John Attenborough

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John Attenborough
John Michael Attenborough

(1928-01-01)1 January 1928
Isleworth, London, England
Died9 November 2012(2012-11-09) (aged 84)
Poole, Dorset, England
Alma materClare College, Cambridge
OccupationExecutive, financial advisor
Janet Cleverdon
(m. 1956)
Parent(s)Frederick Attenborough
Mary Clegg
RelativesRichard Attenborough (brother)
David Attenborough (brother)
Michael Attenborough (nephew)
Jane Attenborough (niece)
Charlotte Attenborough (niece)
Tom Attenborough (great nephew)
Will Attenborough (great nephew)

John Michael Attenborough (/ˈætənbərə/; 1 January 1928 – 9 November 2012) was an English executive in the motor industry and then a financial advisor.[1] He was the younger brother of director and actor Richard Attenborough and the naturalist Sir David Attenborough.[2]

Like his brothers, he was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester.[3] After National Service, he studied modern languages at Clare College, Cambridge.[2][3] He worked in the motor trade and became a managing director of Mann Egerton, heading their Rolls-Royce division in Berkeley Street. He then became the head of the British operations of Italian car manufacturer, Alfa Romeo. He finally ran a distribution business for motor cars in Dorset before retiring from the motor trade and becoming a financial advisor.[4]

He had progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and died at home in Poole on 9 November 2012. He was survived by his wife Janet, his sons Nicholas and James and his brother Sir David.[3]


  1. ^ "John Attenborough Video – Interviews". OVGuide. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Oliver Duff & Harry Stoneley (14 July 2006). "Brothers Reunited: The Fabulous Attenborough Boys". The Independent. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "John Attenborough, youngest brother of David and Richard Attenborough (obituary)". Daily Echo (Bournemouth). 31 December 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  4. ^ "The Missing Link; ; We find Attenborough brother No. 3", Sunday Mirror, 26 November 2000, retrieved 25 August 2014