Tributes pour in for cinema great Richard Attenborough

Tributes pour in for cinema great Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough arriving at the Royal premiere of his film "In Love and War" with his wife Sheila Sim in London, in this file picture taken February 12, 1997. British actor and film director Richard Attenborough died on at the age of 90 on August 24, 2014, the BBC reported.

LONDON - Two prime ministers and director Steven Spielberg were among those offering tributes to actor and film-maker Richard Attenborough who died on Sunday aged 90, bringing the curtain down on a six-decade career.

"Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema," said Cameron on Twitter, praising his star-making performance in 1947 classic "Brighton Rock" and his "stunning" work on "Gandhi", for which he won the 1983 best director Oscar.

Spielberg, who persuaded Attenborough to return to acting for 1994's "Jurassic Park", paid tribute to a "dear friend".

"Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life - family, friends, country and career," said the US director.

"He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic Gandhi and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in Jurassic Park.

"He was a dear friend and I am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him." Attenborough, who was born in Cambridge in 1923, also entered politics in later life.

Former prime minister Tony Blair, whose Labour Party appointed Attenborough to the House of Lords, said it had been "a privilege to know" the veteran performer.

He was a "fabulously successful yet humble and utterly without arrogance of any kind; possessing enormous compassion and humanity; gifted, creative, fascinating and yet approachable and good fun.

"In politics he was a fund of common sense, practical but with an absolute passion for human dignity and the equality of all," he told ITV News.

His 1987 drama "Cry Freedom", set in South Africa under apartheid, reflected the fact that Attenborough "believed passionately in social justice", a Labour spokesman said.

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