Born in 1945 in Kenfig Hill, a small Welsh coal-mining village, Howard Marks attended Oxford University where he earned a degree in nuclear physics and post graduate qualifications in philosophy. Howard Marks has worked with the British Secret Service and has been connected with the Mafia, the IRA, MI6 and the CIA. Busted in 1988 by the American Drug Enforcement Agency and sentenced to twenty-five years at America's toughest federal penitentiary; Terre Haute, Indiana. He was released on parole in 1995 after serving seven years. In 1996 he released his autobiography, Mr. Nice, which remains an international best seller in several languages and was the best selling non-fiction book of 1997. The film of his life, Mr. Nice was released in 2010. His live shows, sees him discussing his life as a marijuana smuggler and his views on drug use and legalisation. The shows received excellent reviews throughout the national press.