Currently alive, at 96 years of age.
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1923 – Born in Cambridge on the 29th of August.
1942 – His film career began as a deserting sailor in In Which We Serve.
1950 – He worked prolifically in British films for the next thirty years, and appeared in several successful comedies for John and Roy Boulting.
1959 – The League of Gentlemen.
1960 – He expanded his range of character roles in films such as Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Guns at Batasi.
– The Angry Silence.
1961 – Whistle Down the Wind.
1963 – He appeared in the ensemble cast of The Great Escape, as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett, the head of the escape committee.
1964 – he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the regimental Sergeant Major.
1967-1968 – He won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards in the category of Best Supporting Actor, the first time for The Sand Pebbles starring Steve McQueen, and the second time for Doctor Dolittle starring Rex Harrison.
1983 – He would win another Golden Globe for Best Director, for Gandhi.
1985 – Attenborough also directed the screen version of the musical A Chorus Line and the apartheid drama Cry Freedom based on the experiences of Donald Woods.
1992 – His most recent films as director and producer include Chaplin starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Charlie Chaplin and Shadowlands, based on the relationship between C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham.
– He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director for both films.