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Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

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Richard AttenboroughOscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son has said.  Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.

In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.

As a director he was perhaps best known for Gandhi, which won him two Oscars.

Lord Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years, BBC arts editor Will Gompertz said.

He had also been in a wheelchair since falling down stairs six years ago, our correspondent added.

Hi son told the BBC Lord Attenborough died at lunchtime on Sunday.

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