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Allan McKeown loses cancer battle at 66

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Dec 26, 2013 | 3:12pm EST

Producer Allan Mckeown has lost his battle with prostate cancer at the age of 66. McKeown passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday (24Dec13). He began his career as a hairdresser in the 1960s in the U.K. for celebrity clients including The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Michael Caine. He shifted careers in 1969 and became one of Britain's first independent television producers working on several U.K. and U.S. shows including Tracey Takes On, which won six Emmy Awards in 1997, with his actress wife Tracey Ullman. McKeown also founded a a group which acquired the ITV franchise in the south east of England. He sold his share in 1996. In addition to his TV work, McKeown also produced stage shows including The Big Love, Jerry Springer The Opera and Lennon, and films Villain, Get Carter and XYZ. McKeown was most recently working on Indian comedy series Mumbai Calling. He is survived by Ullman, who he married in 1983, and their two children.

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