Richard Attenborough 1923-2014

Another sad passing to report today, as the BBC has confirmed that Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. A respected actor, producer and director for decades, who'd appeared in films since the 1940's. His most notable films as an actor include Brighton Rock (1949), The Great Escape (1963), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Doctor Dolittle (1968), Jurassic Park (1993), and Miracle on 34th Street (1994), while his directing credits include Gandhi (1982), which won Best Picture and Best Director, A Chorus Line (1985), Cry Freedom (1987) and Chaplin (1992). He was also a veteran of the Royal Air Force in WWII, was knighted in 1976, and served as president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for the last 12 years, but I have to admit that for me personally, he'll always be John Hammond/Kriss Kringle.

Gandhi winning the Oscars for Picture and Director in 1982: