Richard Attenborough Quick Info
Height5 ft 6½ in
Weight86 kg
Date of BirthAugust 29, 1923
Zodiac SignVirgo
Date of DeathAugust 24, 2014

Richard Attenborough was an English actor, filmmaker, and entrepreneur who was well-known for having an illustrious career in which he directed the Oscar-winning film, Gandhi (1982) and featured in films like Doctor Dolittle (1967), Jurassic Park (1993), The Great Escape (1963), Brighton Rock (1948), etc.

Born Name

Richard Samuel Attenborough

Nick Name


Richard Attenborough as seen in 2007Richard Attenborough as seen in 2007
Richard Attenborough as seen in 2007 (Gdcgraphics / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0)


He was born on August 29, 1923.


He passed away on August 24, 2014, from old age in Northwood, London at the age of 90 years.

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Sun Sign


Born Place

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom





Actor, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur


  • Father – Frederick Attenborough (Scholar, Academic Administrator)
  • Mother – Mary Clegg
  • Siblings – David Attenborough (Younger Brother) (Broadcaster, Biologist, Natural Historian, Author), John Attenborough (Younger Brother) (Executive, Financial Advisor)

Net Worth

At the time of his death, his net worth was $20 million according to




5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm


86 kg or 189.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Richard had dated –

  1. Sheila Sim (1945-2014) – He was married to actress Sheila Sim from January 22, 1945, until his death in August 2014. Together, they had raised 3 children named Michael Attenborough (b. February 13, 1950), Jane Attenborough (September 30, 1955 – December 26, 2004), and Charlotte Attenborough (b. June 29, 1959).
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Richard Attenborough as seen smiling in 1975Richard Attenborough as seen smiling in 1975
Richard Attenborough as seen smiling in 1975 (Verhoeff, Bert / Anefo / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 NL)

Race / Ethnicity


He had English ancestry.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ due to his advanced age.

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Warm persona
  • Short height
Richard Attenborough seen during his term as Chancellor of the University of Sussex in 2006Richard Attenborough seen during his term as Chancellor of the University of Sussex in 2006
Richard Attenborough seen during his term as Chancellor of the University of Sussex in 2006 (Jeremy Keith / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0)

Richard Attenborough Facts

  1. He was keen on making a film about the life of Mahatma Gandhi for many years before directing the acclaimed biographical film, Gandhi in 1982. The film was listed as the 34th ‘Greatest British Film of the 20th Century’.
  2. The title of ‘Life President of Chelsea F.C.’ was conferred upon Attenborough in 2008.
  3. He had officially retired from acting in 1978, but he returned for a role in Steven Spielberg‘s, Jurassic Park (1993) because he felt bad that his film Gandhi (1982) was awarded the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar over Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
  4. Attenborough was the last World War II veteran to win an Academy Award for ‘Best Director’.
  5. He had once stated that he would come back from acting retirement only for the role of Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film franchise. The role, however, went to Richard Harris and Michael Gambon.
  6. Richard was made President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2003. The previous person to occupy that designation was Princess Diana from 1989 to 1997.
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