Tonight, Tracey Ullman will return for her new sketch show. The Wall Street Journal writes, “She’s an uncanny mimic, satirist, cross-dresser, tap-dancer and, to judge from her new show, assassin: of pomposity, institutions and some the world’s more revered women.”
From 1983 until his death in 2013, Tracey Ullman was married to British TV and stage producer, Allan McKeown. Read on to learn more about him.
1. He Died at Age 67 From Prostate Cancer
McKeown died on Christmas Eve in 2013 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was surrounded by friends and family at his Los Angeles home. He was 67.
According to the Daily Mail, writer Simon Blackwell described McKeown as a “force of nature” and tweeted: “Very sad to hear about the death of the great comedy producer Allan McKeown, a talented and kind man.'”
2. He Was a Hairdresser Before Becoming a Producer
McKeown was born in Ealing on May 21, 1946. He left school at age 14 to become a hairdresser at Vidal Sassoon in Bond Street. In 1966, McKeown opened his own hair salon. He worked as a hairdresser on a number of films and TV shows like Sunday Night at the London Palladium, and films like Villain, Get Carter, and XYZ.
In 1969, McKeown left work as a hairdresser and became a producer at James Garrett and Partners, which was the largest TV commercial producer in the UK at the time. He was promoted to Managing Director shortly after joining the team.
As a hairdresser, some of Mckeown’s clients included The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Caine.
3. He Was a British TV and Stage Producer
After working with James Garrett and Partners, McKeown left to pursue a role at a production company called Witzend with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. He was involved in the production of films like Porridge and To Russia With Elton. He was also the executive producer of Central TV’s Auf Wiedersehen.
McKeown also executively produced the musical Lennon on Broadway with Yoko Ono, and Jerry Springer the Opera at London’s National Theater, which received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2004.
4. He and Ullman Were Married 30 Years
Ullman and McKeown met in 1983. They were married for 30 years.
Together, the couple has two children, Mabel and Johnny.
5. He Started His Own Independent American Production Company
McKeown launched his own independent American production company in 2007, called Allan McKeown Presents.
British Comedy Guide writes, “Allan McKeown Presents is a production company involved in British comedy, founded in 2007… Based in LA, the company also has offices in London, New York, and Mumbai. Production credits include the sitcom Mumbai Calling.”