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Colonel Thomas Andrew "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.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> 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 Colonel" displayed a ruthless devotion to his own financial gain, rather than his client's interests, and took more than the traditional 10–15 percent of his earnings (reaching up to 50 percent by 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."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> For many years, Parker falsely claimed to have been born in the United States, but it eventually{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=When |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[when?] }} emerged that he was born in the Netherlands.<ref name="Victor394">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


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