Author? Actor? Serious Novellist? Genius? Stanley was ALL these things and more.
For a long time, he was just a mythical figure to us. A legend of the ages. But in early November 2000, thanks to the internet, we finally made contact with STAN THE MAN! We were OVER-JOYED to find that he was still very much alive and well and he happily provided us with lots more information for our site. Check out the 'Morgan Unearthed' 2001 Interview here or the later 2005 interview.
The Guardian obituary for Stan, printed shortly after his death is online here
Alternatively enjoy a brief synopsis of his career.
In the 1960's he co-starred in a number of British films such as The L-Shaped Room and Konga. Stanley even had a PIVOTAL role in the first Bond Movie - Dr No!! According to the Internet Movie Database There was some suggestion that Stan also appeared in an episode of Magnum PI in the 80's as a piano player..a rumour that Stan himself vigorously denied!
Around this time he also featured in several TV commercials such as Camay Soap, Black and Decker Tools and Esso Petrol. Then an advertising producer suggested he make a 'voice-over' test tape for Whiskas cat food...and a whole new career was launched. During the next ten years he did the voice-overs for some 500 commercials - Esso, Shell, British Army, Castella Cigars, Whiskas, Kodak etc - and became one of the top voice-over artists of the era.
In the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's he turned his hand to writing and wrote a series of books detailing the adventures of a happy-go-lucky ladies man, the name ofRUSS TOBIN. The first million sales of Tobin occurred in 1973. Stan says "Granada (Mayflower) presented me with a gold pen which I still have but have never used!" Total sales of Tobin were around TEN MILLION - without the benefit of critical review or any substantial advertising. He sold particularly well in Australia, New Zealand, India and the Far East, and, to nobody's surprise, was banned in 1970s South Africa.
Stan also gave us a trilogy based around a dodgyAirline, and somewhere along the way found time to write a couple of serious adventure books, a handful of other comedy books in the style of the Tobins and later on in the 1980's and 90's some serious thrillers which eluded critical acclaim, suffered from publishing disasters and are as a result, devilishly hard to come by. However, copies of his books frequently turn up on EBay (NB there is also an old jazz musician, an American Football player both called Stanley Morgan and the finance firm Morgan Stanley polluting the search results)
HisTobin novels and others were available at the time in Airport departure lounges and the like - easy-going hilarious reading for long boring journeys. Now at the turn of the century these works of genius can be located through Amazon Marketplace, charity shops, car-boot sales and house clearances.