Allan McKeown

Allan McKeown

Ealing, England
May 21
Date of passing: 
December 24, 2013




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Allan McKeown was a producer who won a Primetime Emmy in 1997 for the HBO series Tracey Takes On..., which starred Tracey Ullman, his wife of 30 years.

McKeown, who grew up in London, left school at 14 and later became a hairdresser who worked with such stars as The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Michael Caine.

After changing careers in the late 1960s, he went on to produce films, television and stage shows.

His movies included the comedies Porridge and To Russia With Elton. His live theatrical ventures included Lennon on Broadway, a collaboration with Yoko Ono, and Jerry Springer the Opera at London's National Theatre, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2004.

He made his most lasting impression on television, producing such U.K. programs as Shine on Harvey Moon, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Lovejoy, Birds of a Feather, Pie in the Sky and Goodbye Sweetheart. In the U.S., in addition to Tracey Takes On..., he produced another Ullman project, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.

McKeown died December 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. He was 67.