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Actor best known for his role in The Great Escape who became a stalwart of TV drama
The tall frame and dark good looks of the actor Tom Adams, who has died of cancer aged 76, made him a natural for casting directors. He will be best remembered on the big screen for his role as Dai Nimmo, the Raf officer in charge of “diversions”, in the 1963 prisoner-of-war drama The Great Escape, alongside Richard Attenborough, James Garner and the rising star Steve McQueen. The money he earned from the classic movie enabled Adams to buy his first car after years of earning a pittance on stage and teaching English and drama at a London school.
“It was a lovely summer,” Adams recalled of filming in Germany, talking to the journalist Sinclair McKay last year. “I had a hell of a time.” It also gave him an insight into the power of stardom. »
- Anthony Hayward
Tom Adams, an actor who appeared in the film The Great Escape and on shows such as Doctor Who, has died. He was 76. His agent, Emma Harvey, confirmed to the Guardian that Adams died following a battle with cancer. "A true gentleman, his personality was as big and warm as his voice," Harvey said. "We’ll miss him very much." See more Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Adams is perhaps best known for playing Dai Nimmo in the 1963 World War II classic The Great Escape opposite Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. "It was a lovely summer.
- Ryan Gajewski, Mike Barnes
Actor Tom Adams has died at the age of 76.
The star, best known for his role in the 1963 classic The Great Escape, passed away following a battle with cancer.
As well as appearing in The Great Escape, Adams had a successful television career.
Later, he played Sir Daniel Fogarty in period drama The Onedin Line between 1977 and 1980.
More recently, he was a voiceover artist for several adverts and was the long-running voice of E4.
His agent Emma Harvey said: "A true gentleman and a class act, his personality was as big and warm as his wonderful voice. We'll miss him very much." »
The gears in composer Alexandre Desplat’s head are always turning. They have to be; even with a packed scheduled — he’ll see five films hit American screens before the end of 2014 — his artistic process is still one of care and contemplation. With each new score, Desplat chisels out a sound that’s recognizably story-driven, interwoven with theme and individual from his other works. In his new film, "The Imitation Game," the composer translates Alan Turing’s life into a fractaling piano score that encompasses both the mathematician’s achievements — cracking the Nazi’s "Enigma Code" with a proto-computer known as the Turing Machine — and an emotional frustration bubbling underneath the surface. If Desplat’s espionage sounds click with Oscar voters, "The Imitation Game" would net him his seventh Academy Award nomination. He previously nabbed a spot in the top five with "The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Matt Patches
Five years after director Bruce Brown made the seminal surfing movie “The Endless Summer,” he made what many considered the definitive motorcycle movie “On Any Sunday” (1971), which included some of the world’s leading bike-race enthusiasts, including movie star Steve McQueen (whose jump over Nazi barbed wire in “The Great Escape” had been feeding adolescent fantasies since the Kennedy administration). Thirty-three years later, Dana Brown -- who helped his father turn out “Endless Summer II” in 1994 -- has directed “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter” which includes some of the more hair-raising riders in the motocross world and some of their more spine-tingling stunts. (The film is currently in limited release.) “‘On Any Sunday’ was the film I saw when I was 11 or 12, and made me want to become a filmmaker,” Dana Brown said in New York this week. “I thought it was amazing. And then I had this apprenticeship »
- John Anderson
Exclusive: When I pull up to the home that Robert Downey Jr and his wife and producing partner Susan share in Malibu, there are the trappings you would expect from the house owned by Hollywood’s best paid actor. The small fleet of cars, all tarped; the expanse of Pacific Ocean viewable from most anywhere on the grounds, a small staff that runs the house. But there are also the mischievous aspects you expect from Downey. There is that wooden blocking dummy in the barn that has raised bruises a plenty as Downey spent the last decade closing in on his black belt in the Chinese martial art Wing Chun. There’s the bright yellow front door that is as cheery and inviting as the spacious interior. The rooms are adorned by an undoubtedly pricey artwork collection, but there is nothing show-offy; the bathroom, for instance, features a medley of framed photos, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
In Memoriam. pic.twitter.com/5jL7Sh9Hpr. Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 25, 2014 This weekend we lost the legendary Lord Richard Attenborough, and even today his loss is still felt. The tremendous actor/director of such films as The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, Brighton Rock, Gandhi and Chaplin left a full life and a grand legacy behind, which has mostly been highlighted by his work in Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece Jurassic Park. Now while Attenborough did have an enormous legacy before his role as the eccentric John Hammond, it is that role that most modern audiences identify him with. A role that is being paid tribute by friends, colleagues, and even those who did not get to work with him, but continue his legacy tangentially. Case in point is Colin Trevorrow's tweet from last night, showcasing what can be assumed to be a memorial to John Hammond in the »
"In memoriam," Trevorrow captioned the photo.
Lord Attenborough's career milestones included starring in the classic films The Great Escape, Brighton Rock and Miracle on 34th Street, as well as earning an Academy Award for directing 1982 biopic Gandhi.
The film will be set 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park.
Gallery: Lord Richard Attenborough - Life in Pictures »
This isn’t the story of a ship, but it starts with one. A month after the real-life Royal Navy resupplied Malta during Operation Pedestal, In Which We Serve hit theaters in the UK. It’s a WWII story made and released during WWII, featuring the sinking of the Hms Torrin as a symbol for the temporary loss that makes us all fight harder for the larger victory. A seafaring Alamo whose stalwart captain goes on to fire even larger guns from an even stouter ship at the destined-to-fail Nazis. This was Richard Attenborough‘s film debut as an actor. He played a yellow-gutted shell loader who abandons his post, leaving the men up top without one of their ammo sources. It’s a role hidden within a sea of other characters, but Attenborough — whose character doesn’t even have a name — gets a spotlit moment to twist his face in terror until ultimately breaking. The »
- Scott Beggs
Richard Attenborough: British actor and director Richard Attenborough has died, just shy of turning 91 years of age. His most notable film roles included turns as an incendiary punk in 1947's trail-blazing Brighton Rock, a military leader in 1963's The Great Escape, and a cuddly grandfather/misguided visionary in 1993's Jurassic Park. He became a producer in 1959 and made his directorial debut with the musical Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969, later winning two Academy Awards for 1982's Gandhi. [BBC] Matthew McConaughey: After a series of critically acclaimed roles (including Magic Mike, above), Matthew McConaughey is in big demand in Hollywood. The latest rumors involve him playing a villainous role as Randall Flag in...
- Peter Martin
Honored and adored, British actor and director Richard Attenborough died Sunday, leaving a void in the world of entertainment. Over the course of his 60-year-plus career that took him both behind (as a director and producer, of Gandhi, Shadowlands and Chaplin) and in front (as an actor) of the camera, Attenborough notched a considerable number of indelible roles. Here are some of the finer examples of his acting. The Great Escape (1963) Attenborough made a number of films with Steve McQueen, but probably none better remembered than this WWII adventure classic, largely responsible for the "motley crew of outcasts band together »
Richard Attenborough: British actor and director Richard Attenborough has died, just shy of turning 91 years of age. His most notable films roles included his turns as an incendiary punk in 1947's trailblazing Brighton Rock, a military leader in 1963's The Great Escape and a cuddly grandfather/misguided visionary in 1993's Jurassic Park. He became a producer in 1959 and made his directorial debut with the musical Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969, later winning two Academy Awards for 1982's Gandhi. [BBC] Matthew McConaughey: After a series of critically acclaimed roles (including Magic Mike, above), Matthew McConaughey is in big demand in Hollywood. The latest rumors involve him playing a villainous role as Randall Flag in the upcoming adaptation...
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Director and actor Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. An acclaimed performer who seamlessly segued from working in front of the camera to behind it, Attenborough earned two Oscars for his illuminating biopic Gandhi, for Best Picture and Best Director at the 1983 ceremony.
That victory came after a long and fruitful career in cinema for Attenborough, which began with an uncredited role as a deserting sailor in 1942 pic In Which We Serve. The British actor’s breakthrough role came five years later, in John Boulting’s adaptation of the Graham Greene novel Brighton Rock. From there, Attenborough’s star continued to climb. He would go on to work prolifically in British cinema, appearing in many comedies including Private’s Progress and I’m All Right Jack. Attenborough also succeeded on the stage, leading the West End production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap for a time.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Less than a week shy of his 91st birthday, news has come from across the pond that actor and director, Lord Richard Attenborough passed away earlier today at a nursing home he lived at with his wife. Attenborough had a film career spanning six decades. He began acting in the early 1940s and his breakout role came in 1948 as gangster Pinkie Grown in Brighton Rock. He starred in one of the all time great WWII films The Great Escape, which featured a massive ensemble cast including Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn and James Garner. Contemporary audiences will remember him best as John 'spared no expense' Hammond in Spielberg's Jurassic Park films.He began directing in 1969 with Oh! What A Lovely War. A...
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Sir Richard Attenborough, an actor who appeared in more than seventy films, including "Jurassic Park," has died at the age of 90. Attenborough was also a producer and a director, most famously spending twenty years trying to bring the life of Mahatma Gandhi to the big script. He eventually accomplished this with "Gandhi," which won eight Oscars, including one for Best Director, for him. In addition to "Jurassic Park," the actor has appeared in such films as "The Great Escape," "Dr. Dolittle." He later return for "Jurassic Park: The Lost World" and is featured on Universal Studios' "Jurassic Park" ride. "Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life . family, friends, country and career," Steven Spielberg said in a statement. "He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic 'Ghandi,' and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in 'Jurassic Park. »
Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, with the actor and director’s son confirming his passing on Sunday afternoon. Famed for parts in such titles as Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and Jurassic Park, Lord Attenborough’s career spanned some six decades, and included a pair of Oscar wins. Those were awarded to him for his work on Gandhi, which saw him scoop the coveted double-header of Best Picture and Best Director. “Richard Attenborough trusted me with the crucial and central task of bringing to life a dream it took...
- George Wales
We pay our respects to Richard Attenborough, the legendary British actor, director and producer.
Each generation will have their own memories of the late Richard Attenborough. Some will remember him for his work as a character actor on the stage and the big screen in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, such as the terrifying Pinkie Brown in the film adaptation of Brighton Rock, Roger Bartlett in The Great Escape, or Billy Savage in Seance On A Wet Afternoon.
Others will remember him as the Oscar-winning producer and director of such films as Young Winston, A Bridge Too Far, Gandhi, Chaplin and Shadowlands. A younger generation will never forget his turn as John Hammond, the quixotic dinosaur maker in Jurassic Park and its sequel, The Lost World.
Although Ghandi saw Attenborough at the height of his critical acclaim - the film was nominated for 11 Oscars, and won eight - he continued »
Attenborough's role in the 1963 classic The Great Escape gained him international acclaim.
The film industry has lost another legend with the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, who was one of the pioneers in successfully carving out dual careers as both actor and director. Attenborough was a familiar face as an acclaimed character actor in British films in the post-wwii era but gained international stardom in director John Sturges' 1963 WWII classic The Great Escape. (Attenborough's co-star in that film, James Garner, passed away last month). Attenborough also co-starred with Steve McQueen in that film and would reunite with him in director Robert Wise's sprawling 1966 epic The Sand Pebbles, which would earn Attenborough a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He directed his first film in 1969, a big-budget anti-war musical Oh! What a Lovely War. In 1972, he directed the ambitious screen biography of Churchill, Young Winston. »
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- Michael Safi and Nancy Groves
Director and actor Richard Attenborough has passed away at the age of 90. Perhaps best known to U.S. audiences as the kindly but misguided John Hammond in Jurassic Park, Attenborough’s career spanned seven decades and in 1983 he won Best Director and Best Picture for Gandhi. His other directing credits included the star-studded A Bridge Too Far, the screen adaptation of the beloved stage musical A Chorus Line, and the biopic Chaplin, which earned Robert Downey Jr. a Best Actor nomination. His notable acting roles include Brighton Rock, 10 Rillington Place, The Great Escape, and many more. In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II awarded a life peerage to the British filmmaker. Our deepest condolences go out to Lord Attenborough’s family and friends. For more in-depth look at his life and accomplishments, click here.
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- Matt Goldberg
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