David Ladd’s career in Hollywood began in 1957 when he played a supporting role in his father’s film The Big Land. From there, he won a starring role opposite his father (Alan Ladd) and Olivia de Havilland in The Proud Rebel (1958). H was nominated and won many awards for his portrayal of a mute boy including a Golden Globe award and nomination. He continued to star in other award-winning films including A Dog of Flanders (1960) and Misty (1961), and made many television appearances in shows like Bonanza, Gunsmoke and Shirley Temple’s Story Book Theatre.
Ladd made the unique transition behind the camera, starting as a producer for ABC, then as a creative executive for Columbia Pictures. After that, he produced the hit The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) for legendary director Wes Craven. Following that, he joined his brother, Alan Ladd Jr., at Pathe/MGM as a senior production executive. He remained at MGM in that capacity for ten years before returning to producing with films like The Mod Squad (1999), Hart’s War (2002), A Guy Thing (2003) and Leaving Barstow (2008).
Currently, Ladd is developing projects for Fox, Paramount and the independent film marketplace. He has been a teacher at Savannah College of Art and Design, and is a mentor for film students at the USC School of Cinema (his Alma Mater).