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Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies

Lord Richard Attenborough attends the Galaxy British Book Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on April 9, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Lord Richard Attenborough attends the Galaxy British Book Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on April 9, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Acclaimed actor-director Richard Attenborough has died, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported Sunday, citing his son. Attenborough was 90.

Attenborough is perhaps best-known for his work on the 1982 film “Ghandi,” which won eight Academy Awards, including best picture and best director.

The film took Attenborough some 20 years to make.

“I was bankrupt several times. I had to mortgage my house. My family suffered to a certain extent,” he said. “I placed things at risk because I cared about it so much.”

Attenborough’s marriage to actress Sheila Sim spanned seven decades and produced three children.

He also starred in “Jurassic Park” and a remake of “Miracle on 34th Street.”

“My philosophy has always been that I believe that art is not an elitist gift for a few select people. Art is for everyone,” Attenborough once said.

The cause of death was not immediately clear.

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