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 »

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(age 76) in London, England, UK

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 29 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:

TV commercial: Bird's Eye Beefburgers See more »

Publicity Listings:

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


Alternate Names:

Sir Alan Parker CBE | Sir Alan William Parker | Sir Alan Parker
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Personal Quote:

[on how he wrote his first screenplay Melody (1971)] I hadn't really thought about writing a screenplay at the time. I hadn't started directing, except for a few commercials in the basement of the agency where I worked. I was quite happy in advertising and had some success as a copywriter, so to get a film made of my script was as much a surprise as a thrill. (...) David Puttnam and Charles ... See more »

Trivia:

Considered Oliver Stone as his strong antagonist since their collaboration on Midnight Express (1978). Parker even declined several times to give him WGA credits for his previous work on Evita (1996), but finally agreed to do so after a long deliberation with WGA's law representatives. See more »

Trademark:

His films often have a dark, noirish look to them. They are often lit in very dark colors. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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