Other books byMichael Feeney Callan
Sex, Death & the Movies
Richard Harris was a genius whose frenzied existence sometimes overshadowed his enormous talent. Over 45 years, his career spanned small theatrical productions and Hollywood blockbusters. Renowned for his roles in classics like Mutiny on the Bounty, A Man Called Horse, Camelot, The Field, and Unforgiven, Harris’ off-screen drinking and womanizing with fellow hell-raisers Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole also brought him notoriety. Although few people accompanied Harris for any duration on the roller-coaster ride of his life, award-winning writer, director, and fellow Irishman Michael Feeney Callan joined the ride and stayed the course. After striking up a warm friendship with the actor in the mid-70s, Callan embarked on an authorized biography. To mark Richard Harris’ passing, Callan has revisited and expanded on his original book to create this fresh and revealing tribute.
A Three-Act Life
Regarded by many to be among the greatest actors of modern cinema, Anthony Hopkins has amassed a prodigious body of work and created some of the most memorable characters in recent film. Awarded the Best Actor Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, Hopkins was also nominated by the Academy for his work in Nixon, Amistad, and The Remains of the Day. In both box-office returns and career longevity, the Welsh actor has outpaced all the British luminaries to whom he has been likened, among them Richard Burton and Sean Connery. Ranging from his earliest days, including his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, to his lauded work on stage and screen, Michael Feeney Callan’s definitive biography does full justice to this versatile and esteemed star.
Arise Sir Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins ranks as one of the most versatile and challenging actors of our time. Born in Wales in 1937, the son of a baker, Hopkins was a misfit growing up. This book details his difficultieshe failed at school, immersing himself in various forms of art rather than his studies; he later walked out on the National Theatre; and he lost himself in years of alcohol abuse. But these events now seen worlds away from the spectacular success Hopkins has gone on to achieve. Over the years he has won a multitude of awards, including an Oscar and, in 1993, a knighthood. This intimate biography of Hopkins is a penetrating study of obsession and ambition that is destined to rank as the definitive work on an important cultural icon.