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Richard Attenborough: A Much-loved Fixture Of British Film - Yah

A member of the House of Lords, he was also tireless in his charity work, including as a goodwill ambassador to UNICEF, was president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and life president of Chelsea football club. A man with strong family ties, he married his wife Sheila at 21, and lived in the same house for five decades in south-west London, an area that was also home to his younger brother David, the famous naturalist and wildlife presenter. But tragedy struck in 2004 when one of Attenborough's three children, Jane Holland, and her daughter Lucy died in the Asian Boxing Day tsunami. Famously open with his emotions, he said he never quite got over their deaths. Born in Cambridge in August 1923, he made his big screen debut in 1942 with "In Which we Serve", the Noel go to website Coward-David Lean tribute to the Royal Navy at war, and appeared in more than 60 films over the next 50 years. The clean-cut young Attenborough became a regular feature in the cheerful, stiff-upper-lip cinema of the postwar years, but he achieved greater distinction in murkier roles, particularly as the villain Pinkie in the 1947 adaptation of Graham Greene's novel "Brighton Rock". <br>Source:

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