused murderer, Trial and Error (also known as The Dock Brief), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962
  • Roger "Big X" Bartlett, The Great Escape, United Artists, 1963
  • Narrator, A Boy's Day, 1964
  • Regimental Sergeant Major Lauderdale, Guns at Batasi, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964
  • Billy Savage, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Artixo, 1964
  • Alfred Price-Gorham, The Third Secret, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964
  • Lew Moran, The Flight of the Phoenix, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
  • Frenchy Burgoyne, The Sand Pebbles, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966
  • Albert Blossom, Doctor Doolittle, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967
  • Robert Blossom, The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom, Paramount, 1968
  • Silas, Only When I Larf, Paramount, 1968
  • Narrator, Don't Make Me Laugh, 1969
  • General Charles Whiteley, The Last Grenade, Cinerama, 1970
  • Oxford coach, The Magic Christian, Commonwealth, 1970
  • Inspector Truscott, Loot, Cinevision, 1971
  • Palmer Anderson, A Severed Head, Columbia, 1971
  • John Reginald Halliday Christie, 10 Rillington Place, Columbia, 1971
  • Narrator, Cup Glory, 1972
  • The Village (also known as Il viaggio), 1974
  • Death in Persepolis, 1974
  • Commander Sir Charles Swann, Brannigan (also known as Joe Battle), United Artists, 1975
  • Major Lionel Roach, Conduct Unbecoming, Allied Artists, 1975
  • Judge Cannon, Ten Little Indians (also known as And Then ThereWere None, ... e poi non ne rimase nessuno, Diez negritos,Dix petits negres, Ein unbekannter, and Zehn kleine Negerlein), Avco Embassy, 1975
  • Edward Sloat, Rosebud, United Artists, 1975
  • General Outram, The Chess Players (also known as Shatranj ke khilari), Creative Films, 1978
  • Colonel John Daintry, The Human Factor, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/UnitedArtists, 1979
  • Narrator, Mother Teresa, Petrie/Productions du Daummou/CS Associates, 1985
  • Dr. John Hammond, Jurassic Park (also known as JP), Universal, 1993
  • Himself, In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid, 1993
  • Himself, A Century of Cinema, 1994
  • Kriss Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • The Visitor, E=mc2 (also known as Wavelength), Trident Releasing, 1995
  • English ambassador (long version), Hamlet (also known as William Shakespeare's Hamlet), 1996
  • John Hammond, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 1997
  • Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Elizabeth (also known as Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen), 1998
  • Himself, Ljuset haaller mig saellskap (also known as Light Keeps Me Company), First Run Features, 2000
  • Himself, Sir John Mills' Moving Memories (also known as MovingMemories), 2000
  • Writer-director, Puckoon, United Artists, 2002
  • Film Work
  • (With Bryan Forbes) Producer, The Angry Silence, British Lion, 1960
  • Producer, Whistle Down the Wind, Pathe-America, 1961
  • (With James Woolf) Producer, The L-Shaped Room, Davis/Royal/Columbia, 1962
  • (With Forbes) Producer, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Artixo, 1964
  • Director and (with Brian Duffy) producer, Oh! What a Lovely War, Paramount, 1969
  • Producer and director, Young Winston, Columbia, 1972
  • Director, A Bridge Too Far, United Artists, 1977
  • Director, Magic, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978
  • Producer and director, Gandhi, Columbia, 1982
  • Director, A Chorus Line, Columbia, 1985
  • Director and (with Norman Spencer and John Briley) producer, Cry Freedom, Universal, 1987
  • Director and (with Mario Kassar) producer, Chaplin (also known asCharlot), TriStar, 1992
  • Director and (with Brian Eastman) producer, Shadowlands, Savoy Pictures, 1993
  • Producer and director, In Love and War, 1996
  • Producer and director, Grey Owl, New City Releasing, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Voice, Tom and Vicky, ITV, 1999
  • Movies
  • Mr. Tungay, David Copperfield, NBC, 1970
  • The old gentleman, The Railway Children, PBS, 2000
  • Miniseries
  • Magog, Arbitrator of Justice, Great Council of Mac Slec, Jack and theBeanstalk: The Real Story, CBS, 2001
  • Specials
  • Clue: Movies, Murder, and Mystery, CBS, 1986
  • Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebration, Fox, 1988
  • Himself, Audrey Hepburn Remembered, 1993
  • Frank Sinatra: The Voice, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Himself, Diana (also known as Diana: Queen of Hearts), 1998
  • The Noel Coward Story, PBS, 1999
  • Jacob, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, PBS, 2000
  • Himself, Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute, BBC, 2002
  • Himself, John Thaw: An Appreciation, 2002
  • Himself, The Orange British Academy Films Awards, 2002
  • Himself, The John Thaw Story, 2002
  • Himself, Forever Ealing, Channel 4 and TCM, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Himself, "Richard Attenborough," This Is Your Life, 1962
  • Narrator, "Killer Whales: Wolves of the Sea," National Geographic Explorer, TBS, 1993
  • "John Barry's Moviola," Great Performances, PBS, 1993
  • (Uncredited) Himself/director of Grey Owl, "Tom, Don't Quit Your Day Job... ," The Tom Green Show, MTV, 1999
  • Himself, Parkinson, BBC, 2000
  • Himself, "Steve McQueen," Hollywood Greats, BBC1, 2002
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Richard Miller, Ah! Wilderness, Intimate Theatre, London, 1941
  • Sebastian, Twelfth Night, Arts Theatre, London, 1942
  • Ralph Berger, Awake and Sing, Arts Theatre, 1942
  • Ba, The Holy Isle, Arts Theatre, 1942
  • Andrew, London W1, Q Theatre, London, 1942
  • Leo Hubbard, The Little Foxes, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1942
  • Pinkie Brown, Brighton Rock, Garrick Theatre, London, 1943
  • Coney, The Way Back, Westminster Theatre, London, 1949
  • Toni Rigi, To Dorothy, a Son, Savoy Theatre, London, 1950, then Garrick Theatre, 1951
  • Valentine Crisp, Sweet Madness, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1952
  • Detective Trotter, The Mousetrap, Ambassadors' Theatre, London, 1952-1954
  • David and Julian Fanshaw, Double Image, Savoy Theatre, 1956-1957,then St. James's, 1957
  • Theseus, The Rape of the Belt, Piccadilly Theatre, 1957-1958
  • Video Games
  • Voice of John Hammond, Trespasser, 1998
  • Books
  • In Search of Gandhi (nonfiction), Newmarket, 1982, New Century Publications, 1983
  • (Compiler) The Words of Gandhi, Newmarket, 1982
  • (Author of afterword and editor of photographic selections) Gerald Gold,Gandhi: A Pictorial Biography, Newmarket, 1983
  • Richard Attenborough's Chorus Line, edited by Diana Carter, New American Library, 1985
  • Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom: A Pictorial Record, Knopf, 1987
  • Also author of introductions to numerous publications, including British Films, 1985; contributor to periodicals, including Humanist.

Further Reference


    • UNESCO Courier, August, 1989, pp. 4-7
    • Variety, June 26, 1995, pp. 44-45; February 10, 2003, p. 16

    User Contributions:

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    Jun 22, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
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