Stanley Baker

A Life in Film

Robert Shail

Stanley Baker

Robert Shail

Distributed for University of Wales Press

160 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $10.00 ISBN: 9780708321263 Published December 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

For a small nation, Wales has produced a unique roster of acting talent. Few, however, could equal the level of film stardom experienced by Stanley Baker. His remarkable rise to fame took him from an impoverished childhood in the Rhondda Valley of South Wales to international stardom and acclaim in films such as Zulu and Accident.

As well as being an important figure in front of the camera, he became a producer and studio executive, while never losing his connection to his Welsh background.  Over the years, the world’s press and his fans have been attracted to the "rags to riches" story of a poor boy making good, and to how the on-screen tough guy was in private a tender, loyal family man.

This biography is the first in-depth examination of the  life and career of a "boy from the valley" who managed to avoid a life working in the mines and instead became an international star. Robert Shail’s fascinating portrayal sheds considerable light on the image of Welsh national identity and masculinity that Stanley Baker projected.

List of Illustrations
Chapter One: Out of the Valleys
Chapter Two: The Man you Love to Hate
Chapter Three: Becoming a Tough Guy
Chapter Four: The Hero of Rorke’s Drift
Chapter Five: Acting for Losey
Chapter Six: From Actor to Producer
Chapter Seven: The Journey Home

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