Parker was born in Natick, Massachusetts. After arriving in California, he was employed by Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion West as a butler. His 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."
Parker began his filmmaking career when he was signed by Brentwood Studios. He made 12–15 minute loop films shot on 8 mm film reels.
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. Surge Studios was one of the first studios to mandate safe sex practices when AIDS appeared.
As a teenager, Parker's mother encouraged him to attend the Woodstock Music Festival, believing that it was a classical music festival. After he 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. After he arrived at the festival his picture was taken and appears on the poster collage for the Woodstock concert film released in 1970.
Parker was one of the interview subjects of Dr. Dean Edell, who reported a surgical procedure that sought to restore Parker's foreskin from his at-birth circumcision. The surgery was performed by Dr. Ira Sharlip, a urologist. The report was broadcast on television, although Edell is known primarily for his radio show, from which he also lent his voice to question infant circumcision.
Parker died in San Francisco. His remains were cremated and a memorial service was held at his private residence. His ashes were scattered in the ocean near the nude section of San Gregorio State Beach, San Mateo County, California.
Parker is the subject of Roger Edmonson's biography Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar.
- 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
- List of male performers in gay porn films
- Adult Erotic Gay Video Awards (Grabbys)
- Grabby recipients
- Discontinued gay pornography awards
- Gay Erotic Video Awards
- GayVN Awards
- List of gay porn movie studios
- List of gay porn magazines
- Edmonson 2000, p. 205
- Edmonson 2000, p. 34
- Edmonson 2000, p. XVII
- Edmonson 2000, p. 83
- Edmonson 2000
- Edmonson 2000, p. 23
- Edmonson, Roger (2000). Clone: The Life and Legacy of Al Parker Gay Superstar. Alyson Books. ISBN 1555835295.