(CNN) — Acclaimed actor-director Richard Attenborough has died at 90, the actor’s agent said.
Attenborough is perhaps best known for his work on the 1982 film “Gandhi,” 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.”
He died Sunday, according to his agent, Dallas Smith. The family is expected to make a statement Monday, Smith told CNN.
“Our thoughts are with them and his friends at this very sad moment as we mourn the passing of a truly great man of the cinema and the arts,” Smith said.
Attenborough began his career as a classically trained English actor and went on to star in such films as “The Great Escape,” “Jurassic Park” and a remake of “Miracle on 34th Street.” He was knighted in 1976.
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