Alan Parker Biography (1944-)

Full name, Alan William Parker; born February 14, 1944, in Islington, London,England; son of William Leslie (a house painter) and Elsie Ellen (a dressmaker) Parker; married Annie Inglis, July 30, 1966 (divorced, January 6, 1992);married Lisa Moran (a producer); children: (first marriage) Lucy Kate, Alexander James, Jake William, Nathan Charles. Addresses: Agent: Michael Wimer, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, writer, actor, executive
Birth Details
February 14, 1944
London, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • Our Cissy (short film), 1973
  • Footsteps (short film), 1973
  • No Hard Feelings, released theatrically, 1973, broadcast on television, BBC (England), 1976
  • Bugsy Malone, Paramount, 1976
  • Midnight Express, Columbia, 1978
  • Fame, United Artists, 1980
  • Shoot the Moon, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Pink Floyd: The Wall (also known as The Wall), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1982
  • Birdy, TriStar, 1984
  • Angel Heart, TriStar, 1987
  • Mississippi Burning, Orion, 1988
  • Come See the Paradise, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • (And producer) The Commitments, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • (And producer, with Armyan Bernstein and Robert F. Colesberry) The Road to Wellville, Columbia, 1994
  • (And producer; also music producer and music conductor, with others) Evita, Buena Vista, 1996
  • (And producer) Angela's Ashes, Paramount, 1999
  • (And producer) The Life of David Gale, Universal, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Music conductor, Jaws 3-D, Universal, 1983
  • Film Appearances
  • Fortunata y Jacinta, Brepi Films, 1969
  • Consigna: Matar al comandante en jefe (also known as Commando di spie), Italica Film, 1970
  • Himself, On Location with: FAME, 1980
  • Eejit record producer, The Commitments, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Tormented film director, Evita, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Dr. Campbell, Angela's Ashes, Paramount, 1999
  • Partygoer, The Life of David Gale, Universal, 2003
  • Television Director
  • The Evacuees (movie), BBC (England), 1976
  • The Turnip Head's Guide to British Cinema (special), Thames Television (England), 1986
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The Making of "Midnight Express," 1977
  • A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (also knownas Typically British!), [England], 1994
  • The 100 Greatest TV Ads, Channel 4 (England), 2000
  • Interviewee, It's Black Entertainment, Showtime, 2000
  • Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, Cinemax, 2001
  • Fading Images, 2001
  • There's Only One Madonna, BBC (England), 2001
  • The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking, PBS, 2001
  • Episodic
  • "The Entertainment Business," Bravo Profiles, Bravo, 1998
  • "The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money," Arena, Bravo, 2000
  • "New Years Compilation," I Love 1980's, BBC2 (England), 2001
  • Sen kvaell med Luuk, TV4 (Sweden), 2003
  • Also appeared in an episode of Whatever Happened to ... Clement and LaFrenais?
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Himself, 100 Years of Horror: Witchcraft and Demons, 1996
  • Director of music videos, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "YouMust Love Me," both by Madonna, 1996.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Melody (also known as S.W.A.L.K.), Levitt-Pickman, 1971
  • Our Cissy (short film), 1973
  • Footsteps (short film), 1973
  • No Hard Feelings, released theatrically, 1976, broadcast on television, BBC (England), 1976
  • Bugsy Malone, Paramount, 1976, published by Bantam Books, 1976
  • Angel Heart, TriStar, 1987
  • Come See the Paradise, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • The Road to Wellville (based on the novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle), Columbia, 1994
  • (With Oliver Stone) Evita (based on the stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice), Buena Vista, 1996
  • Angela's Ashes, Paramount, 1999
  • Film Music
  • Score, Jaws 3-D, Universal, 1983
  • Lyrics, "Jack's Theatre Song," Come See the Paradise, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • "Kaiser Bill," Angela's Ashes, Paramount, 1999
  • Television Music
  • Rhodes (miniseries), BBC (England), then PBS, 1997
  • Bomber, 2000
  • Books
  • Puddles in the Lane (fiction), G. Whizzard Publications, 1977
  • Hares in the Gate (cartoons), 1983
  • A Filmmaker's Diary, 1984
  • The Making of Evita, introduction by Madonna, photographs from thefilm by David Appleby, Collins Publishers, 1996
  • Other
  • Contributor of articles and cartoons to periodicals, including American Cinematographer, American Film, Cineaste, Films and Filming, Literature/Film Quarterly, and Sight and Sound.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The 1982 television series Fame was based on Parker's screenplay.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • American Film, September, 1990
    • Campaign, September 18, 1998, p. S25
    • Empire, October, 1997, pp. 20-21, 88
    • Premiere, September, 1991

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