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Actor-director Attenborough dies at age 90

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Updated: 7:58 AM

LONDON (AP) -- Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.

The actor's son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday. He had been in poor health for some time.

Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director with "Gandhi" in 1982, only one of many highlights of a distinguished career as actor and director.

As a director, Attenbor-ough made several successful movies, from "Oh What a Lovely War" in 1969 to "Chaplin" and "Shadow-lands" in the 1990s. But his greatest success was "Gandhi," which won eight Oscars, including best picture.

The generation that was introduced to Attenborough as an avuncular veteran actor in the 1990s -- when he played the failed theme park developer in "Jurassic Park" and Kriss Kringle in a remake of "Miracle on 34th Street" -- may not have appreciated his dramatic range.

     

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