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Overview (2)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameDavid Terence Puttnam

Mini Bio (1)

David Puttnam was born on February 25, 1941 in London, England as David Terence Puttnam. He is a producer, known for The Mission (1986), The Killing Fields (1984) and Chariots of Fire (1981). He has been married to Patricia Mary Jones since 1961. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Patricia Mary Jones (1961 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (15)

He once acted agent for ace British photographers David Bailey's and Brian Duffy (I).
Whilst giving a guest lecture at Lincoln University, England, he accidentally activated the electronic stage curtain. This occurred when he mentioned light bulb inventor Thomas A. Edison. After researching Edison in his youth, Puttnam grew to dislike the man and suggested that the movement of the curtain was the ghost of Edison playing a trick on him.
He awarded CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1982, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995 and created a life peer in 1997.
He spent a turbulent year as head of Columbia Pictures in the late 1980s.
He is the Chancellor of the Open University, the largest distance learning institution in the world.
He was made a Fellow of BAFTA in 2006.
His biography was published in 1989, titled "Fast Fade" (by Andrew Yule), which chronicles his rise to the head of Columbia Pictures and his subsequent fall.
He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.
He was chancellor of the University of Sunderland for many years.
He is the father of Sacha Puttnam.
He has resided in Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland, with wife Patsy since 1990.
The first film he saw at the cinema as a child was Pinocchio (1940).
He was chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures from 1986 to 1988, a controversial period for the studio under his command since he was very critical of big-budgets projects and seemed more interested in making smaller films that end up failing at the box-office.
He recommended Liam Cunningham for the role of the Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who (1996) to executive producer Philip David Segal, but Paul McGann was eventually chosen instead.
In 1975 filming started on 'Trick or Treat' produced by David , directed by Michael Apted. starring Bianca Jagger and co starring Nigel Davenport. However about 6 weeks into the shoot Bianca refused to do the nude shots, which she'd originally agreed to which resulted in the film being abandoned.

Personal Quotes (5)

I'm not afraid to fail, providing I fail honorably. The only thing I don't want is to end up being an irrelevant 70-year-old egomaniac.
Nothing good will happen while there are still cinemas that are shit heaps and critics who only like popular films when they are thirty years old. [1975]
While our technical ability to communicate grows at an exponential rate, there seems to be no corresponding increase in our ability to understand each other.
The artist is a credulous animal. He is often a dreamer. And if he finds someone who appears to share his dream, or, even better, someone with the means to realize that dream, then that artist tends to believe in Santa Claus.
The last really great film about life was probably Fanny and Alexander (1982). It's the last time I saw a film where you thought I'm watching a film here by somebody who really understands the complexity of life, who's really trying to help me navigate my own way through what's going to be a tough next thirty, forty years.

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