David Permut

David A. Permut (born March 23, 1954) is an American film producer. He has worked on dozens of films over 40 years, and has received both Academy and Emmy Awards.[3]

David Permut
Born (1954-03-23) March 23, 1954 (age 66)[1][unreliable source?]
OccupationFilm producer
Partner(s)John Seiber[2]

Early life and educationEdit

Permut was born in New York City, New York to a Jewish family,[4] the son of entrepreneur Lee Permut.[2] His father moved the family from Manhattan to Los Angeles while he was a teen.[5] While a youth, he sold maps to the Hollywood homes of the stars and later mixed with them at the Palm Springs Racquet Club and the Tennis Club, after his father purchased a second home in Palm Springs in the 1970s.[2] He was introduced to producer Bill Sargent through his father who employed Permut, tasking him with soliciting agents to secure casting for a stage play he wanted to film; the project never came to fruition.[2][5] Permut then went to work as a gofer for Roger Corman while he was taking classes at UCLA and later accepted a job at an independent talent agency in Beverly Hills.[2]


Feature filmsEdit

Early in his career, Permut produced the 1975 film Give 'em Hell, Harry![6] He went on to produce the 1987 films Dragnet and Blind Date. He later produced the John Woo film Face/Off.[6] He has produced a number of other films, including 1991's The Marrying Man and 29th Street, 1992's Captain Ron and Consenting Adults, 1993's The Temp, 1994's Surviving the Game, and others.[7] 29th Street (1991) released by Twentieth Century Fox,[8] Permut worked with Bob Saget on the March of the Penguins parody film Farce of the Penguins in 2007.[9] He produced the 2016 film Hacksaw Ridge, which was premiered at the Venice Film Festival.[10] It was met with quality reception.[11][12][13][14]

In addition to studio films, Permut has produced a number of independent films including Charlie Bartlett,[15] Youth in Revolt,[16] Struck by Lightning,[17] and Match.

David was the co-producer alongside Ben Stiller of the 2009 documentary The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story, and later The Fabulous Allan Carr.[18] He is slated to produce the film Chippendales, based on the all-women's nightclub of the same name.[19] He is already producing a documentary about Chippendales.[20]


His television credits include 1984's Love Leads the Way, 1991's A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story, 1992's Breaking the Silence, 2009's series Prayers for Bobby, and 2014's The Color of Rain.[21]


He has done theatre production, including the stage production of The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts.[22] He is slated to produce the Broadway theatre stage production Behind the Candelabra.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

As of 2016, Permut has lived in Westwood, California. He has a second home in Palm Springs with his partner, John Seiber.[2]


All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
1975 Give 'em Hell, Harry!
1982 Fighting Back
1987 Blind Date Co-executive producer
Dragnet Producer
1991 The Marrying Man Producer
29th Street Producer
1992 Captain Ron Producer
Consenting Adults Producer
1993 The Temp Producer
Three of Hearts Executive producer
Money for Nothing Executive producer
1994 Surviving the Game Producer
Trapped in Paradise Executive producer
1996 Eddie Producer
1997 Face/Off Producer
2001 Double Take Producer
2002 Route 52 Producer
2004 The Last Shot
2006 Local Color Producer
Farce of the Penguins Producer
2007 Charlie Bartlett Producer
2008 My Mom's New Boyfriend Executive producer
2009 Youth in Revolt Producer
2012 Struck by Lightning Producer
2014 Match Producer
2016 Punching Henry Producer
Hacksaw Ridge Producer
2017 The Polka King Producer
2019 The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts Producer
Untitled Face/Off Sequel Executive producer
Camera and electrical department
Year Film Notes
1973 The Student Teachers Film loader
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Notes
1973 Your Three Minutes Are Up Production assistant


Year Title Credit Notes
1984 Love Leads the Way: A True Story Executive producer Television film
His Mistress Television film
1987 Mistress Supervising producer Television film
1991 A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story Television film
1992 Breaking the Silence Executive producer Television film
2009 Prayers for Bobby Executive producer Television film
2014 The Color of Rain Executive producer Television film
2020 Visible: Out on Television Principal producer Television documentary series


  1. ^ a b David A. Permut Biography (1954–), Filmreference.com, Retrieved January 23, 2014
  2. ^ a b c d e f Fessier, Bruce (December 30, 2016). "Desert resident David Permut a hot Hollywood producer". Desert Sun.
  3. ^ Dove, Steve (2017-01-24). "Hacksaw Ridge Gets 6 Oscar Nominations Including Best Picture". oscar.go.com. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  4. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 13, 2017). "The tribe goes to the Oscars". J. The Jewish News of Northern California.
  5. ^ a b Faughnder, Ryan (November 18, 2016). "How I Made It: 'Hacksaw Ridge' producer David Permut". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ a b "How I Made It: 'Hacksaw Ridge' producer David Permut". Los Angeles Times. 18 November 2016.
  7. ^ "The Worrying Man of 'Marrying Man' : Movies: Producer David Permut's feelings about his troubled comedy can be summed up in T-shirts he had made: 'I survived the reshoot of "The Marrying Man." '". Los Angeles Times. 5 April 1991.
  8. ^ "Producer Permut Moves Indie Setup To New Line". Variety. 29 April 1991.
  9. ^ Leydon, Joe (7 February 2007). "Farce Of The Penguins". Variety.
  10. ^ Kay, Jeremy. "The long, frustrating journey to bring 'Hacksaw Ridge' to the big screen". Screen.
  11. ^ "NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW ANNOUNCES 2016 AWARD WINNERS". National Board of Review. 29 November 2016.
  12. ^ "OSCAR WINNERS 2017: SEE THE COMPLETE LIST!". Oscar.go.com.
  13. ^ "Best Action Movie - Critics' Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ ""Hacksaw Ridge" a contender for Best Picture, Director, Actor at Golden Globes". InqPOP!. 6 January 2017.
  15. ^ "'Charlie' script was writing sample sent to Permut". The Hollywood Reporter.
  16. ^ "Cera takes up 'Revolt' for Dimension". The Hollywood Reporter.
  17. ^ "Why Most People Will See Chris Colfer's Movie 'Struck by Lightning' on Video". The Hollywood Reporter.
  18. ^ Harvey, Dennis (3 July 2017). "Film Review: 'The Fabulous Allan Carr'". Variety.
  19. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (11 February 2019). "'Chippendales' Docu Up Next For 'Knock Down The House' Producer And David Permut". Deadline.
  20. ^ "Dev Patel in Talks to Join Ben Stiller in Chippendales Murder Movie". Variety Magazine.
  21. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Sigourney Weaver Sounds Off On Gay Rights". HuffPost. 30 October 2013.
  22. ^ Haring, Bruce (29 June 2019). "'The Investigation' Read-Thru On Mueller Report Tops More Than A Million Livestreams". Deadline.
  23. ^ Riedel, Michael (9 March 2017). "Liberace's sordid life story is hitting the stage". New York Post.

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