For many moviegoers, Richard Attenborough will be best remembered as an avuncular, white-bearded presence in films such as
Here are six of his notable works.
"Brighton Rock" (1947): One of Attenborough's early breakout roles came in John Boulting's noir thriller adapted from the Graham Greene novel of the same name. He played Pinkie Brown, a psychopathic young gang leader who uses a waitress as an alibi for murder.
Attenborough had previously played Pinkie in a London stage production that Greene detested, but the actor ultimately impressed the author with his screen performance.
"The Angry Silence" (1960): Dissatisfied with the character roles he was being offered in the '50s, Attenborough co-founded the independent production company Beaver Films with actor-screenwriter Bryan Forbes in 1959. Their first movie was 1960's "The Angry Silence," a gritty British New Wave drama starring Attenborough as a hard-working machine operator who gets caught up in a power struggle between factory management and union agitators. Although controversial for its politics, the film went on to be critical and box-office success.
"Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969): Attenborough made his directorial debut on this musical satire of
"Chaplin" (1992): If Attenborough never duplicated the sensational success of "Gandhi," he did prove himself to be a quintessential actors' director, guiding three more thespians after Kingsley to Oscar nominations. One was
"Jurassic Park" (1993): For what may have been his most famous on-screen role, Attenborough acted for