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Gandhi director Sir Richard Attenborough’s unseen pics

Richard Attenborough, who spent two decades trying to persuade sceptical movie moguls to back a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and eventually created one of the most successful films of all time, died on Sunday.

Richard Attenborough, who spent two decades trying to persuade sceptical movie moguls to back a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and eventually created one of the most successful films of all time, died on Sunday (August 24).

British film director and actor Sir Richard Attenborough attends the London Christmas Parade, in this file picture taken November 27, 1994. (Source: Reuters)

The elder brother of naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough, he was aged 90. Here are a few details about his life. Attenborough played underdogs and misfits in a string of character roles after World War Two, notably in "Brighton Rock", "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" and "10 Rillington Place".

In this May 17, 1970 file photo, British actor Richard Attenborough, center, who portrays mass murderer John Reginald Christie in the lead role of "10 Rillington Place" stands alongside John Hurt, right, and Judy Geeson in London, England. (Source: AP)

In 1967 and 1968, he won back-to-back Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Awards, the first for "The Sand Pebbles" and the second for "Doctor Dolittle", starring Rex Harrison. In 1969 Attenborough directed his first film, "“Oh What a Lovely War", a side-swipe at militarism. It won 16 international awards. (Souce: Express Archive Photo)

Attenborough's fifth film as a director, 'Gandhi', established him as one of Britain's best-known cinema personalities and won him a string of international awards.

A collage from the film Gandhi featuring Ben Kingsley. (Source: Express Archive Photo)

Gandhi, the $22 million epic came out in 1982 and scooped eight Hollywood Oscars, including Best Director - a record for a British film.

India's then President Giani Zail Singh presenting Padma Bhushan to Sri Richard Attenborough at civil investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 2.4.1983. (Source: Express photo by S Paul)

Ben Kingsley, who shot to stardom for his performance as Mahatma Gandhi, recalled Attenborough's passionate 20-year struggle to bring Gandhi's story to the big screen. The film won Best Actor Oscar for Kingsley.

Film producer Richard Attenborough, Ben Kingsley and Malati. (Source: Express Archive Photo)

In this April 11, 1983 file photo, British actor and director Richard Attenborough holds his two Oscars for his epic movie "Gandhi" at the 55th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Source: AP)

Attenborough married the English actress Sheila Sim in 1945.

Britain's Lord Richard Attenborough (R) and his wife Sheila Sim arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Diana at the Guards' Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London, in this file picture taken August 31, 2007. (Source: Reuters)

In 1987 he produced "“Cry Freedom", a film about Steve Biko, the South African black civil rights activist who died in police custody.

Britain's then Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) and director Richard Attenborough assist South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela (C) to the podium, during the unveiling ceremony of a statue in Mandela's honour in London's Parliament Square, in this file picture taken August 29, 2007. (Source: Reuters)

In 1993 he played the eccentric developer John Hammond in "Jurassic Park" and a year later starred in a remake of "Miracle on 34th Street."

Sir Richard Attenborough arrives at a reception hosted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to pay tribute to the contribution of more than 400 pioneers to British life at Buckingham Palace in London, in this file picture taken October 13, 2003. (Source: Reuters)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets Sir Richard Attenborough and his wife at a gala performance of "The Mousetrap" in London, in this 2002 file picture. (Source: Reuters)

Richard Samuel Attenborough was born on Aug. 29, 1923, in Cambridge, eastern England. His father, Frederick, was a university professor, and his mother, Mary, marched behind a banner denouncing Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco and helped care for Spanish Civil War refugees.

Sir Richard Attenborough addressing a press conference of film Shatranj Ke Khiladi at Grand Hotel Calcutta (Source: Express Archive Photo)