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Sir Alan William Parker, CBE (born 14 February 1944) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. The early part of his career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director of television commercials. After about 10 years doing commercials, many of which won awards for creativity, he began screenwriting and directing films.
Among the different genres Parker has directed have been musicals, including Bugsy Malone (1976), Fame (1980), Pink Floyd a?? The Wall (1982), The Commitments (1991), and Evita (1996); true-story dramas, including Midnight Express (1978), Mississippi Burning (1988), Come See the Paradise (1990), and Angela's Ashes (1999); and melodramas, including Shoot the Moon (1982), Angel Heart (1987), and The Life of David Gale (2003).
His films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Academy Awards. Parker was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the British film industry and knighted as a Knight Bachelor in 2002. He has been active in both the British cinema and American cinema, along with being a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain and lecturing at various film schools. In 2013 he received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, the highest honour the British Film Academy can give a filmmaker.[citation needed]

Parker was born into a working-class family in Islington, North London, the son of Elsie Ellen, a dressmaker, and William Leslie Parker, a house painter. He grew up in an Islington housing project and as a result has always been able to relate to average people. According to British novelist and screenwriter Ray Connolly, Parker "remains almost defiantly working-class in attitudes." Parker described his early life in an interview with Connolly:
He feels that he had a "pretty ordinary background," and never had aspirations to be a film director: "No one in my family really had any aspirations to be invol

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There is a potent line in "Mississippi Burning," Alan Parker's 1988 movie about murderous racism in the South. Frustrated by Willem Dafoe's by-the-book FBI agent, old-time lawman Gene Hackman turns to him and says, "These people are crawling out of the ...
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Berlin Obituary: Mary Bocwinski, 100

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Bocwinski. She is survived by her daughters, Alice Woods and Janet Parker and her husband, Alan Parker. She is the grandmother of Berrik Woods and Joseph Woods and great grandmother of Skyla-Mae Woods and ...
Posted: October 13, 2016, 12:15 am

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In Alan Parker’s unfairly maligned and sadly forgotten 1994 film, in which wealthy granolas in the late 19th century take Dr. Kellogg’s expensive cure, Manheim is a sex-positive vegetarian hedonist who can find carnal pleasure in almost anything ...
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