Sunday, July 23, 2006

Stanley Baker: Portrait of an Actor

If you should come across a copy of Anthony Storey's Stanley Baker: Portrait of an Actor (1977) then you're in luck. This rare hardback - if it's in good nick - is worth well over a £100. Not bad for a fairly trashy biography.

What surprises me is that this is the only biography of the Welsh actor out there. Given that he starred alongside everyone from Gregory Peck to Ursula Andress; had a fascinating working relationship with exiled American film director Joseph Losey; and was a pal of London gangster Charlie Richardson, you'd have thought someone might have seen the potential for a new Baker biography.

Anyway, next time you're scanning the shelves of your local charity shop keep your eyes skinned - you might just pick up a bargain.