Alan Parker (I) (1944–2020)


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The son of Elsie Ellen, a dressmaker, and William Leslie Parker, a house painter, Alan Parker was a London advertising copywriter in the 1960s and early 1970s with Collett Dickenson Pearce (CDP), an ad agency. He formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his producer (Puttnam had been a photographers' agent), and left CDP to become a full-time ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 76) in London, England, UK

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Remembering Alan Parker: 1944-2020

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Evita Director
(1996)
(1988)
Midnight Express Director
(1978)
The Commitments Director
(1991)

Filmography

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 1996 Madonna: Don't Cry for Me Argentina (Video short) (uncredited)
 1996 Evita
 1996 Madonna: You Must Love Me (Video short)
 1992 The Commitments: Mustang Sally (Video short)
 1990 Renegade MTV Special (TV Movie)
 1987 Angel Heart
 1984 Birdy
 1982 Pink Floyd: Hey You (Video short)
 1980 Irene Cara: Out Here on My Own (Video short)
 1980 Fame
 1976 No Hard Feelings (TV Movie)
 1976 Bugsy Malone
 1975 The Evacuees (TV Movie)
 1974 Our Cissy (Short)
 1974/I Footsteps (Short)
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Other Works:

Music video: Directed "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" by Madonna for the Evita (1996) soundtrack. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Interviews | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

Sir Alan Parker CBE | Sir Alan William Parker | Sir Alan Parker

Spouse:

Lisa Moran  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

Children:

Alexander Parker | See more »

Parents:

Parker, William Leslie | Ellen, Elsie

Relatives:

Alexander Parker (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[meeting an unknown Paul Thomas Anderson at a parking lot after an event at the USC film school] As I pulled away I could see in my mirror a young man chasing after me, waving a videotape. He ran alongside, banging at the window. I stopped, wound down the window, and he thrust the videotape through the window saying he'd made a short film and really wanted me to look at it. The short was The Dirk... See more »

Trivia:

One of Parker's idols, Fred Zinnemann, became an unlikely mentor and would often agree to see many of his films before anyone else. See more »

Trademark:

Films based on true stories See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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