Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Richard Attenborough 1923 - 2014

There's not a lot I can add to what has already been written about Lord Richard Attenborough since his death on Sunday.

A great patron of the arts, particularly in Leicester, where his father was principal of University College Leicester (now Leicester University).

When he joined the House of Lords, he acquired the nickname "Lord Luvvie" - with anyone else that would be disparaging, with Attenborough it seemed endearing.

He acted in, and directed some of the greatest films in cinema history, including the multi-Oscar winning Ghandi.

He was patron of many charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, and of many theatres and theatre companies, such as Leicester's Little Theatre.

I heard somebody on the radio this morning say that "RADA probably wouldn't exist without him".

I've been listening all day to various tributes, with almost everybody saying what a nice man he was.

He may be gone, but his substantial body of work remains.


1 comment:

  1. I do hope it means we get to see some of his excellent films repeated on TV