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Born: February 14, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Islington, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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First worked as office boy for HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT NEWS
1963:
After graduating from high school, joined advertising agency as an office boy at age 19 (date approximate)
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After working at various agencies and progressing to writing copy, landed at Collet, Dickinson and Pearce; while there met David Puttnam and Alan Marshall; also worked with Ridley Scott and Adrian Lyne
1966:
At urging of Puttnam, went to work on first feature film script; eventually made as "Melody" (1972), Puttnam's producing debut
1968:
Television commercial directing debut
1969:
Directed nearly 500 TV commercials in London
1970:
Formed own production company, The Alan Parker Film Company, with Alan Marshall
1973:
Medium-length film writing and directing debut, "No Hard Feelings" (50 mins); independently produced (Parker invested his own 30,000 pounds), it was subsequently bought by the BBC, and aired in 1976
1975:
TV-movie directing debut, "The Evacuees" (BBC-produced)
1976:
Feature film directing debut (also writer), "Bugsy Malone"
1977:
Published novel, "Puddles in the Lane"
1978:
Directed the international hit "Midnight Express"; won Oscar nomination as Best Director
1980:
First US-produced feature, "Fame"
1982:
Published collection of cartoons, "Hares in the Gate"
1982:
Expanded the themes of the bestselling rock concept album in the film version of "Pink Floyd--The Wall"; employed innovative animation techniques
1984:
Scored big at Cannes Film Festival with "Birdy"
1987:
Personally challenged the ratings board of the MPAA for their "X" rating of "Angel Heart"
1988:
Helmed the civil rights drama "Mississippi Burning"; film received seven Academy Award nominations including one for Parker's direction
1991:
Returned to movie musical format with "The Commitments", an upbeat story of poor North Dublin kids who form a band to play American soul music
1994:
Wrote, produced and directed "The Road to Wellville", a sendup of health fadist John Kellogg
1996:
Film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Evita" opened to mixed reviews
1997:
Signed first-look producing deal with PolyGram (May)
1997:
Appointed as chair of the British Film Institute (BFI)
2000:
Became head of the Film Council, which oversees funding allotted to the British Film Commission, the Arts Council's Film Lottery panel, the British Film Institute and British Screen Finance

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