David Puttnam

Producer, Executive
David Puttnam rose from a working-class background into the advertising business as a photographer's agent during London's Swinging 60s. After a few false starts in film, Puttnam hit his stride as a producer in two ... Read more »
Born: 02/25/1941 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Producer (43)

A Very Long Engagement 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Life So Far 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Le Confessional 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

War of the Buttons 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Burning Season 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Meeting Venus 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Josephine Baker Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Memphis Belle 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Knights and Emeralds 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Arthur's Hallowed Ground 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Defence of the Realm 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Forever Young 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mr. Love 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sharma and Beyond 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Frog Prince 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Mission 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Those Glory Glory Days 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Winter Flight 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cal 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Killing Fields 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Local Hero 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Red Monarch 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Kipperbang 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Experience Preferred But Not Essential 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Secrets 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Foxes 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Midnight Express 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Duellists 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bugsy Malone 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lisztomania 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stardust 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

James Dean, the First American Teenager 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mahler 1974 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Swastika 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

That'll Be the Day 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Days of Man on Earth 1972 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Melody 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pied Piper 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Without Warning: The James Brady Story (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (3)

Memphis Belle and the Glory Boys 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Moyers' World of Ideas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Designing Edge: An Aspen Journal 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Stardust 1975 (Movie)

(Music Arranger)

Stardust 1975 (Movie)

(Music Producer)
Other (3)

Palookaville 1996 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Hidden Agenda 1990 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

84 Charlie MoPic 1989 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Biography

David Puttnam rose from a working-class background into the advertising business as a photographer's agent during London's Swinging 60s. After a few false starts in film, Puttnam hit his stride as a producer in two collaborations with director Alan Parker: "Bugsy Malone" (1976) and the Oscar-winning hit "Midnight Express" (1978). Puttnam would publicly regret the latter film's exploitative affect on audiences, and this unlikely "mea culpa" launched him as a responsible renegade willing to collide with stars or bankers. His eye for directors with panache gave several promising talents their debuts or breakthroughs, including Ridley Scott ("The Duellists" 1977), Roland Joffe ("The Killing Fields" 1984) and Bill Forsyth ("Local Hero" 1983). Puttnam's star never shone brighter than after his production of Hugh Hudson's "Chariots of Fire" (1981) won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Relationships

Patricia Puttnam

Wife

EDUCATION

Michenden School

Milestones

1997

Elevated to the peerage

1996

Stepped down as chairman of NFTS

1989

Appointed Chairman, ITEL TV distribution agency

1987

Resigned post at Columbia (September)

1987

Appointed Chairman, National Film and Television School (NFTS)

1986

Appointed Chairman and CEO, Columbia Pictures (June)

1969

First film as producer, "Melody"

Began career in advertising

Director, National Film Finance Corp. (UK)

Bonus Trivia

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Received honorary doctorate (LLD) from Bristol University in 1983.

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Received honorary degree from Leicester College of Art, Leicester, England in 1986.

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Received the Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 1986

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Created Commander of the British Empire (CBE)

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