Evening Times

Dam Busters star Richard dies aged 90


ACTOR Richard Todd, best known for his role in the classic war film The Dam Busters, has died at the age of 90.

Todd had been suffering from cancer. In his heyday, he was one of British cinema’s biggest box office draws.

The son of a British officer, he grew up in Devon and became a war hero in his own right.

He served as an officer in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as well as serving as a paratroope­r in the British 6th Airborne Division.

He was one of the first British officers to land in Normandy on D-Day.

After the war he gained fame in the London stage version of The Hasty Heart, which took him to Broadway.

He returned to England to appear in the film version, and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor in 1949.

He later appeared in The Dam Busters as Wing Commander Guy Gibson, in a screen reconstruc­tion of the daring British raid against the Ruhr dams.

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