Richard Attenborough Overview

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Born: August 29, 1923

The son of a school administrator (and brother of future naturalist ­ David), the Cambridge native began dabbling in theatricals at the age of twelve. In 1941 he attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and turned professional, making his first stage appearance in a production of Ah, Wilderness! Two years later, he made his screen debut as the Young Sailor in In Which We Serve (1942). After three years' service with the Royal Air Force, Attenborough rose to film stardom in the 1947... See All


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