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] 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.[6] 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. ^ Edmonson 2000, p. 23
  6. ^ Edmonson 2000
Bibliography
  • Edmonson, Roger (2000). Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Alyson Books. ISBN 1555835295. 

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