David Puttnam was born into a working class family in, and as a child was student of Broomfield School in the London Borough of Enfield. Puttnam's career began in the early 1960s as a photographer in London; later he became the agent of the company acting also as photographer David Bailey.
1968 moved Puttnam on the film medium and began to work as a film producer. His debut as a film producer, the film comedy The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield, proved to be very successful, along with approximately 10 television films produced Puttnam at the beginning of the 1970s. His first success came in 1976 with the production of Bugsy Malone, followed by the 1977 film The Duellists produced, which at the time was the directorial debut of Ridley Scott. Was crowned his career in 1982 with the Academy Award for Best Picture for his one year earlier produced the film Chariots of Fire. Puttnam was nominated four times from 1979 to 1987 for an Academy Award, of which he was able to receive only the already mentioned distinction. Puttnam's career as a film producer lasted until 1999; his last film was the drama film My Life So Far with Colin Firth and Rosemary Harris as the main character.
Parallel to his work as a film producer Puttnam has also served as CEO and head of several production companies, including from June 1986 to September 1987 at Columbia Pictures. He also sat down in Hollywood for European filmmakers, including Bernardo Bertolucci Doris Dorrie and.
From 1997 to 2007, David Puttnam Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, before in 2006 he was elected Chancellor of the Open University.
Nobility and family
1982 Puttnam was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire ( CBE), and was defeated in 1995 by the Queen knighted. Puttnam in 1997 was elevated to the status of a Life Peer.
David Puttnam has been married since 1961 and has been with his wife Patricia Mary Jones two children. His son Sacha Puttnam (born 1966 ) is a musician and composer.