highly liberal views are reflected in such a film as Cry Freedom 1987,
which expressed strong anti-apartheid sentiments, and he starred in
7o Rillington Place 1970 because it chimed with his opposition to capital
punishment. He has also directed and/or produced several films in the
US including Magic (1978) and A Chorus Line (1985) but they are not
among his most successful work.
Attenborough returned to the screen during the '90s, acting in avuncular
character roles, the most popular of which was the affable but woefully
misguided billionaire entrepreneur John Hammond in Steven Spielberg's
Jurassic Park (1993), a role he reprised for the film's 1997 sequel.
Other notable performances included the jovial Kriss Kringle in Miracle
on 34th Street (1994) and Sir William Cecil in Elizabeth (1998). The
brother of naturalist David Attenborough and husband of actress Sheila
Sim, he was knighted in 1976 and became a life peer in 1993. Attenborough
has chaired dozens of professional organizations and worked tirelessly
on behalf of Britain's Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
His younger brother is the celebrated naturalist, Sir David Attenborough,
and his daughter is actress Charlotte Attenborough who has appeared
in several TV films and Jane Eyre, 1996.
Lord Attenborough also appears in the Directors /Producers / Writers
section of this website.
'At my age the only problem is with remembering names. When I call everyone
darling, it has damn all to do with passionately adoring them, but I
know I'm safe calling them that. Although, of course, I adore them too'
'David has asked me, a number of people have asked me and said, What
performance do you like best or what's the best film you've made and
so on and I don't really have any hesitation that the film I'm least
embarrassed by and ashamed of or uneasy about is Shadowlands'
Entirely Up to You, Darling (2008)
Suggested films to see:
Guns at Batasi (1964)
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
The Great Escape (1963)
The Dock Brief (1962)
The Angry Silence (1960)