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Also Known As: David Terence Puttnam, Sir David Putnam, Lord David Putnam Died:
Born: February 25, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: executive, producer

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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.

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.

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Began career in advertising
1970:
First film as producer, "Melody"
1986:
Appointed Chairman and CEO, Columbia Pictures (June)
1987:
Resigned post at Columbia (September)
1987:
Appointed Chairman, National Film and Television School (NFTS)
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Director, National Film Finance Corp. (UK)
1989:
Appointed Chairman, ITEL TV distribution agency
1996:
Stepped down as chairman of NFTS
1997:
Elevated to the peerage
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Education

Michenden School: -

Notes

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

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

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

Created Commander of the British Empire (CBE)

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wife:
Patricia Puttnam.

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"The Undeclared War: The Struggle for Control of the World's Film Industry" HarperCollins
"Movies and Money" Alfred A. Knopf

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