Al Parker

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Al Parker (born Andrew "Drew" Okun; 25 June 1952, Natick, Massachusetts – 17 August 1992, San Francisco, California) was a gay American 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]

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]

As a teenager, Parker's mother encouraged him to attend The Woodstock Music Festival, believing that it was a classical music festival. After Parker was forced to abandon his mother's new car in the mud along the road leading to the festival, he encountered what he regarded as his first wholly satisfying sexual experience.[5] After arriving at the festival proper, Parker's picture was taken and appears on the poster collage for Woodstock concert film released in 1970.[6]

Legacy[edit]

Parker is the subject of Roger Edmonson's biography Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar.[5] 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) – shot in 3D

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Edmonson 2000, p. 205
  2. ^ Edmonson 2000, p. 34
  3. ^ Edmonson 2000, p. XVII
  4. ^ Edmonson 2000, p. 83
  5. ^ a b Edmonson 2000
  6. ^ Edmonson 2000, p. 23
Bibliography
  • Edmonson, Roger (2000). Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Alyson Books. ISBN 1555835295. 

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