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Actor Richard Attenborough dead at 90

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Sir Richard Attenborough watches the action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on December 12, 2009. (Getty Images)

Sir Richard Attenborough watches the action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on December 12, 2009. (Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) — Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.

The actor’s son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday.

Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director for his brilliant film “Gandhi” in 1982. But that signature achievement was only one of many highlights of a distinguished career.

Attenborough was one of the most familiar faces on the British arts scene, appearing in a many major Hollywood films and also directing a series of movies. He was also known for his extensive work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and other humanitarian causes.