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Peter Allen


Miami Vice Character
Man in Studio ("The Prodigal Son")
February 10, 1944, Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia
June 18, 1992, San Diego, California (Age 48, AIDS complications)
Liza Minnelli (1967-1974, divorced)
Gregory Connell (197?-1984, his death)

Peter Woolnough Allen (February 10, 1944 - June 18, 1992) was an Australian singer and songwriter who appeared in the show Miami Vice as a man walking through Margaret's studio in the episode "The Prodigal Son".


Allen was born in Tenterfield, Australia. He performed in the Australian caberet group Allen Brothers in the 1960s before being discovered by Mark Herron, husband of Judy Garland, who brought him to America to perform with Garland. He had a modest solo performing career, but his biggest success came from other performers singing his songs, including "Don't Cry Out Loud", which was a hit for Melissa Manchester, and "I Honestly Love You", performed by fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John and became her first big American hit. His only Billboard Hot 100 single was in 1981, with "Fly Away". That same year, he co-wrote the song "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" for the movie Arthur, which won an Academy Award for Best Song, and a #1 hit for Christopher Cross. His final album was recorded in 1990, Making Every Moment Count, featuring Manchester & Harry Connick, Jr. His film appearances were limited to cameos in the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the TV version of The Pirates of Penzance, and his Vice appearance was his last on film. His final live performance was in Sydney in January, 1992, six months before his death. His music lives on, featured in the series Dancing With The Stars and Glee.

Personal Life/Death

Allen was married to Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli from 1968-1974, when they divorced after Allen began a relationship with Gregory Connell, which continued until Connell's death from AIDS-related illnesses in 1984. Allen would succumb to AIDS-related throat cancer on June 18, 1992 at the age of 48.