Richard and David Attenborough. They’re brothers.
The article is of course worth a read.
"Only once in my life do I recall my unflappable brother being in a state of near panic. One night during the early 1970s, he arrived at my home after midnight. ‘Dick,’ he said on the doorstep, ‘the most ghastly thing happened today and I don’t know what to do.’
What he had come to tell me in such a state of alarm was that he had been called in that day and asked to become director-general of the entire BBC. And he didn’t know what to do.
'I don't want to do that, do I, Dick?' he asked. 'You?' I replied. 'Sit on your a**e, chairing meetings and making endless policy decisions until you collect a gold watch and a pension? Of course you don't.'I understood his dilemma. This was the most tremendous honour and one that would undoubtedly make our father, then approaching the end of his long life, very proud indeed. However, I knew without a shadow of a doubt it would be disastrous for Dave.
His relief was instant and palpable. ‘You’re absolutely right. I’ll say no first thing in the morning.’
He turned his talents instead to the deeply satisfying and wildly successful Life On Earth series, which has taken Dave, the brilliant presenter, reluctant celebrity and best-selling author, to every corner of the globe.
Like me, he relishes his work and has no intention of retiring despite the death of his beloved wife, Jane, in 1997 and the need for new knees - which he obstinately ignores.”
Let me just be grateful for the existence of such people.