Allan Carr

Active - 1969 - 2016  |   Born - May 27, 1937   |   Died - Jun 29, 1999   |   Genres - Musical, Comedy

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Biography by Ryan Shriver

Thanks to Allan Carr, there is a filmed version of the musical Grease and a movie musical sequel, Grease 2. The first, based on the Broadway musical, became a smash hit in 1978, and enjoyed a similarly successful re-release on its 20th anniversary in 1998. The second, although not much of a force at the box office at the time of its release in 1982, features an interesting early performance by Michelle Pfeiffer (who was one of the many stars he considered his personal discovery). Carr was heavily involved with both film and stage productions throughout most of his professional life. He started off as a talent coordinator, which led to his becoming a talent manager. His clientele included Joan Rivers, Ann-Margret, and Peter Sellers. Later, he became a producer of film and theater, with the stage version of La Cage aux Folles that he produced earning a Tony award. In 1980, he met with some disappointment and failure with the Village People vehicle Can't Stop the Music. The film not only hurt Carr's career, but virtually single-handedly ended Village People's popularity and success. In the 1990s, he suffered a string of health problems and in 1999, cancer ended his life, one month after he was diagnosed.

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