Denis O'Brien (producer)

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Denis O'Brien is an American attorney, and was the business manager of George Harrison of The Beatles for some years.

Introduced to Harrison by Peter Sellers, O'Brien helped the former Beatle sort out his tax affairs after becoming his manager in 1973.[1] Harrison and O'Brien founded the film production company HandMade Films in 1978 to finance the completion of Monty Python's Life of Brian after EMI Films, the original backers, pulled out at the last moment.[2]

Harrison brought a lawsuit against O'Brien in Los Angeles in January 1995 claiming O'Brien had deprived him of £16 million over a 12-year period.[1] O'Brien was instructed to pay Harrison £6.7 million in damages.[3]


  1. ^ a b "George", The Independent, 28 October 1995
  2. ^ Michael Brooks "HandMade Films", BFI screenonline
  3. ^ Paula Hawkins "Trust me, I'll take care of it all", The Independent, 5 November 2000