Today marks a sad goodbye to a fantastic man – Richard Attenborough (best known by the modern generation for playing the role of John Hammond in Jurassic Park).
Richard was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary Clegg, who was one of the founders of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a don at Emmanuel College.
Educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester, he then went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), of which he later became president. His first screen role was as a cowardly sailor in the 1942 film In Which We Serve. During the war, he also served in the Royal Air Force.
But his breakthrough role was as the psychopathic young gangster, Pinkie Brown, in the 1947 film adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel, Brighton Rock…following up with another hit in The Great Escape in 1963. What many didn’t know is the story of tragedy that struck the star and his family when his elder daughter Jane and her daughter Lucy were killed in the South Asian tsunami on Boxing Day in 2004. According to friends and family, Richard was never the same after that.
Mr. Attenborough – your life may be over. But your legacy is just beginning. R.I.P. my friend.