David Attenborough

Birthday: May 8, 1926
Birthplace: Not Available
As the preeminent godfather of the contemporary television nature documentary, who not only carved out an audience niche for such programs but laid down the basic structural framework for much of the current science material on The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and PBS, Sir David Attenborough has built much of his career around the conviction that the natural world is a beautiful and complex place, and the admonition that humankind is in danger of being severed from its natural environs by technology and civilization. Attenborough perceives it as his role to reunite the two spheres via filmmaking, and spent the preponderance of his life doing so -- with limitless success. Born May 8, 1926, in Isleworth, England -- as the son of the head of University College in Leicester; the younger brother of soon-to-be stage and cinema actor, film director, and film producer Lord Richard Attenborough; and the older brother of John Attenborough (read: middle child) -- David Attenborough first cultivated his fascination with nature as a young man via reptile and bird-watching trips to the local marshes and fields. Attenborough won an open scholarship to the coveted natural science tripos at Cambridge, then attended Clare College as a young man, and after graduation signed on to work full time for a publisher of educational materials. In the early '50s, he completed a training program at the then-fledgling BBC television network, where he worked his way, over the course of a decade, up through positions as writer, editor, director, producer, and ultimately controller of BBC-2 in the early '60s. From the beginning, Attenborough had to forge his own path. Nature programs were virtually nonexistent, so that in his early years, the young tyro came closest to his true passion with contributions to the BBC quiz show Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (1952-1953), not exactly anyone's idea of a groundbreaking nature documentary. More pointedly, Attenborough later became involved with Zoo Quest -- a program that carried Attenborough and his crew to exotic reaches of the world and watched, cameras rolling, as London Zoo personnel collected species for that institution. One of Attenborough's running complaints in the early years of British television centered around the studio format for presenting animals -- wherein exotic specimens were dragged out in front of studio lights on talk programs (much as Johnny Carson would do later in his career), presumably after being tossed into a sack or a crate "in the middle of the night." Noting the animals' tendencies to behave oddly in this unfamiliar environment, Attenborough championed new cinematographic technologies that enabled nature documentarians to film animals, unobtrusively, in their natural habitats -- a current that became increasingly widespread and commonplace as the years passed. Attenborough served as a narrator on innumerable BBC multipart documentaries during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, including but not limited to: Song Hunter (1953), People of Paradise (1960), Travelers' Tales (1960), Adventure (1962-1966), Natural Break (1973), Explorers (1975), and Wildlife on One (1977-1979). As a production executive, he commissioned BBC series programs ranging from the legendary Kenneth Clark's epic 11-hour miniseries Civilisation to Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974). Civilisation marked a watershed moment for Attenborough -- a source of limitless inspiration for him, where he came face to face, for the first time, with the potential inherent in televised documentary scripting. Clark's program, in fact, served as the primary structural and conceptual influence for Attenborough's three greatest contributions to filmed documentary work: the epic multi-part series Life on Earth (1979); its sequel, The Living Planet (1984); and The Trials of Life (1990). Each of these endeavors demanded years of preparation; in the preproduction stage, Attenborough would pen his outlines in longhand; the subjects of

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CREDIT
No Score Yet Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy Actor 2019
No Score Yet The Queen's Green Planet Actor 2018
No Score Yet Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur Actor 2013
No Score Yet Hot Tuna Actor 2012
100% Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough Director Actor 2011
No Score Yet Nature Narrator 2011
No Score Yet Break the Science Barrier Actor 2009
No Score Yet Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life Screenwriter Host 2009
No Score Yet Life in Cold Blood Actor 2008
No Score Yet Echo and Other Elephants Actor 2008
No Score Yet David Attenborough Actor 2008
No Score Yet Life in Cold Blood Actor 2007
No Score Yet Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages Actor 2007
No Score Yet How Art Made the World Actor 2006
No Score Yet How Art Made the World Actor 2006
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Life of Mammals Actor 2002
No Score Yet NOVA Screenwriter Host 2001
No Score Yet British Documentaries - A Reel History Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Life of Birds Actor 1998
No Score Yet NOVA Host 1998
No Score Yet Survival Island Narrator Screenwriter 1996
No Score Yet Life in the Freezer Actor 1993
No Score Yet National Geographic Narrator 1993
79% A Zed and Two Noughts Narrator 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Host Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Screenwriter Host 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Host Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Host Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Screenwriter Host 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Host Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Host Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Screenwriter Host 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Host Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Screenwriter Host 1990
No Score Yet The Trials of Life Screenwriter Host 1990
No Score Yet Titbits and Nightlife Actor 1990
No Score Yet Living Planet Actor 1985
No Score Yet Living Planet V. 5 - "Sea of Grass" Host 1984
No Score Yet Earth (Unsere Erde) Screenwriter Actor

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No Score Yet Our Planet
2019
Narrator
  • 2019
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Voice Narrator Host
  • 2019
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2008
  • 2002
  • 1993
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2018
96% Planet Earth: Blue Planet II
2017-2018
Narrator
  • 2018
  • 2014
100% Planet Earth II
2017
Narrator
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Hunt
2015
Narrator
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2012
No Score Yet Planet Earth: Frozen Planet
2015
Narrator
  • 2015
No Score Yet Africa
2013
Narrator
  • 2013
100% Planet Earth
2007
Screenwriter Narrator
  • 2007
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
Appearing Screenwriter Voice Narrator Host
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Attenborough : 60 Years In the Wild
2012
Host
No Score Yet Great Barrier Reef With David Attenborough
2015-2016
Screenwriter Host
No Score Yet Horizon
1994-2018
Narrator

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