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Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE was a British actor who portrayed John Hammond in Jurassic Park. Appearing in dozens of films – from the likes of Brighton Rock to The Great Escape – since the 1940s, he moved primarily into directing after the late 1970s, winning eight Oscars for Gandhi, but was persuaded to take the role in Jurassic Park by Steven Spielberg after a fourteen-year hiatus from acting. Often known as 'Dickie', he was made a Knight Bachelor in 1976 and made Baron Attenborough of Richmond-upon-Thames in 1993. He is the elder brother to famed wildlife expert and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. Attenborough died on 24 August 2014, five days before his 91st birthday.
Richard Attenborough played the character of John Hammond in the 1993 film Jurassic Park and its 1997 sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Steven Spielberg had previously wanted to cast Attenborough in the role of "Uncle Tootles" in the film Hook, but he was unavailable, as he was directing the film Chaplin at the time.
Because this film had popularised dinosaurs the surnames of its main actors were used to make the species name of the Tianchisaurus genus. The species name has become nedegoapeferima, in which the part a (after nedego) is the first letter of Attenborough.
The voice of Richard Attenborough was used posthumously in a trailer for Jurassic World. With sound editing Hammond's famous catchphrase "welcome to Jurassic Park" was changed into "welcome to Jurassic World".
When Richard Attenborough died in August 2014, the shooting of Jurassic World was in progress. Director Colin Trevorrow posted a picture of John Hammond's memorial statue with the caption "In Memoriam."
Jurassic World's official twitter account posted a picture of John Hammond with the birth and death years of Attenborough. The text said: "In remembrance of Richard Attenborough. His life found a way to touch the hearts, minds & imaginations of the world."
|Jurassic Park Actors|
|Sam Neill • Laura Dern • Jeff Goldblum • Richard Attenborough • Bob Peck • Martin Ferrero • Joseph Mazzello • Ariana Richards • Samuel L. Jackson • B.D. Wong • Wayne Knight • Gerald R. Molen • Miguel Sandoval • Cameron Thor • Christopher John Fields • Jophery C. Brown • Whit Hertford • Dean Cundey • Tom Mishler • Greg Burson • Adrian Escobar • Richard Kiley • Brad M. Bucklin|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park Actors|
|Jeff Goldblum • Julianne Moore • Pete Postlethwaite • Arliss Howard • Richard Attenborough • Vince Vaughn • Vanessa Lee Chester • Peter Stormare • Richard Schiff • Thomas F. Duffy • Harvey Jason • Thomas Rosales Jr. • Ariana Richards • Joseph Mazzello • Camilla Belle • Cyd Strittmatter • Robin Sachs • Geno Silva • Colton James • Bernard Shaw • David Koepp|