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Richard Attenborough, the British actor and director known for his acclaimed work both in front of and behind the camera, has died. He was 90.

Attenborough's celebrated career spanned more than six decades, beginning with his film acting debut in 1942 Best Picture Oscar winner "In Which We Serve." He went on to become an accomplished director as well, snagging the Best Director Academy Award for the 1982 film "Gandhi," which won eight Oscars.

While he continued to direct into the 1990s, helming the Robert Downey Jr.-starring "Chaplin" in 1992, he was perhaps best known to the Millennial generation for a pair of performances in beloved '90s flicks "Jurassic Park" and "Miracle on 34th Street." In the former, Attenborough played eccentric billionaire John Hammond, who bankrolled the titular dinosaur-filled theme park; in the latter remake, he played Santa Claus.

Attenborough, who attained the title of Lord in his native Britain, was remembered by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron as "one of the greats of cinema." The late actor is survived by his wife and two children.

via: Associated Press

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