‘Dam Busters’ star Richard Todd dies aged 90

Friday December 4, 2009

British actor Richard Todd, who was best known for his roles in classic war films such as The Dam Busters and The Longest Day, has died aged 90.

A spokesman for the actor said he died peacefully in his sleep at his home near Grantham in Lincolnshire.

"He had been suffering from cancer, an illness that he bore with his habitual courage and dignity,” she said.

"His family were with him throughout."

Richard was also a war hero in his own right, having been one of the first British officers to parachute into Normandy as part of the 1944 D-Day landings.

Born in Dublin in 1919, Richard began acting in 1937, but interrupted his career to join the army after the outbreak of World War II.

In 1950 he was was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the film The Hasty Heart, opposite Ronald Reagan.

He was also the first choice to play James Bond in Dr No, but he pulled out because of scheduling reasons and the role went to Sean Connery.

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