Iconic Actor and Director Richard Attenborough Dead at Age 90

Lord Richard Attenborough, an Academy Award-winning director and actor famous for his iconic roles in films like Jurassic Park and Miracle on 34th Street, reportedly died Sunday at age 90.

Attenborough, who appeared in more than 70 films and directed another 12, was reportedly in bad health after he suffered a stroke six years ago. According to the BBC, he had been living in a nursing home with his wife of almost 60 years, Sheila Sim, since the stroke.

Attenborough's son confirmed the news of his death without providing additional information.

Attenborough was an acclaimed and respected actor, but he earned his greatest accolades from behind the camera. His 1982 film, Gandhi, swept the Oscars, netting him a statute for both best director and best picture. He also reportedly struck up a friendship with Princess Diana when Prince Charles asked him to write speeches for her.

Attenborough's family said they would make a formal statement about the 90-year-old actor—known in the British press as Dickie—on Monday.

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