He was one of the first British officers to land in Normandy in Operation Overlord on D-day and a military hero in his own right before returned to acting after the war and eventually taking the lead role in the Dam Busters as Wing Commander Guy Gibson.

Born on the 11th of June 1919 Dublin born Richard Todd began his acting career around the age of 16 and in 1936 performed in Twelfth Night at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park as his first professional appearance.

During the second world war Richard Joined the army and received his commission in 1941. He then went on to fight in many different military campaigns like Operation Overlord.

In latter years he would relive that experience in the film The Longest Day. He was also Ian Flemming's first choice to play Jame Bond in Dr No but the part went to Sean Connery because Richard's work commitments would not allow him to take the role himself.

He played many leading and heroic roles like Rob Roy and Robin Hood but it is for his role as Guy Gibson in The Dam Busters that he will be remembered.

He suffered personal tragedy as his two sons both committed suicide, leaving an indelible mark on Richard who would visit their graves regularly to try and find some solace.

He made a few television and film appearances in later life in programs like Dr Who and Silent Witness.

So a hero on screen and off has left us. And a member of a generation that we owe so much to now rests with his comrades of old.

Richard Died peacefully in his sleep.

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