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Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE (29 Aug 1923 – 24 Aug 2014) was an actor, film director, film producer, and entrepreneur, President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). As a film director and producer, he won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he is unrivalled and an overall lovely man


Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United Kingdom's rule of the country during the 20th century. Gandhi was written by John Briley and produced and directed by Richard Attenborough. It stars Ben Kingsley in the titular role.

from The Art of Manliness

Best Movies to Watch: 100 Must See Movies

Richard Attenborough and Ben Kingsley combined their legendary talents to create a film so epic in scope and theme that formidable talents like John Mills, Martin Sheen, and Candice Bergen were cast in secondary, supporting roles. More importantly, this amazing film is so epic and so very well made that it manages to capture the essence of Mahatma Gandhi: One of the most important men ever to walk this Earth.


Robert De Niro poses with Nelson Mandela at a dinner in honour of Mandela at the Tribeca Grill in New York, 2005

from The Times

What I’ve learnt: Ben Kingsley

‘I don’t insist on being called Sir Ben. That’s a myth. Ben is just fine’ Yorkshire-born Sir Ben Kingsley, 69, found fame with his Oscar-winning performance in 1982’s Gandhi, and has since starred in hits such as Schindler’s List and Sexy Beast. He has four adult children and lives in Oxfordshire with his fourth wife, Brazilian actress Daniela Barbosa.