I'll post a pic, but the following video shot three years ago shows him perfectly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4JtRPQYQHM&feature=related
He's about 5'10", with a large head that's just a bit out of proportion for the rest of his body--when Merv Griffin chose hosts for his game shows, he looked for this characteristic, said it looked amazing on TV. Graham hasn't changed at all since then, but what's more the video shows where he's coming from nowadays re food so it's worth watching.
I'm not sure where the video was shot, there's an opening sequence of him and Treena standing in front of a very modern home and I'm guessing that's his old residence on Camano Island. He lived there a long time, on waterfront and where he could keep his sailboat at hand. He and Treena have logged 30,000 miles by sailboat in their lives. But in 2008 he moved a little further inland and now lives in Mt. Vernon, a small quaint agricultural town off I-5 just south of Bellingham whose environs I live in. The move itself neccessitated he find something to do with his time (I suspect sailing is now off the agenda), and the timing of the move meant that the new kitchen garden he planted did spectacularly in the magically warm summer of 2009.
And that's the subject of his new book, Growing at the Speed Of Life
. He apparently has never had any success at gardening before. On Camano he planted like three herbs and all died immediately, so that was the end of that. He had always hated gardening, and he never had the patience to try again (the 'Galloping' part of his moniker had a great deal to do with his impatient temperament) until this last move, fueled in some part by his increasing conviction that the world will run out of food by 2030. What they can't eat, he gives to the local Food Bank and he grows as much as he can so he can give as much as he can.
And that's key to who Graham Kerr is today. He's deeply religious, but he doesn't prosletyze. It's just part of his very fabric, so if you're going to chat with him for an hour you're going to hear a few references because he makes choices based on what he believes a higher power has directed him to do. Some of that came up when he talked about being on Rachel Ray's show. They flew him first class to New York. And he appeared on the show, being the last and most waited-for among a cadre of food royalty. After the show he was ferried by limo to his hotel, where they'd booked him in a penthouse suite. But instead of feeling good, it all felt terribly hollow. He called sitting in his room that day one of the lowest moments of his life.
He's an extremely giving, loving man; an extremely GOOD man. All that affectionate sugar-talk of the old TV show was no act, it's who he really is. I got a big laugh for introducing him to Bob with, "Bob's my last crush but you were my first!" (the news that I was just 10 at the time only daunted his spirits a little
) and that big both-arms-wrapped-around-me hug later as I said goodnight. But food isn't what we talked about, except where he practically cried with regret talking about what it was like to realize that all that clarified butter and cream had done to Treena's health. "I just love her," he said simply, "always have. I've known her since she was 10 years old--I was 11--and loved her all this time, and there just isn't anything I wouldn't do for her." I fell in love all over again.
His cooking philosphy now? It's not about cultural-identification or prescription, like "low-fat", it's "Do no harm." And that applies to our bodies, the ground we live on and the water supply on which we depend. Which means they live on a fully organic plant-based diet as neccessitated by Treena's diabetes, naturally high cholesterol and history of heart attack and stroke.
So that's what happened.