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Actors pay tribute to Lord Attenborough at the Emmys

British actors paid tribute to late actor and director Richard Attenborough at the Emmy Awards last night.

The former Bafta president died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told the BBC.

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Attenborough hailed as 'titan of British cinema'

Lord Attenborough has been hailed as a "titan of British cinema" by Bafta (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) of whom he was a passionate supporter and a former president.

Lord Attenborough also won four Baftas during his career. Credit: Myung Jung Kim/PA Archive

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of esteemed filmmaker and former Bafta President, Lord Attenborough Kt, CBE, whose passionate support of Bafta for more than 50 years was integral to who we are today. He will be sorely missed."

Lord Attenborough made his last film when he was in 83rd year, BAFTA recalled, saying it was "a reminder of the stamina and enduring love for the medium of film that are a hallmark of his long and successful career".

"A passionate filmmaker, a man of principle and - in contradiction of sometimes lachrymose image - possessing the kind of dogged determination that sees films get made after decades of toil, and serve on committees for the greater good of an industry he loved. A titan of British cinema, to say he embodied its finest qualities is to have it backwards. British film would do well to live up to the example of industry, skill and compassion set by Richard, Lord Attenborough.

– Bafta

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