Stanley Baker was a giant of British cinema. Like Robert Mitchum (with whom he was often compared) he could play heroes and villains with ease. But he was a tender tough guy who remained close to his Welsh roots and eschewed the Hollywood road taken by his contemporaries. In this new illustrated talk writer and broadcaster Tony Earnshaw recalls the life and times of the Welsh actor and producer who was taken too soon at the young age of 48. This new lecture was debuted at the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, on July 6. Also unveiled that night was a new monograph in tribute to Baker containing contributions from friends and colleagues including actress Siân Phillips.
“Stanley Baker was just one of the nicest men I have ever met. He was a real man, a real man’s man. He would say about Ellen, his wife, “Oh, she’s such a good girl. She’s good as bread.” Well, I think Stanley was good as bread – ‘bread’ meaning the bread we eat, you know? It’s a very sweet saying.” – Siân Phillips CBE
Writer Phil Morris was sufficiently inspired by this talk to write a very thorough piece on Stanley Baker. Read it here.
RECENTLY: Holmfirth Film Festival, May 16, 2015, plus screening of The Criminal.