File - British actor and director Richard Attenborough arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards in London on April 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Two prime ministers and director Steven Spielberg were among those offering tributes to actor and filmmaker Richard Attenborough who died Sunday aged 90, bringing the curtain down on a six-decade career.Spielberg, who persuaded Attenborough to return to acting for 1994's "Jurassic Park," paid tribute to a "dear friend".In 1962 Attenborough was approached by an associate of the family of Mahatma Gandhi about making a film about the life of the founder of independent India.It would take another two decades for the project to be realized – by 1980 Attenborough had secured the money, and "Gandhi" became his biggest success.The 1982 film won eight Oscars, including best director and best actor for Ben Kingsley, five Golden Globes, five Baftas (the British Academy of Film and Television Art) and brought him world acclaim.Attenborough also entered politics in later life. Football club Chelsea, of which Attenborough was a lifelong supporter, also paid tribute to the director.
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