Scott-Arthur Allen, Acting Coach for Four Decades, Dies at 76

Courtesy of Elizabeth Allen
Scott-Arthur Allen

He was a former actor, a talent manager, and an acting coach whose students included Sela Ward, Heather Locklear and Tea Leoni.

Scott-Arthur Allen, an actor, talent manager and acting coach for more than four decades, died on March 13 at his home in Nixa, Mo., after a long bout with cancer his wife, Elizabeth, said. He was 76.

In 1976, Allen founded what would become the Creative Actors Workshop in Los Angeles. He then moved the enterprise to Springfield, Mo., in 2002. His students included Sela Ward, Heather Locklear, Tea Leoni and Leslie Hope and castmembers on such films as Winter’s Bone (2011) and Super 8 (2011).

Allen also launched Gentle-Force Management and served as president of the Talent Managers Association.

A native of Shreveport, La., Allen was a singer, songwriter and piano player, who as a teenager fronted a band that shared stages with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he came to L.A. and performed at The Troubadour and other venues before turning to acting.

He had roles on such TV shows as Police Story, Emergency!, The Bionic Woman and CHiPs and in the Blake Edwards film S.O.B. (1981).

Allen and his wife formed the production company Creative Actors Collective in 2010.

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