Sir David Attenborough is the narrator of BBC America's natural history series "The Hunt."

David Attenborough's broadcasting career began in 1952, when he joined the BBC as a trainee producer. His early work involved producing live studio programs on a range of non-fiction subjects: from ballet and knitting, to religious programs and archaeological quizzes.

His first natural history series, "The Pattern of Animals," covered camouflage, warnings and signals, and courtship displays and was presented by Sir Julian Huxley. The limited budget of the BBC confined the series to the studio and restricted the animals featured to those of London Zoo. However, as a result of the program, Attenborough met Jack Lester, the curator of London Zoo's reptile house, and the two joined forces to create a series about collecting animals for the zoo. "Zoo Quest" allowed the pair to go traveling together to exotic places and combined footage of animals in the wild with live studio sequences. Jack Lester presented the first program but then became ill and was unable to present the second; Attenborough stepped in at the last minute and the rest is history.

After completing the series "Travelers' Tales," Attenborough became more and more interested in social anthropology. So much so, that he decided to devote more of his time to studying the subject at the London School of Economics, although he still managed to work for the BBC while doing his degree.

In 1964 BBC2 was launched, and Attenborough was invited to become the Controller of the channel when it was less than a year old. He introduced color broadcasting to Britain in 1967 and shortly after was made the Director of Programs for both BBC1 and BBC2. However, in 1973 he resigned from management to make a return to program production with the series "Eastwards with Attenborough," set in southeast Asia.

"Life on Earth" was the first of Attenborough's epic "Life" series, and told the story of the evolution of life on the planet within thirteen 50-minute episodes. At the time, it was the most ambitious series ever produced by the BBC's Natural History Unit. Universally acclaimed by both press and public, it remains to this day the series of which Attenborough is the most proud and that has given him the most satisfaction. In 1984, "The Living Planet" surveyed the natural world from an ecological point of view, This was followed by the conclusion to the trilogy in 1990: "The Trials of Life," which dealt with animal behavior.

In addition to these major series, Attenborough has also presented, written and narrated many shorter ones and one-offs and has more recently made several series dealing with sections of the natural world: "The Private Life of Plants" in 1995; "The Life of Birds" in 1998; "The Life of Mammals" in 2002; "Life in the Undergrowth" in 2005; and "Life in Cold Blood" in 2008.

In 1982, Attenborough received the Panda Award for Outstanding Achievement at Wildscreen and was knighted for his services to broadcasting in 1985.


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Age: 91 years old
Birthday: May 8, 1926
Height: 5' 10"
Full Name / Real Name: David Frederick Attenborough
Birthplace: London, England, UK

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