Thomas Andrew "Colonel Tom" Parker (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk; June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997) was a Dutch-born American talent manager, best known as the manager of Elvis Presley. His management of Presley defined the role of masterminding talent management, which involved every facet of the client's life and was seen as central to the success of Presley's career.
The King and I Edit
In 1973, Richie Finestra attempts to convince Elvis Presley to stop singing in Las Vegas and instead focus on making new, creative music, acting like a true king. Colonel Tom Parker gets furious when he finds out Richie was going behind his back and talking about papers with Elvis and has Elvis point a gun at him.
- "The Colonel" displayed a ruthless devotion to his own financial gain at the expense of his client. While other managers took compensation in the range of 10–15 percent of earnings, Parker took as much as 50 percent toward the end of Presley's life. Presley said of Parker, "I don't think I'd have ever been very big if it wasn't for him. He's a very smart man."