Allan Wargon was born in Lodz, Poland in 1925. At age 2 he emigrated with his parents to Toronto. At 12 he was enrolled in the second year of the art course at Central Technical School. Thereafter he was admitted to the third year of a four-year course at the Ontario College of Art. He left there before graduation to take a job with Les Wookey, Jack Bush and W.A. Winter. After working as a designer at Eaton’s College Street under René Cera, at age 21 he was named chief designer of Eaton's decorative displays department. He left there in 1948 to join Canada’s National Film Board, leaving it in 1957 to become an independent filmmaker. In all, he made over 150 films. He created, produced and directed the 39 colour-film series Mr. Piper. As a result of his first film, The Longhouse People, he was adopted by the Six Nations Iroquois and made a Cayuga of the Young Bear clan.

In 1964 he moved to rural Ontario, where he continued to make films and took up organic farming. His primary creative focus has shifted to novel and other writing, which continues to the present day.