Lord Richard Attenborough, the actor who played John Hammond in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, died at the age of 90 due to poor health.
Attenborough is one of the best English actors. He also directed and produced movies.
Besides playing the wealthy man who owned the theme park with live dinosaurs, he also played Santa Claus in the remake of the Christmas film “Miracle On 34th Street.”
He also starred in the classic “The Great Escape” with co-star Steve McQueen.
One of his finest works was directing “Gandhi,” which raked 8 Oscars, including the 1982 Best Picture.
His career as a director started back in 1969 with “Oh! What a Lovely War,” which was an adaptation of the musical satire by Joan Littlewood.
Queen Elizabeth II gave Attenborough the life peerage award back in 1993 for his wonderful efforts to promote British cinema all over the world.
He has been in the British film industry since the 1940s. He was able to head the British Film Institute, Goldcrest Films, Channel 4, Capitol Radio and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He contributed to the preservation and restoration of London’s Duke of York Theater back in the late 1970s.