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Remembering a 'titan': Richard Attenborough's most memorable film moments

Richard Attenborough as Dr John Hammond in Jurassic Park. Credit: United Archives/IFTN/DPA

After several decades as a dominating force in British cinema, Richard Attenborough will be remembered in a variety of guises from ne'er-do-well Pinkie Brown to Santa Claus with a stint as Oscar-winning director in between.

Here are a handful of his most memorable moments in a cinema career spanning decades.

Brighton Rock (1947)

After achieving glittering reviews for the role on the West End stage, Attenborough took to the big screen as roguish anti-hero Pinkie Brown in the adaptation of Graham Green's Brighton Rock.

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The Great Escape (1963)

Attenborough's big US break came some 15 years later, starring alongside big names such as Steve McQueen and James Garner - the latter of whom died last month.

In the classic World War Two film, the British actor - then on the cusp of 40 - plays Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett, or 'Big X'.

Guns at Batasi (1964)

Another military role - albeit a slightly lower profile one - saw Attenborough deliver a Best Actor Bafta one year later.

In Guns at Batasi, Attenborough excels as Regimental Sergeant Major in an East African colonial outpost toward the end of the British Empire.

10 Rillington Place (1971)

Those who have come to know Attenborough as the cuddly grandfather of British cinema may be somewhat shocked to recall his performance in 1971 thriller 10 Rillington Place.

Attenborough received rave reviews as serial killer John Christie in the film based on killings in Halifax during the middle of the twentieth century.

Jurassic Park (1993)

After some years away from the front of the camera, Attenborough was persuaded out of retirement by Steven Spielberg for a blockbuster franchise based on a novel by Michael Crichton.

To people of a certain generation, he will always be best known for the line: 'Welcome to Jurassic Park'.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

While it may not be one of his most lauded films, the image of Richard Attenborough as the lovable, white-bearded Santa Claus is perhaps one of his most enduring.

Gandhi (1982)

Attenborough's masterpiece Gandhi earned him Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director - undoubtedly the highlight of a stunning career,

The film, starring Ben Kingsley as the Indian leader, won eight Oscars that year in total and proved to have been worth the huge frustrations in getting it to the big screen.