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Born in London, England, UK
Died in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  (pneumonia and heart failure)

Mini Bio (2)

Harry Alan Towers was born in London on 19th October, 1920. During the Second World War he was Flying Officer in the Royal Air Force. Later he became program director for British Forces radio.

In 1946 Towers establish a company called Towers of London that sold various syndicated radio shows around the world.

Later that year Towers began producing television programs for ITV including. He met Maria Rohm in Vienna in 1964, they were married until his death July 31 2009.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Maria Towers

Legendary exploitation producer Harry Alan Towers was born in London in 1920. His father was a theatrical agent, and Harry was a stage actor in his childhood. During World War II he served in the Royal Air Force, during which time he produced many shows on radio. When the war was over he stayed in radio and formed Towers of London, a company that produced and syndicated radio shows worldwide. One of his most successful was "The Lives of Harry Lime", with Orson Welles repeating his starring role in the classic The Third Man (1949). Welles also appeared in another successful Towers radio series, "The Black Museum", which featured cases pulled from the files of Scotland Yard. When Lew Grade formed ITV in 1955, Towers produced dramatic series for him, such as "Armchair Theatre" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel".

He got into films in the 1960s, and while he became known mostly as a producer of low-budget (often called "exploitation") fare, he occasionally would turn out works based on stories by such authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. Several of his films were both critical as well as financial successes, such as Cry, the Beloved Country (1995) and the Jack London biography Klondike Fever (1980). On the other hand, he also produced several "epics" for the notorious Jesús Franco, such as The Bloody Judge (1970), Marquis de Sade's Justine (1969) and Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion (1970). In the late 1980s and early 1990s Towers cashed in on the video craze by churning out a steady supply of direct-to-video low-budget (some would say extremely low-budget) fare, such as Night Terrors (1993), Dance Macabre (1992) and The Mangler (1995). His final film, on which he served as writer only, was The Pirate's Curse (2005).

He died in Toronto, Canada, in 2009 of pneumonia and heart failure. He was survived by his wife, actress Maria Rohm, whom he married in 1964.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Maria Rohm (28 February 1964 - 31 July 2009) (his death)

Trivia (2)

Produced over a hundred feature films around the world from Austria to Zimbabwe.
Formerly a child actor, he became a prolific radio writer during WWII while serving in the Royal Air Force.

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