Actor, Director Richard Attenborough Dies At 90; Helped Launch Capital Radio/London
August 25, 2014 at 4:13 AM (PT)
Lord RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH, the legendary British actor and director who died SUNDAY (8/24) at 90, had a connection to radio: He was among the original investors in the U.K.'s first licensed commercial radio station and was the first speaking voice heard on it.
Lord ATTENBOROUGH was a partner with BEATLES producer Sir GEORGE MARTIN, writer/director/actor BRYAN FORBES, theater producer Sir PETER SAUNDERS, investor and real estate mogul DAVID MAULE-FFINCH, and dentist BARCLAY BARCLAY-WHITE in CAPITAL RADIO, which won one of the two commercial licenses for LONDON and signed on with the national anthem and a message from ATTENBOROUGH on OCTOBER 16, 1973.
ATTENBOROUGH won an Oscar for directing 1982's "GANDHI" and was known for acting in movies like "JURASSIC PARK" and "THE GREAT ESCAPE" and directing "A BRIDGE TOO FAR," "A CHORUS LINE," "CRY FREEDOM," and "CHAPLIN."