|Born February 28, 1928; died June 28, 1976|
|Sir William Stanley Baker was a Welsh actor and film producer.
At 14 he was seen by a casting director from Ealing Studios, who recommended him for a role in the war film Undercover (1943). Caught by the acting bug, he pursued a professional acting career and six months later Baker appeared in a West End play called The Druid’s Rest, appearing alongside a young Richard Burton.
Following his demobilisation from the Royal Army Service Corps, Baker was determined to resume his acting career. He began appearing in films and on television, as well as performing on stage for the Middlesex Repertory Company. Baker attracted attention when cast as the bosun’s mate in the Hollywood-financed Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951). It was the ninth most popular film at the British box office that year.
While in New York, Baker read the novel The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat. Attracted to the idea of playing the unpleasant and somewhat cowardly Bennett, he lobbied successfully for the role in the 1953 film version. It was the most successful film at the British box office in 1953 and Baker was now established in films.
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