"Colonel" Thomas Andrew "Tom" Parker (June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997) born Andreas Cornelis ("Dries") van Kuijk, was a Dutch-born entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis Presley.Strauss, Neil. "Tom Parker is Dead at 87; Controlled Presley's Career." New York Times. January 22, 1997.For many years Parker claimed to have been U.S.-born, but it eventually emerged that he was born in Breda, Netherlands.<!--spacing, please do not remove-->
Parker was born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk in Breda, the Netherlands, As a boy, he worked as a barker at carnivals in his home town, learning many of the attributes that he would require in later life working in the entertainment industry.