By Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed is a countrywide treasure - an actor whose stellar profession spans over fifty years with over 2 hundred television and movie appearances and dozens of iconic roles together with Porthos in The 3 Musketeers, lengthy John Silver in Return To Treasure Island, Richard IV in Blackadder, Vultan in Flash Gordon and Boss Nass in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. He was once additionally in Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare variations of Henry V, As you love It and Hamlet.
He's additionally an explorer and mountaineer - the oldest guy to have trekked to the magnetic North Pole and to have climbed to 28,000 toes with oxygen - and a boxer who has sparred with Joe Louis and Mohammad Ali. Now this proficient raconteur is sharing his amazing tale of a lifestyles lived to the complete. humorous, outspoken, every now and then touching, Absolute Pandemonium is the wonderful tale of 1 of Britain's best-loved actors.
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