Richard Attenborough’s India Connection Lives on Forever with ‘Gandhi’ Film

Richard Attenborough, director and producer of the famous film "Gandhi" that went on to win him two Academy Awards in 1983, died aged 90 on Sunday, August 24, 2014, after almost seven years of illness.

Attenborough was not new to India dating back to his frequent visits before making of the film that brought him to stay for long from 1980 to 1982. He was honoured with the award of Padma Bhushan in 1983 by the Indian government.

The film on Gandhi was conceived as early as in 1962 when then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter met some prospective directors in London but it was postponed twice due to some disaster or the other.

Finally when Nehru’s daughter Indira Gandhi returned as Prime Minister for the second time in 1980 that the film took off and $10 million funding from the National Film Development Corporation made it see through production. The film was released in December 1982.

As an actor, he was known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street, and of course, the latest Jurassic Park. Here is his detailed filmography.


Year Title Role

1942 In Which We Serve A young stoker
1943 Schweik’s New Adventures Railway worker
1944 The Hundred Pound Window Tommy Draper
1946 Journey Together David Wilton
1946 A Matter of Life and Death An English pilot
1946 School for Secrets Jack Arnold
1947 Brighton Rock Pinkie Brown
1947 The Man Within Francis Andrews
1947 Dancing with Crime Ted Peters
1948 London Belongs to Me Percy Boon
1948 The Guinea Pig Jack Read
1949 The Lost People Jan
1949 Boys in Brown Jackie Knowles
1950 Morning Departure Stoker Snipe
1951 The Magic Box Jack Carter
1951 Hell is Sold Out Pierre Bonnet
1952 Father’s Doing Fine Dougall
1952 Eight O’Clock Walk Thomas "Tom" Leslie Manning
1952 Gift Horse Dripper Daniels
1955 The Ship That Died of Shame George Hoskins
1956 Private’s Progress Pvt. Percival Henry Cox
1956 The Baby and the Battleship Knocker White
1957 The Scamp Stephen Leigh
1957 Brothers in Law Henry Marshall
1958 Dunkirk John Holden
1958 The Man Upstairs Peter Watson
1958 Sea of Sand Brody
1959 The League of Gentlemen Lexy
1959 I’m All Right Jack Sidney De Vere Cox
1959 Danger Within Capt. "Bunter" Phillips
1959 Jet Storm Ernest Tiller
1959 SOS Pacific Whitney Mullen
1960 The Angry Silence Tom Curtis
1961 Whistle Down the Wind
1962 Only Two Can Play Probert
1962 The L-Shaped Room
1962 The Dock Brief aka Trial and Error Herbert Fowle
1963 The Great Escape Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett
1964 The Third Secret Alfred Price-Gorham
1964 Séance on a Wet Afternoon Billy Savage
1964 Guns at Batasi Regimental Sgt. Major Lauderdale
1965 The Flight of the Phoenix Lew Moran
1966 The Sand Pebbles Frenchy Burgoyne
1967 Doctor Dolittle Albert Blossom
1968 Only When I Larf Silas
1968 The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Robert Blossom
1969 The Magic Christian Oxford coach
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
1970 Loot Inspector Truscott
1970 The Last Grenade Gen. Charles Whiteley
1970 A Severed Head Palmer Anderson
1971 10 Rillington Place John Christie
1972 Cup Glory Narrator
1972 Young Winston
1974 And Then There Were None Judge Arthur Cannon
1975 Rosebud Edward Sloat
1975 Brannigan Cmdr. Sir Charles Swann
1975 Conduct Unbecoming Maj. Lionel E. Roach
1977 Shatranj Ke Khilari Lt. General Outram
1977 A Bridge Too Far Lunatic wearing glasses
1978 Magic
1979 The Human Factor Col. John Daintry
1982 Gandhi
1985 A Chorus Line
1987 Cry Freedom
1992 Chaplin
1993 Jurassic Park John Hammond
1993 Shadowlands
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Kris Kringle
1996 Hamlet English Ambassador to Denmark
1996 In Love and War
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park John Hammond
1998 Elizabeth Sir William Cecil
1999 Grey Owl
1999 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat- Jacob
2002 Puckoon Narrator
2007 Closing the Ring.

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