Revered English actor and director Sir Richard Attenborough, best known for his iconic role as Kris Kringle in the 1994 re-make of Miracle On 34th Street and the billionaire CEO John Hammond in Jurassic Park, died Sunday at the age of 90.
Attenborough, who was a celebrated actor in nearly 70 films including The Flight Of The Phoenix and The Great Escape, was also an acclaimed filmmaker, winning an Oscar for Best Director in 1983 for his film Gandhi, which also took home the gold for Best Picture.
Attenborough also received acclaim for directing a number of other classics such as A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin, and Shadowlands.
Attenborough also was knighted by the English crown in 1976.
According to the BBC, Attenborough's son, Michael, confirmed his father's passing, and revealed that his father had been in poor health for a number of years.
Attenborough is survived by his wife, Sheila Sim – who married Attenborough in 1945, their son, and a daughter.
Stars and celebrities who worked with Attenborough during his illustrious career have taken to twitter to post their condolences and memeories of the late Oscar winner:
Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) August 24, 2014
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of esteemed filmmaker and former BAFTA President Lord Attenborough: http://t.co/XnsDng7tnr— BAFTA (@BAFTA) August 24, 2014
Greatly saddened to hear the great Richard Attenborough has left us. Such a wonderful and talented man.— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) August 24, 2014
Sad to hear of Dickie Attenborogh. Family secret - he was Richard and David Dave. True story. He did so so much in so many arenas.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 24, 2014
His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) August 24, 2014
Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 24, 2014