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Glyn Houston - A Black and White Actor Paperback – 1 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dean Powell (1 Oct. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0955085411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955085413
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,291,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A FASCINATING account of the life of one of Wales's finest actors tells the tale of a career that has spanned more than half a century. This incredibly honest rags to riches story reveals how a South Wales valley boy running his grandmother's milk round, became one of Britain's most popular actors of television and film.

A poignant but often hilarious memoir, Houston reveals his total devotion for the country of his birth as he embarked on a career that has seen him appear in more than 80 films for cinema or television and countless theatre productions. A self-confessed hell-raiser in his youth, who even experimented with hallucinogenic drugs, he often spent time with drinking friends in Stanley Baker and Richard Burton, mixing with East End villains like the Kray twins.

Written with a brilliant wit and saucy humour, Houston shares memories of his Rhondda upbringing during the depression, the loss of his mother when he was a little boy, his father's desertion and the many happy childhood memories so brilliantly captured in the works of playwright and poet Gwyn Thomas, who became such a close friend.

Introduced to the acting profession by older brother Donald, already established as a matinee idol, Glyn began his career by entertaining the troops in Singapore before making his film debut as the cheeky cockney barrow boy in Dirk Bogarde's The Blue Lamp. Since then his acting prowess has seen him appear in every conceivable role, from the first on-screen lover of Joan Collins in Turn The Key Softly to the aged father of Anthony Hopkins in Heartlands.
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