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Tracey Ullman‘s husband of 30 years, producer Allan McKeown, died on Tuesday after a long battle with prostate cancer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He was 67.
A former hairdresser who later became a producer, McKeown co-created Tracey Takes On… and State of the Union with his wife. The two of them won an Emmy for outstanding variety, musical or comedy series in 1997.
The U.K. native was born in Ealing on May 21, 1946. He left school at age 14 to become a hairdresser, ultimately working with The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Michael Caine, among others.
He changed careers in 1969, joining James Garrett and Partners as a commercial producer. He later formed the production company Witzend with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, making the feature films Porridge and To Russia With Elton. Witzend became SelecTV and McKeown ultimately sold his stake to Pearson.
He went on to become a founding member of the Meridian consortium, which made a successful bid for the ITV franchise for southeast England.
His other credits include executive producing the TV shows Auf Wiedersehen, Pet; Shine on Harvey Moon, Lovejoy and Birds of a Feather as well as producing the musical Lennon on Broadway with Yoko Ono and Jerry Springer the Opera at London’s National Theatre, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2004.
McKeown, who died at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by his family, is survived by Ullman and their children, daughter Mabel and son Johnny.
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