Richard Attenborough, Jurassic Park's John Hammond, Dies Aged 90

Richard Attenborough, Jurassic Park's John Hammond, Dies Aged 90

Richard Attenborough as john hammond from jurrasic park

Richard Attenborough's acting and directing career spanned over sixty years.

Actor and director Richard Attenborough, acclaimed for his acting stints in pictures such as The Great Escape, and directing efforts of movies such as Ghandi, has passed away at the age of 90. To the geek community, Attenborough will be perhaps best remembered for his role as John Hammond from the iconic dinosaur thriller, Jurassic Park.

Steven Spielberg, who directed Jurassic Park, said of Attenborough: "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 said. "He was a dear friend and I am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him."

Attenborough had apparently been moved to a nursing home due to his advanced age, where he was living with his wife. His son said that the family would offer a full statement on Monday.

Sir Ben Kingsley, who played the title role in Attenborough's Ghandi said that the director "trusted me with the crucial and central task of bringing to life a dream it took him 20 years to bring to fruition. When he gave me the part of Gandhi it was with great grace and joy. He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him."

Along with his naturalist brother David, known for his documentaries, Richard was one of Britain's best-known screen celebrities, and will surely be missed by the world.

Source: BBC

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I swear deaths in media always happen in waves.

Wonder who is next. Christopher lee perhaps.

Condolences towards the family, he will surely be missed.

Sad to hear another good director/actor has died. Lost quite a few this year.

Damn man, it seems like one after another. I have the sneaking suspicion that we'll be getting a lot of these posts in the not too near future though.

If he didn't get eaten by a Tyrannosaurus it's a crime against good taste.

the older you get the more good actors and others leave some sooner then others

RIP. I'm sure they'll spare no expense with your funeral.

... I feel like I'm heartless for not knowing he had different name until now... but at the same time, he was immortalized in my memory, as well as the memory of many, as John Hammond... I honestly hope they do make Jurassic Park 4, just to give him a dedication...

Rest in peace, Richard Attenborough. You had a long run, and I hope you enjoy your eternal rest.

Jesus, John Hammond? That is what he known for?

He was the greatest juvenile delinquent of all of all time as Pinkie in Brighton Rock, chilling Serial Killer John Christie in 10 Rillington Place, and of course Big X in that greatest of classics The Great Escape.

I was just remarking before that you can tell what gen someone is from by how they remember Richard Attenborough:

Baby-Boomers: The Great Escape.
Gen X: Ghandi
Gen Y: Jurassic Park.

Great man, vale.

Shamanic Rhythm:
I was just remarking before that you can tell what gen someone is from by how they remember Richard Attenborough:

Baby-Boomers: The Great Escape.
Gen X: Ghandi
Gen Y: Jurassic Park.

Great man, vale.

I actually remember him more for the Miracle on 34th Street remake. Always watch it at Christmas ever since I was a kid. The scene where he signs to the deaf girl always warms my heart.

Rest in peace Sir Richard.

Dark Knifer:
I swear deaths in media always happen in waves.

Wonder who is next. Christopher lee perhaps.

I hate to even think that, but as it is I check wikipedia every month or so to make sure he's still alive, and have this funny mental image of him keeping a list of people he outlived.

OT: I never saw any of the movies he's known for (not even Jurassic Park, but I HAVE to watch that now) but still I knew of him and his renown as an actor and this is a great loss, R.I.P Sir David,

I'll remember him for his countless contributions to nature documentaries.

This was a man in tune with the world, and it is a crying shame to see him pass ;(

I'll always remember him as John Hammond, Jurassic Park was by far my favorite movie when I was younger (it's still a damn fine movie). A real shame to hear, may he rest in peace.

On a sidenote, I'm totally expecting to see some artwork online where the pearly gates look like the Jurassic Park-gate with Richard walking through it, finally realizing his dream.

Oly J:

R.I.P Sir David,

Sigmund Av Volsung:
I'll remember him for his countless contributions to nature documentaries.

This was a man in tune with the world, and it is a crying shame to see him pass ;(

You're both thinking of the naturalist Sir David Attenborough, Richard's brother. He's still alive.

Captain Quetzal:

Oly J:

R.I.P Sir David,

Sigmund Av Volsung:
I'll remember him for his countless contributions to nature documentaries.

This was a man in tune with the world, and it is a crying shame to see him pass ;(

You're both thinking of the naturalist Sir David Attenborough, Richard's brother. He's still alive.

How awkward :X

In either case, I still respect both of them equally. Quite similar for brothers, but both are equally amazing human beings. The loss of either of them is saddening.

Sigmund Av Volsung:

Captain Quetzal:

Oly J:

R.I.P Sir David,

Sigmund Av Volsung:
I'll remember him for his countless contributions to nature documentaries.

This was a man in tune with the world, and it is a crying shame to see him pass ;(

You're both thinking of the naturalist Sir David Attenborough, Richard's brother. He's still alive.

How awkward :X

In either case, I still respect both of them equally. Quite similar for brothers, but both are equally amazing human beings. The loss of either of them is saddening.

oh god that's embarrassing! I meant Richard, but David Attenborough is the name that springs more readily to mind for some reason

captcha: Bruce Lee, I know captcha, that was tragic too

Oly J:

Dark Knifer:
I swear deaths in media always happen in waves.

Wonder who is next. Christopher lee perhaps.

I hate to even think that, but as it is I check wikipedia every month or so to make sure he's still alive, and have this funny mental image of him keeping a list of people he outlived.

I have a similar view of Adam West.

Rest in peace, sir. I've always remembered him from the WW2 films he was in. He helped us win the war, along with John Mills ;)

Dark Knifer:
Wonder who is next. Christopher Lee perhaps.

A friend of mine and I made a pact; when Sir Christopher Lee passes from this mortal plane, we are going on a pub crawl and we will drink every drink mentioned in this song:

Dark Knifer:
I swear deaths in media always happen in waves.

Wonder who is next. Christopher lee perhaps.

Condolences towards the family, he will surely be missed.

Christopher Lee is too badass for Death.

Actually, without joking, by how active he is at his age, I can easily see him become to oldest active male actor, and figuratively he does intend to die on stage, as he often say that acting is his life and that he as no intention of retiring. Not that he got much competition left:

- Kirk Douglas, Spartacus;
- Eli Wallach, one of Mr. Freeze actor in Adam West Batman, died, at 98, back in June;
- Carl Reiner;
- Louis Jourdan, the French Christopher Lee, so more suave as fuck instead of badass, compared to Lee, he played Dracula, also a James Bond main antagonist, Kamal Khan, in Octopussy, which movie oddly enough share a Bond girl actress, Maud Adam, with The Man with the Golden Gun, but retired in 90s, so don't think he can be considered active;
- and Norman Lloyd, who is currently the oldest living male actor, at 99.

A sad day it becomes when an actor who is truly good at what he does dies.
But maybe...maybe we can preserve the body somehow, mix his DNA with a toad's and create clones of them. We could do this with all the celebrities who've recently died. We can put them in some sort of theme park.
There is no way this will end in the death of multiple people and the park shutting down before it opens. I guarantee that Wayne Knight will not die there.

Unlike Robin death, his was somewhat not suprising per say (90 is an old age to be at). Still what sadden me was that his daughter and granddaugher were killed during the India tsuami (I only just learned that from today news on his death).

Anyway I will always remember him for his role in Jurassic Park and I really should check out the other films he was in during his youth.

Steven Bogos:
To the geek community, Attenborough will be perhaps best remembered for his role as John Hammond from the iconic dinosaur thriller,

This is true and it makes me very sad as a movie geek.

Dark Knifer:
I swear deaths in media always happen in waves.

Wonder who is next. Christopher lee perhaps.

Condolences towards the family, he will surely be missed.

NO,NO,NO,NO! Christopher lee is going to live forever, or at least he will once I've completed the ritual.

OT: Rest in peace Mr. Attenborough. It's sad that you're gone, but I'm happy you got so many years full of life; we should all be so lucky.

chiggerwood:

Dark Knifer:
I swear deaths in media always happen in waves.

Wonder who is next. Christopher lee perhaps.

Condolences towards the family, he will surely be missed.

NO,NO,NO,NO! Christopher lee is going to live forever, or at least he will once I've completed the ritual.

OT: Rest in peace Mr. Attenborough. It's sad that you're gone, but I'm happy you got so many years full of life; we should all be so lucky.

I like to imagine that Death attempted to take Christopher Lee back in WWII, but he ambushed that punk bitch just like he did with so many Nazis, and after being so thoroughly thrashed and threatened with more, Death has been afraid to make a repeat attempt at him ever since. That, and based on how good a shape Christopher Lee maintains, unless he's hiding some condition, he'll be around for quite some time. If Death ever does take the man, it'll only be because he LET himself be taken, because he was bored dominating life on this plane and wanted to conquer somewhere new.

Captain Quetzal:

Oly J:

R.I.P Sir David,

Sigmund Av Volsung:
I'll remember him for his countless contributions to nature documentaries.

This was a man in tune with the world, and it is a crying shame to see him pass ;(

You're both thinking of the naturalist Sir David Attenborough, Richard's brother. He's still alive.

I have to admit when I first saw the thread title I was like DAVID ATTENBOROUGH IS DEAD NO. Then I read again and was like 'Oh ok'.

Dark Knifer:
I swear deaths in media always happen in waves.

Wonder who is next. Christopher lee perhaps.

Condolences towards the family, he will surely be missed.

Good gods don't tempt the fates, we need Christopher Lee to fight off the evil ones with his voice and music... surely we will be overwhelmed by the faceless nameless non-entities if he were to fall.

OT: While it is sad, 90 is a solid number to go out on and he had such a great career and life. Condolences and well wishes to the family, thanks to him for such great works. RIP sir.

 

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