Sir Richard Attenborough
August 1923 – 24 August 2014
We lost the Scrounger (James Garner) just a few weeks ago, and now Big X is gone.
Richard Attenborough enjoyed a long, varied film career, and I can hardly do justice to it here. For many, he’ll be remembered for his role in John Struges’ The Great Escape (1963), a perfect action film. Maybe the fastest three hours you can spend in a movie theater. For others, he’s known as John Hammond in Jurassic Park (1993). His portrayal of serial killer John Christie in 10 Rillington Place (1971) is something you won’t forget. And I have a spot for A Bridge Too Far (1977), maybe the last of the epic war films, which he directed.
If you want to feel like a real underachiever, look at all Sir Richard accomplished in his 90 years. Movies, muscular dystrophy fundraising, the Chelsea Football Club, education and on and on. And somehow, in photos, he seems to always be smiling. That’s quite an achievement in itself.