Allan McKeown, who with his wife Tracey Ullman created her TV series Tracey Takes On… at HBO and State Of The Union at Showtime, died December 24 at his Los Angeles home after battling prostate cancer. He was 66. McKeown was a UK-born hairdresser in the 1960s with clients like the Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Michael Caine, working on such films as If and Get Carter. He shifted careers and eventually became one of the first indie producers in the UK. He also was a founding member of a group that successfully bid for the ITV franchise in the Southeast of England, with McKeown producing most of the programming; he sold his stake in 1996. McKeown married Ullman in 1983 while working in LA for Fox and Paramount; they have a daughter and son. Together McKeown and Ullman won an Outstanding Variety Series Emmy in 1997 for Tracey Takes On… . Later in his career, McKeown produced Jerry Springer The Opera at the UK’s National Theatree; the production won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. In 2005, he produced Lennon The Musical on Broadway with Yoko Ono.
R.I.P. Producer Allan McKeown
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