As the world of cinema mourns the loss of one of its greats, tributes are rolling in for Lord Richard Attenborough, who passed away yesterday, aged 90 (August 24).
Richard Attenborough and Carol Marsh in Brighton Rock
Having starred in films like Brighton Rock and The Great Escape, Attenborough would embark on a directing career that would leave an indelible mark on cinema, most notably with 1983’s Gandhi, which claiming eight Academy awards including best director – a record for a British film.
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Chelsea Football Club, the object of Attenborough’s footballing affections, said in a statement: "Lord Attenborough was a thoroughly lovely and talented man who used his fame and influence for the good of the many causes close to his heart. We will always be grateful that our football club was one of them."
Sir Ben Kingsley, who played the titular role of Gandhi in Attenborough's Oscar-winning, record breaking film, said he was given the role "with great grace and joy". He added: “I along with millions of others whom he touched through his life and work will miss him dearly.
Lord Puttnam paid tribute to Attenborough’s work on and off the screen; both as a film maker and a public figure. "This is a most remarkable man who, when you string together the things he did, the things he helped, the things he salvaged, it's mind-boggling the list of decent, good things he did for Britain,” he said.
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The British Academy of Film and Television Awards (Bafta) said in a statement: "We are deeply saddened by the death of Lord Attenborough Kt CBE, a monumental figure in Bafta's history. Lord Attenborough was intimately involved with the Academy for over 50 years. He believed in it passionately, supported it tirelessly and was integral to the organisation that Bafta has become today."