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30 September 1958 |
|Other names||Raymond Santilli|
|Occupation||Musician, Record producer, Film producer|
|Known for||"Alien autopsy" footage|
Ray Santilli (born 30 September 1958) is a British musician, record, and film producer, best known for his exploitation in 1995 of the controversial "alien autopsy" footage, subject of the Ant & Dec film Alien Autopsy.
In 1982 Santilli started AMP Entertainment, where he produced and promoted acts of the day. His credits include: Ian Dury, Boy George, Dollar, Hazel O'Connor, Hot Chocolate, Slipknot, Howard Jones, Jimmy Nail, Shriekback, Grace Kennedy, Noddy Holder, Bill Wyman, Slade, Sweet, Thompson Twins, Uriah Heep, Leo Sayer, Chris de Burgh, The Tourists (later Eurythmics), The Belle Stars, The Lambrettas, Connie Francis, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, The Foundations, The Searchers, The Troggs, The Drifters, The Platters, Jerry Lee Lewis, ABC, The Piranhas, and Musical Youth.
In 1985 he founded "Music Broadcasting Services Ltd", an independent record label which handled the exclusive rights to the Walt Disney Audio Catalogue in the United Kingdom.
In 1991 Santilli Founded the Merlin Group. This company specialized in the re-recording of hits with original artists. Merlin also produced and marketed a number of television specials.
Santilli is best known for his claim to have discovered footage which depicted the Autopsy of an Alien creature. The infamous Alien Autopsy footage was broadcast to a worldwide audience on 28 August 1995 smashing audience figures for the broadcasters concerned.
In 2006 the story of Ray Santilli and the Alien Autopsy was the subject of a Warner Brothers movie Alien Autopsy featuring the British double act Ant & Dec. Dec played Ray Santilli with Ant as Santilli's real life business partner and friend Gary Shoefield.
In 2006 Ray Santilli claimed that sections of the Alien Autopsy footage had been restored.