Al Parker

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Al Parker (born Andrew "Drew" Okun 25 June 1952, Natick, Massachusetts - died 17 August 1992, San Francisco, California) was a gay American pornographic actor (porn star), producer, and director. He died from complications of AIDS at the age of 40.[1]

Early career[edit]

After arriving in California, Parker was employed by Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion West as a butler.[2] Parker's career in gay film started when he was "discovered" by Rip Colt, founder of Colt Studios. It was Colt who gave him the name "Al Parker"[3]

Parker began his film making career when he was signed by Brentwood Studios. He made 12-15 minute loop films shot on 8 mm film reels.[4] He has the distinction of appearing as one of the crowd on the original Woodstock movie poster.[5]

Surge Studios[edit]

Parker was a producer, director and actor. Surge Studios started making larger budget "theme" features and not just the "film loops." Many of the films were shot out of Parker's home in Hermosa Beach, California[citation needed]. Surge Studios was one of the first studios to mandate safe sex practices when AIDS appeared[citation needed].

Personal life[edit]

Parker is the subject of Roger Edmonson's biography Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Parker's remains were cremated and a memorial service was held at his private residence.

Selected videography[edit]

  • The Best of Al Parker (2008)
  • Overload (1992)
  • The Best of Colt Films: Part 10 (1991)
  • Better than Ever (1989)
  • Best of Brentwood 1 (1987)
  • Turbo Charge (1987)
  • The Best of Colt: Part 4 (1986)
  • Oversize Load (1986)
  • High Tech (1986)
  • Daddies Plaything (1985)
  • Century Mining (1985)
  • Hard Disk Drive (1985)
  • Outrage (1984), aka Christopher Rage's Outrage (US)
  • Headtrips (1984)
  • One in a Billion (1984)
  • Rangers (1984)
  • Strange Places, Strange Things (1984)
  • Therapy (1983)
  • Weekend Lockup (1983)
  • Dangerous (1983)
  • A Few Good Men (1983)
  • Games (1983)
  • The Other Side of Aspen (1983)
  • Turned On (1982)
  • Flashbacks, aka Al Parker's Flashback (1981)
  • Wanted (1980)
  • Inches (1979)
  • Best of Buckshot (Compilations) Chute, Timberwolves
  • Heavy Equipment (1977) (This movie was shot in 3-D)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edmonson, Roger. Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Alyson Books. p. 205. ISBN 1555835295. 
  2. ^ Edmonson, Roger. Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Alyson Books. p. 34. ISBN 1555835295. 
  3. ^ Edmonson, Roger. Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Alyson Books. p. XVII. ISBN 1555835295. 
  4. ^ Edmonson, Roger. Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Alyson Books. p. 83. ISBN 1555835295. 
  5. ^ Edmonson, Roger. Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Alyson Books. p. 23. ISBN 1555835295. 

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