Appointed a C.B.E. in 1995 and knighted in the 2002 New Year's Honours List. Now known as Sir Alan Parker.
His sons Alexander Parker and Jake Parker help their father out on a lot of his projects, e.g. composing the score for The Life of David Gale (2003).
Writes the press kit annotations for journalists at advance screenings himself. Has done so since 1981.
He was a founding member of the Directors' Guild of Great Britain and has lectured at film schools around the world.
In an interview for The Road to Wellville (1994), Parker stated that his mission as a filmmaker was to make at least one movie for each genre available.
Has published several collections of film industry-related cartoons, including "Hares in the Gate" (1983).
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 44th Cannes International Film Festival in 1991.
Usually, his films end with either the main character dying or end with a depressing down note (see Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), Evita (1996), The Life of David Gale (2003), Angela's Ashes (1999), Mississippi Burning (1988) and Midnight Express (1978)).
Considers Oliver Stone as his strong antagonist since their collaborations on Midnight Express (1978). Parker even declined several times to give him WGA credits for his previous work on Evita (1996), but finally agreed to do so after a long deliberation with WGA's law representatives.
Is friends with director Tony Scott, whom he sponsored to direct The Hunger (1983) for producer Richard Shepard.
Has directed 3 actors to Oscar nominations: John Hurt (Best Supporting Actor, Midnight Express (1978)), Gene Hackman (Best Actor, Mississippi Burning (1988)), and Frances McDormand (Best Supporting Actress, Mississippi Burning (1988)).
One of Parker's idols Fred Zinnemann became an unlikely mentor and would often agree to see many of his films before anyone else.
Father of Nathan Parker.
In order to join the Directors Guild Of America (DGA) a candidate must be nominated by three established members. When Parker applied for membership his nominators were : Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola and John Schlesinger.
He did Bugsy Malone by creating a product. When he signed Jody Foster she had only done 'Little Girl Down the Lane' but by the time filming started she had shot to notice in the film 'Taxi Driver',.
He wrote 'Melody' and decided to give up his day job for the film but he couldn't get in because of his his lack of experience and being unknown so turned to doing commercials.